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Eileen Diaz McConnell

Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6303
President's Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6303
President's Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6303
Biography: 

Eileen Díaz McConnell is President's Professor in the School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University.  She earned her doctorate in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame in 2001 and previously worked at Indiana University and the University of Illinois. 

See website for more information.

Education: 

Ph.D. Sociology, University of Notre Dame 2001 

Research Interests: 

Professor McConnell’s recent scholarship focuses on two areas. 

The first is the broader implications of U.S. immigration policy and the consequent lack of opportunities for paths to citizenship as a structural barrier hindering the mobility and incorporation of Mexican and Central American immigrants and their families. For instance, a co-authored paper examines the associations of parents’ nativity, citizenship, legal status and children's age with children’s participation in structured after-school activities, published in Applied Developmental Science in 2020. In other studies published over the last half decade, she has focused on identifying where and when legal status leads to disparities in housing and wealth outcomes such as residential crowding, homeownership, housing affordability, and non-housing wealth. Partially funded by the National Institutes of Health (R03), these appears have been published in EthnicitiesHousing Policy DebateRace and Social Problems, Social Science Research and Social Problems.

Other related quantitative work focuses on the survival strategies and resilience of Mexican and Central American immigrants navigating anti-immigrant policy contexts. A co-authored article draws from asset-based perspectives to explore how Mexican and Central American parents in the U.S. support their families, via family routines and maternal knowledge of children's friendships; published in International Migration Review in 2020. 

A second area weaves together Professor McConnell’s interests in U.S. population dynamics and media representations of racial/ethnic groups, and public opinion about the growth of people of color in the United States. One in-progress paper explores non-Hispanic Whites’ views about the projections of future ethnoracial diversification, another considers how misinformation about the demographics of U.S. immigrants might be associated with immigration policy priorities among U.S. adults. A long-term research interest, this work includes analyses of mainstream newspaper coverage of 1990-2000 racial and ethnic population change in Atlanta, Georgia; representations of 1990-2020 Latina/o/x population growth in the Los Angeles Times, and the number of unauthorized immigrants in Arizona as covered in the Arizona Republic. This work has been published in Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, Latino Studies, and the Sociology of Race and Ethnicity.

Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
TCL 304Transborder Research Methods
TCL 314Transborder Latin Am Migration
SOC 314Transborder Latin Am Migration
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
TCL 314Transborder Latin Am Migration
SOC 314Transborder Latin Am Migration
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
TCL 304Transborder Research Methods
TCL 314Transborder Latin Am Migration
SOC 314Transborder Latin Am Migration
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
TCL 314Transborder Latin Am Migration
TCL 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
TCL 314Transborder Latin Am Migration
TCL 342Social Demographics of Latinos
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
TCL 304Transborder Research Methods
TCL 314Transborder Latin Am Migration
TCL 484Internship
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
TCL 314Transborder Immigration & Econ
TCL 342Social Demographics of Latinos
Presentations: 
  • Eileen Diaz McConnell 2010. Media Representations of Racial and Ethnic Population Change in Atlanta, Georgia: 1990-2000. American Sociological Association (Aug 2010).
  • McConnell, Eileen Diaz. "Media Representations of the Growth and Change of Asian and Latino Populations in Atlanta, Georgia: 1990-2000.". "Latinos/as and the Media" Conference, City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Jus (Feb 2009).
  • McConnell, Eileen. Too Much Information? Latina/o Demographic Trends and the Latino Image in the 21st Century. Latina/o Images for the 21st Century Conference (Jan 2008).
  • McConnell, Eileen. Mortgage Lending Discrimination and U.S. Latinos. Briefing for Congressional Staffers (Mar 2006).
  • McConnell, Eileen. Mortgage Lending Discrimination and U.S. Latinos: Evidence and Solutions. (Mar 2006).
  • McConnell, Eileen. State of Latino Housing in the United States. Center for Responsible Lending (Mar 2006).
  • McConnell, Eileen. State of Latino Housing in the United States. Presentation to staff of the Center for Responsible Lending (Mar 2006).
  • McConnell, Eileen. Buying into the American Dream: Mexican Immigrants, Legal Status, and Homeownership in Los Angeles. (Dec 2005).
  • McConnell, Eileen. The Roof Over Our Heads: The State of Hispanic Housing in the United States. National Hispanic Prayer Breakfast (Jun 2005).
  • McConnell, Eileen. Changing Demographics in Illinois: Implications for Planning. (Mar 2005).
  • McConnell, Eileen. Mexican Immigrant Homeownership in Los Angeles County. Annual Meeting of the Southern Demographic Association (Oct 2004).
  • McConnell, Eileen, Delgado-Romero, Edward. Latinos, Panethnicity, and Census 2000: Reality or Methodological Construction. Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (Aug 2004).
  • McConnell, Eileen. Illinois' Growing Immigrant Population. An Informed Discussion of Financial Access for Immigrants Conference (Mar 2004).
  • McConnell, Eileen. The Changing Demography of Latinos: California and Georgia, 1990-2000. Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America (May 2003).
  • McConnell, Eileen. The Hispanic Population: Comparing Census Bureau Data Sources in Traditional and Non-Traditional States. Annual Meeting of the Joint Statistical Meetings (Aug 2002).
  • McConnell, Eileen, Guzmán, Betsy. Evaluating Census 2000 Hispanic Data. Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America (May 2002).
  • McConnell, Eileen. The Midwest in Transition: An Examination of the Unprecedented Growth in the Hispanic Population. Third Upper Midwest Conference on Demographics for Policy Makers and Analysts (Nov 2001).
  • McConnell, Eileen. Persistence or Change in the Locational Preferences of Mexican Immigrants to the United States: The Adaptive Strategies of Repeat Migrants. Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (Aug 2001).
  • McConnell, Eileen. Modeling Locational Choice: The Determinants of Mexican Migration to the Southwestern and Midwestern United States. Annual Meeting of the Southern Demographic Association (Oct 2000).
  • McConnell, Eileen, LeClere, Felicia. The Destinational Context of Mexican Immigration to the United States: English Proficiency in the Southwest and Midwest. Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America (Mar 2000).
  • McConnell, Eileen. Government Data Sources, Ethnic Classification, and the Packaging of Hispanicity. Community of Scholars Conference
  • McConnell, Eileen. Latinos en los Estados Unidos y en UIUC: Pasado, Presente, y Futuro (Latinos in the U.S. and at UIUC: Past, Present, and Future.). Latina/o Family Visit Day, sponsored by the Latina/Latino Studies Program
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