Shawna Avila

Shawna Avila

Graduate Student | PhD Candidate
Contact: Shawna Avila

I was born in Michigan but have lived in multiple states and another country (Argentina) since then. I moved to Miami in August 2011. My B.A. was in Spanish (focus on Latin American Studies) with a minor in Psychology. My M.S. was in Clinical Mental Health Studies (emphasis in multicultural counseling. As part of that program, I completed an internship counseling court-ordered clients for substance abuse and violence issues. In the GSS Department I am in the Sociology track and I am also working on graduate certificates in Latin American Studies and in African and African Diaspora Studies. My research interests are migration, Latino/a Studies, citizenship and belonging, inequality, and racial and ethnic minorities. For my dissertation, I plan to study the identity formation of unauthorized immigrants and their U.S.-born spouses and the de facto loss of rights and the creation of barriers that hinder the quality of life of the U.S-born spouse.