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Angelica Ruvalcaba (she/her/ella) is a dual-major doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology and Chicano/Latino Studies Program with a specialization in Women's and Gender Studies at Michigan State University. Her research interests include Chicana feminism, Latinx sociology, sociology of education, race/ethnicity, and immigration.



Estimated May 2023

Michigan State University

Ph.D. Sociology 
Dual Major in Chicano/Latino Studies

Specialization in Women’s and Gender Studies
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan 

May 2020

Michigan State University

M.A. Sociology

Thesis: “I Can Be Myself, [Almost] Always: A Latinx Microclimate in a Predominantly White Institution of Higher Education”  

Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

May 2017

Texas A&M University

B.A. Sociology

Latino/a & Mexican American Studies minor; History minor

Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

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Latina Undergraduate Student Activism 

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March 2022 - Present


Dissertation Summary:

This qualitative dissertation explores Latina undergraduates' activism at a predominantly white institution of higher education in the Midwest. Through the use of semi-structured interviews, I explore themes of justice, challenging apathy, and amplifying the voices of marginalized peoples through activism. 

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August 2021 - Present

Understanding the relationship between field of study and college attainment 

Graduate Research Assistantship

In this quantitative study, the relationship between majoring in Ethnic, Area, and Gender Studies and bachelor's degree attainment is examined through a QuantCrit lens. Additionally, we explore the differences in this relationship among racial and ethnic groups.

January 2022 - Present

A Critical Race Theory Analysis of DEI Statements from BIG 10 Sociology Departments

Research Supervisor Assignment

In this study, the research team explores the ways in which Departments of Sociology in the BIG 10 Academic Alliance discuss and engage with racism and other systems of oppression as they appear in their DEI statements. This work is in collaboration with Katrina Groeller, Jenny Olivarez, and Dr. Jennifer Lai.

November 2018 - May 2020

I can be myself [almost] always: A Latinx microclimate in a predominantly white institution of higher education

Master's Thesis

Through the use of open-ended interviews and demographic questionnaires, I explore themes of belonging, identity, invalidation, space, and microaggressions through a Critical Race Theory and LatCrit lens.


Published Manuscript

Ruvalcaba, Angelica, Madeline Nash, Jennifer Lai, and Jihan Mohammed. 2020. “Reclaiming Space: The Narratives of Female Doctoral Students of Color.” Women, Gender, and Families of Color 8(2):194-202.

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Accepted Manuscripts

Ayala, María Isabel, Magaly Ordoñez, and Angelica Ruvalcaba. “The Framing of Latinxs’ Education: An Examination of Spanish-Language Newspapers.” Latino Studies Journal. 

Lai, Jennifer, and Angelica Ruvalcaba. Forthcoming. “Institutional Compassion: Counterstories to betrayal in sociology.” Feminisms, Race, and Social Justice. The Feminist Wire Books. 

Flores, Amanda, Angelica Ruvalcaba, Erika Vallejo, Dianey Leal. Forthcoming. “Midwest Tejanas: Navigating entre mundos juntas.” ¡Somos Tejanas!  

Manuscripts in Progress

Ruvalcaba, Angelica. “I Can Be Myself, [Almost] Always: A Latinx Microclimate in a Predominantly White Institution of Higher Education.” 

Ayala, Maria Isabel, and Angelica Ruvalcaba. "Understanding the relationships between field of study and college attainment." 

Ruvalcaba, Angelica, Katrina Groeller, Jenny Olivarez, and Jennifer Lai. “Invisible Obstacles and Hidden Curriculums: Behind Racial Disparities in Times to Degree Completion in Sociology.”

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Race and Ethnicity
Department of Sociology 
Michigan State University

July 2022 - August 2022
May 2021 - June 2021

Introduction to Chicano/Latino Studies 
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Chicano/Latino Studies Program 
Michigan State University

August 2018 - May 2019


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Academic Conference Presentations, Scholarship Spotlights, and Interview Highlights

American Sociological Association 2021, Virtual.

American Sociological Association 2021, Virtual.

Invisible Obstacles, Hidden Curriculums

National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies 2019 Albuquerque, NM.

National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies 2019 Albuquerque, NM.

De-Centering Whiteness: Subverting the Narrative at Predominantly White Institutions of Higher Education

Julian Samora Research Scholarship

Julian Samora Research Scholarship

2019-2020 Recipient

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East Lansing, Michigan 48823


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