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Ernesto Castaneda Director, Center for Latin American and Latino Studies Sociology

(202) 885-2412 (Office)
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PhD, Columbia University
BA, University of California, Berkeley

Ernesto Castañeda is the Director of the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, Founding Director of the Immigration Lab, and Graduate Program Director of the MA in Sociology, Research, and Practice.

He conducts research on migration, urban issues, health disparities, marginalized populations, and social movements. He compares immigrant integration and ethnic political mobilization in the U.S. and Western Europe.

Castañeda is the author of "A Place to Call Home: Immigrant Exclusion and Urban Belonging in New York, Paris, and Barcelona" (Stanford 2018), and "Building Walls: Excluding Latin People in the United States" (Lexington 2019), editor of "Immigration and Categorical Inequality: Migration to the City and the Birth of Race and Ethnicity" (Routledge, 2018); co-editor with Cathy Lisa Schneider of "Collective Violence, Contentious Politics, and Social Change: A Charles Tilly Reader." (Routledge 2017), and co-author with Charles Tilly and Lesley Wood of "Social Movements 1768–2018" (Routledge 2020).

NEW books: "Immigration Realities: Challenging Common Misperceptions" with Carina Cione. Columbia University Press 2024.

'Reunited: Family Reunification and Central American Youth Migration." with Daniel Jenks. Russell Sage Foundation. 2024.

He is affiliated with the Center on Health, Risk, and Society, the Metropolitan Policy Center, and the Transatlantic Policy Center, and the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University in Washington, DC.

Links to publications and policy briefs are available at

ernesto dot castaneda at out look dot com
See Also
Personal website
Google Scholar
Center for Latin American and Latino Studies
Immigration Lab
For the Media
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Spring 2024

  • HNRS-398 Honors Challenge Course

  • SOCY-639 Int/Pres Results from Soc Res

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Media Appearances


July 2, 2018. “A Tale of three cities: Immigrant Exclusion and Belonging." Gregg Sangillo. News. American University.

October 14, 2015. “A Nation of Nations.” Gregg Sangillo. News. American University.

September 24, 2015. “Getting to Know Them.” Gregg Sangillo. College News. American University.

Selected Publications