Nancy Rios-Contreras is an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Chapman University. She earned her PhD in Criminology from the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware. Dr. Rios is a Bill Anderson Fund Fellowship alumna and a graduate affiliate of the Disaster Research Center.
Dr. Rios is the proud daughter of immigrants from Jalisco and Zacatecas. She enjoys cross-country road trips, international travel, playing Lotería, speaking Spanglish, and spending time with her dog Frida.
Dr. Rios' research is located at the intersection of understanding the sociological study of migration, race and ethnicity, and disasters. Drawing from migrants lived accounts, border enforcement practices, and social disasters, she aims to 1) understand the racialized social processes forcing migrants to live in vulnerable conditions, 2) evaluate the policies and practices that exacerbate these vulnerabilities for transborder and internally displaced migrant groups, 3) document the ways migrant and borderlands communities adapt to migration control, and 4) uncover humanist visions of a safe process where migration is embraced and a recognized human right.