I use qualitative methodologies (comparative historical, ethnographic, discourse analysis) to study how policies produce inequalities (and how mobility challenges them) in order to further a politics of possibility.
Research interest(s)/area of expertise
- Race/Ethnicity, Immigration
Out of Place: Latina/o/xs, Borders and Socio-Spatial (Im)Mobility
This book project introduces the concepts of bordering and border-crossing practices to explain socio-spatial mobility.
Is space cause or consequence of the social?
While Detroit was growing to become an icon of the American Dream, W.E.B DuBois and Robert Park differed in their answer to this question and in their analyses of how the city shaped opportunity. Over one-hundred years later, the question continues to confound U.S. sociologists.
“Out of Place” takes up this question by analyzing Southwest Detroit, a Latina/o/x neighborhood on the U.S.-Canadian border. It offers important lessons for how America is made.
*Latinx / LatinX are unspecific. I argue gender neutrality reproduces patriarchal dominance in https://doi.org/10.1057/s41276-018-0138-7. I propose Latina/o/x as an alternative that reflects everyday border struggles.
- Ph.D. - Sociology (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
(in process). Out of Place: Latina/o/xs, Bordering Practices and Socio-Spatial (Im)Mobility
Trujillo-Pagán, Nicole. 2013. Modern Colonization by Medical Intervention: U.S. Medicine in Puerto Rico, Brill Academic Publishers.
Select Refereed Articles
Trujillo-Pagán, Nicole. 2020. “A State’s Right to Make Race through Local Policy: Hispanics, Immigrants and the Shifting Color Line,” Ethnic and Racial Studies.
Trujillo-Pagán, Nicole. 2019. “Marking Walls and Borders: Latina/o/x Youth, Graffiti and Competing Visions of Community Development,” International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 39, 11/12, pp. 975-994.
Trujillo-Pagán, Nicole. 2019. “Self-Deportation and Forced Choice as Discursive Maneuver: Force and “Voluntary” Migration,” Language, Discourse & Society.
Trujillo-Pagán, Nicole. 2018. "Crossed out by LatinX: Gender neutrality and genderblind sexism," Lat Stud.
Trujillo-Pagán, Nicole. 2018. “A Tale of Four Cities: The Boundaries of Blackness for Ethiopian Immigrants in Washington, D.C., Tel Aviv, Rome and Melbourne,” Social Identities.
Cumberbatch, Prudence and Trujillo-Pagán, Nicole. 2016. “Hashtag Activism and Why #BlackLivesMatter In (and To) the Classroom,” Radical Teacher, 106.
Trujillo-Pagán, Nicole. 2014. “Emphasizing the “Complex” in the “Immigration Industrial Complex,” Critical Sociology, 40, 1, pp. 29-46.
2018. “Sobremesa” talk show, on Wayne State Student Radio (WAYN).
“No Shock or Awe about ‘Acting’ LatinX”
Scholar-Activist Interviews at:
SOC 4201: Seminar in Race and Ethnicity
CLAS 3610: Latino Urban Problems
Contemporary Social Theory
Introduction to Sociology
Project Community: Women's Issues
Race Relations in an Urban Society
Race Relations in metro Detroit
Sociology of Immigration and Ethnicity
Learning about Your Community through Research
Seminar in Latino Urban Problems
History of Latinos in the United States
Comparative Studies in African, Asian, and Latin American Cultures
Puerto Ricans and Dominicans: Comparative Perspectives and Contemporary Issues
History of Puerto Rico since 1815
Puerto Rican Communities in the United States: Settlement and Evolution
Institutions of Urban Life and the Latino Experience
Emerging Realities and Alternatives for Puerto Ricans and other Latinos in the U.S.
Puerto Ricans in the United States