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Eileen Diaz McConnell

Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6303
Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6303
Biography: 

Eileen Díaz McConnell is 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. 

Professor McConnell’s most recent scholarship focuses on three areas. The first uses quantitative approaches to examine the broader implications of lacking legal status for adult and child well-being and resilience. One article published in Applied Developmental Science in 2018 examines the associations of parents’ nativity, citizenship, and legal status with children’s participation in structured out-of-school activities. An in-progress study examines variation in the family routines and maternal knowledge of children's associations and friendships among a sample of undocumented Mexican immigrant mothers relative to their U.S. born and documented immigrant co-ethnic peers. 

A second research focus weaves together Professor McConnell’s interests in U.S. population dynamics, media representations of racial/ethnic groups, and perceptions of racial/ethnic diversification. This focus includes analyses of newspaper coverage of racial and ethnic population change in Atlanta, Georgia; estimates of the number of unauthorized immigrants in Arizona produced by the Pew Hispanic Center; and newspaper coverage of 1990-2010 Latina/o population growth in the Los Angeles Times. This work has been published in Latino Studies, Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, and the Sociology of Race and Ethnicity. A new, in-progress study examines the predictors of the mainstream U.S. public's views of racial/ethnic census projections using recently-collected longitudinal data. 

A third research project analyzes longitudinal survey data to identify the predictors of abstract immigration attitudes and views about immigration policies and immigration enforcement activities before and after the U.S. presidential election of 2016. 

See website for more information.

Education: 

Ph.D. Sociology, University of Notre Dame 2001 

Research Interests: 

Professor McConnell’s recent scholarship focuses on three areas. The first is a study of the associations of nativity, citizenship, and legal status in shaping housing and wealth outcomes for Latinos in the United States. Housing and wealth are directly and indirectly linked with the well-being of children and adults. Drawing from multiple literatures, theoretical frameworks, and the insights of prior qualitative and quantitative research, this project focuses on documenting where and when lacking legal status has persistent residual disparities on the crowding, homeownership, housing affordability, and non-housing wealth of unauthorized Latina/o immigrants relative to other Latino immigrants, U.S. born Latinos, and other groups. Results of this research contribute to the growing literature of how lacking legal status is a structural barrier hindering the mobility and incorporation of Mexican, Central American, and other Latino immigrants and their families. Partially funded by the National Institutes of Health (R03), this work has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Social Science Research, Social Problems, Race and Social Problems, and Ethnicities.

A second project addresses the broader implications of lacking legal status for adult and child well-being and resilience. For instance, in an article published in Housing Policy Debate (2016), she identifies gaps in hazard and disaster scholarship and practice regarding the intersections of personal and housing vulnerabilities, immigrant legal status as an understudied yet crucial personal vulnerability, and the disparate accumulation of overlapping housing disadvantages across socially vulnerable groups. Another paper examines the associations of parents’ nativity, citizenship, legal status and children's age with children’s participation in structured after-school activities, forthcoming in Applied Developmental Science in 2018. A third  manuscript explores intra-Latinx variation in family routines and maternal knowledge of children's friendships from an asset-based perspective.

These projects differentiate between U.S. born Latinos and Latino immigrants who are naturalized citizens, legal permanent residents, other authorized non-citizens and those lacking legal permission to live and work in the country. This disaggregation offers a more nuanced analysis of the heterogeneity of Mexican, Central American, and other Latin American immigrants and natives than most previous quantitative research in these areas.

A third research focus weaves together Professor McConnell’s interests in U.S. population dynamics and media representations of racial/ethnic groups. Media coverage of demographics is important, both because the general public does not typically read demographic reports and because media framing of statistics and population trends are linked with attitudes, policy positions, and political partisanship. This work includes analyses of newspaper coverage of 1990-2000 racial and ethnic population change in Atlanta, Georgia; representations of estimates of the number of unauthorized immigrants in Arizona produced by the Pew Hispanic Center; and representations of 1990-2010 Latina/o population growth in the Los Angeles Times. This work has been published in Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, Latino Studies, and the Sociology of Race and Ethnicity.

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
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
TCL 304Transborder Research Methods
TCL 314Transborder Immigration & Econ
TCL 484Internship
TCL 493Honors Thesis
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
TCL 314Transborder Immigration & Econ
TCL 342Social Demographics of Latinos
TCL 492Honors Directed Study
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
Service: 

School, College, and University Service

Member, Search Committee for Social Sciences Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 2020.

Chair, Search Committee for Assistant Professor, School of Transborder Studies, 2019-2020.

Member, Executive Committee, School of Transborder Studies, 2019-present.

Chair, Ad Hoc Presentation Committee for Probationary Review of Assistant Professor Edward Vargas, School of Transborder Studies, 2019.

Member, Curriculum Committee, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 2017-2018, 2019-2020.

Invited Member, Advisory Board, College of Liberal Arts and Science Dean’s Initiative on Inequality, 2017-2018. (Co-organized three events in Spring 2018, coordinated 30 faculty presentations, facilitating breakout activities and discussion at each event.)

Community Engagement

Data and Research Consultant, Aliento, Phoenix, AZ. 2018-present.

Panelist, COVID-19 en la Frontera entre Arizona y Sonora: Migración y solicitantes de Asilo en Tiempos de Pandemia, Virtual Session, Nuevas Direcciones para la investigación y políticas públicas transfronterizas. Alianza Interuniversitaria Sonora-Arizona. June 2020.

Invited Panelist, Immigration & K-12 Education in Arizona, Teach for America Arizona Alumni Leadership Board Speaker Series. Phoenix, AZ. October 2019.

Co-organizer and Presenter, Two Civic Academies on “Welcome the Stranger: Immigration & Catholic Teaching,” St. Patrick Catholic Community, Scottsdale, AZ. January and February 2019.