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“Navigating El Nuevo South: The Geographies of Inclusion, Exclusion, and Safety for Hispanic Young Adults”

Speaker: Maria Escobar

Grounded in her own experience growing up as the child of Mexican immigrants in northwest Arkansas, Escobar examines how Hispanic and Latinx young adults in a “new immigrant destination” and “second-generation sundown towns” seek belonging and safety in public spaces and institutional settings that sometimes exclude them.

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Maria Escobar is a sociology professor at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania. She was raised in northwest Arkansas and graduated from Springdale High School in 2014. A first-generation college graduate, Escobar received her BS in psychology and sociology from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and an MA and PhD in sociology from the University of California, Merced. Her research and teaching areas of expertise include race and ethnicity, immigration, Latinx sociology, and qualitative methodologies.