Alessandra Bazo Vienrich

Dr. Bazo Vienrich is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Worcester State University where she teaches courses on immigration, education, social problems, and social statistics. She is also a first-generation college graduate and a formerly undocumented and DACA immigrant from Perú. As a sociologist of immigration, race, and ethnicity, she is committed to using innovative research tools to better understand the contemporary experiences of immigrants in the U.S. In her research she explores how legal status, place, and racial/ethnic identity influence the lives of Latinx immigrants. In her current projects she focuses on undocumented youth-turned-young-adults and how institutions, policies, and practices in their communities impact their experiences with belonging and exclusion as they navigate the high school to college pipeline. In her current book project, Conditioned to DREAM: Undocumented Immigrants’ Road to Inclusion Through Education, she traces the educational experiences of Latinx undocumented immigrants ages 18-30 during the years following the implementation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Dr. Bazo Vienrich is also interested in how undocumented students’ high school experiences shape their post-secondary educational trajectories. In an ongoing web-survey of high school counselors she explores their advising relationships with undocumented and DACA students, and hopes to learn more about the role of high school counselors in students’ experiences pursuing higher education. She is excited to use what she learns as an AQC scholar in her research and to share it with her students in the classroom.