Nicole Trujillo-Pagan

Nicole Trujillo-Pagan

Associate Professor

(313) 577-8206

2209 FAB (Humanities Center)

2256 FAB (Sociology)

3315 FAB (Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies)

Curriculum vitae

Nicole Trujillo-Pagan



 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: Borders, Mobility and the American Dream

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? This question has confounded sociologists for over one-hundred years since the discipline was established in the United States.

“Out of Place” takes up this question by analyzing urban youth and opportunity in Southwest Detroit, a Latina/o/x neighborhood on the U.S.-Canadian border. Their struggle to cross socio-spatial borders elucidates how we are all involved in in producing an American Dream.

*Latinx / LatinX are unspecific. I argue gender neutrality reproduces patriarchal dominance in I propose Latina/o/x as an alternative that reflects everyday border struggles.


Ph.D. - Sociology (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

Selected publications


(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.



Public Presentations

2018. “Sobremesa” talk show, on Wayne State Student Radio (WAYN).

Public Scholarship

“No Shock or Awe about ‘Acting’ LatinX”

Scholar-Activist Interviews at:


Currently teaching

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
Social Problems
Sociological Theory
Sociology of Immigration and Ethnicity


Latina/o/x Studies

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
Latin America
Emerging Realities and Alternatives for Puerto Ricans and other Latinos in the U.S.
Puerto Ricans in the United States

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