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College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Melina Juarez

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Political Science, University of New Mexico

M.A., Transatlantic Politics, University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

B.A., Political Science, California State University-Stanislaus

(360) 650-2908

AH 424

T R 2-3:30 and by appointment

Current Courses

PLSC 321, Queer and LGBT Politics (Fall 2019)

PLSC 345, Women in Politics (Fall 2019)

PLSC 346, Politics of Inequality (Summer 2020)

PLSC 397L, Immigration Politics (Spring 2020)

PLSC 431, Senior Seminar in American Politics and Public Policy (Winter 2020)

Melina Juárez Pérez earned her PhD in Political Science at the University of New Mexico in 2018. She joined Western Washington University in the fall of 2019 with a dual appointment in the Department of Political Science & Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program. Her work focuses on the intersections of class, gender, race, & sexuality & their role in shaping the lived experiences, health, & happiness of Latinx & queer people of color. Her current research agenda centers on crimmigration—or the confluence of immigration & criminal justice systems. This includes investigating its theoretical & institutional boundaries & its political, emotional, & biological manifestations. In addition, her work also seeks to expand the use of Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) & critical pedagogies in the social sciences.

Her work has been published in journals such as the Sociology of Race & Ethnicity, Policy Studies Journal, & Journal of Health Politics, Policy & Law.

Selected Publications

Treating immigrants like criminals has a long history in the US, The Monkey Cage, Washington Post

Surge in LGBTQ+ and Women of Color Candidates, Yet Obstacles Remain for LGBTQ+ Voters, The Forum, Urban Affairs Review

Juárez, Melina, Gomez-Aguiñaga, Bárbara, and Sonia Bettez. 2018. “20 Years After IIRIRA: The Effects of Immigrant Detention on Latinx Communities Across the Nation,” Journal on Migration and Human Security, 6(1): 74-96.

Vargas, Edward, Sanchez, Gabriel R., and Melina Juárez. 2017. "Fear by Association: Perceptions of Anti-Immigrant Policy and Health Outcomes." Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law, 42(3).

External Website

Areas of Specialty

Research Interests

  • Immigration
  • Latinx Politics
  • Race, Gender, Sexuality

PDF icon Curriculum Vitae (285.94 KB)