What she studies

Victoria Reyes is a sociologist who studies culture, borders, and empires. Her research and teaching interests include culture, global and transnational sociology, economic sociology, urbanism, historical/comparative sociology, qualitative methods, and law and society.

Her work

Her first book, Global Borderlands: Fantasy, Violence, and Empire is forthcoming (September 2019) from Stanford University Press and her work has been published in Social Forces, Ethnography, Theory and SocietyCity & CommunityPoetics, and International Journal of Comparative Sociology, among other outlets.

Awards and recognitions

She’s received fellowships, awards and/or grants from the American Association of University Women, National Science Foundation, American Sociological Association, Institute of International Education, Law and Society Association, National Women’s Studies Association, and National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan, among others. She is also a member of the Scholars Strategy Network and SheSource, and has written for The Conversation, the Monkey Cage at the Washington Post, and Inside Higher Ed.

My research focuses on borders and boundaries – how they are created and remade as well as how they shape inequality in global settings. In doing so, I examine sovereignty as a socio-cultural and contingent process, the cultural foundations of socio-economic activity, and the role of place in social life.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION

Victoria is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in her research, teaching, and service. For example, she mentors and incorporates a diverse team of undergraduates in her research and writes advice columns to reveal the “hidden curriculum” of academia for underrepresented, first generation and other graduate and undergraduate students from marginalized and/or disadvantaged backgrounds. Recently she was nominated by graduate students, and selected to receive, UCR Department of Sociology’s 2019 Outstanding Faculty Mentor of Graduate Students Award. Commitment to DEI in her service activities include, among other activities, serving on UCR’s Academic Senate’s Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and spearheading two potentially new awards in the Community & Urban Sociology Section: one on socially-engaged research and one for exceptional teaching, both of which recognize the diverse ways faculty, particularly those from underrepresented groups, contribute to the profession.

LEADERSHIP

Victoria has been elected and appointed to leadership positions in various sections of the American Sociological Association, including the Sociology of Culture, Consumers and Consumption, Asia and Asian America, Community & Urban Sociology, Sociology of Development, and Political Economy of the World System sections, and has served as a volunteer for the Global and Transnational Sociology, Comparative/Historical Sociology, and Economic Sociology sections. She is also currently an elected member of the awards committee of the Sociologists for Women in Society, where she serves as chair of the feminist activism award committee. She has also served as a Culture Network Representative for the Social Science History Association.

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