Dina's current projects investigate the civic and political incorporation of immigrants in the United States, intergroup relations between native-born and immigrant groups in new and re-emerging gateways, the role of community-based organizations in the lives of immigrant youth, and how low-income groups navigate access to and opportunity provided by local institutions.

Her research focuses on the intersection of race, ethnicity, immigration, and social movements.

Dina’s research examines the dynamics of immigrant incorporation as well as intergroup conflict, cooperation, and collective action in the U.S. context. Her current projects investigate the civic and political incorporation of immigrants, the emergence of new panethnic categories, and how community-based organizations deal with increasing ethnic, racial, and language diversity.

Her research examines focuses on the political engagement of immigrants in US society; the evolution of new racial categories such as Asian American; and the impacts of ethnic and racial diversity on intergroup trust and civic life in 21st century America.

Research Projects:

  • Asian American Panethnicity
  • The Role of Community-Based Organizations in the Lives of Immigrant Youth
  • Creating Ties for Mobility: Immigrant Parents in Low-Income, Urban Neighborhoods (with Melanie Gast)
  • The Civic and Political Incorporation of Immigrants in the U.S. (with Kim Ebert)
  • Immigrant-Native Relations in 21st-century America: Intergroup Contact, Trust, and Civic Engagement

Research Interests: race and ethnicity, immigration, social movements and collective behavior, poverty and inequality, social psychology


Subject Area: Sociology

Past Affiliations
Chicano/a Studies, International Studies, Sociology
PhD, University of Arizona, Sociology, 2001
MA, University of Arizona, Sociology, 1995
BA, University of California San Diego, Sociology, 1992