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Pamela Anne Quiroz

Pamela Anne Quiroz


Phone: (713)743-3134
Email: paquiroz [at] uh [dot] edu
Office: 482 Philip G. Hoffman Hall
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Ph.D., Sociology, University of Chicago
M.A., Sociology, Iowa State University
B.S.,  Sociology/Biology, Missouri Western State University


Pamela Anne Quiroz (Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1993) is Director of the Center for Mexican American Studies and Professor of Sociology at the University of Houston. Her areas of specialization are Children and Youth, Identity, Education, Family and Qualitative Methods. Author of Adoption in a Color-blind Society [Rowman and Littlefield], Professor Quiroz has also published in such journals as the Journal of Research on Adolescence, Journal of Family Studies, Sociology of Education, Anthropology of Education, and Childhood. She has been a fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study of Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy, and the Great Cities Institute. Professor Quiroz has received research grants from the National Science Foundation, American Sociological Association, U.S. Department of Education, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. She is currently Editor of Social Problems, the journal of the Society for the Study of Social Problems [2014-2017] and a top generalist journal in Sociology. Professor Quiroz is also North American Commissioning Editor for Children‘s Geographies [2013-2018] and Board Member for the Council on Contemporary Families Her books, Marketing Diversity and the ‘New’ Politics of Desegregation: An Urban Education Ethnography (Cambridge University Press) and Personal Advertising: Dating, Mating and Relating in Modern Society (McFarland Press) are scheduled for publication in 2015.

Research Interests

  • Children and Youth
  • Identity
  • Education
  • Family
  • Qualitative Methods


Graduate Courses

  • Critical Sociology of Education
  • Cultural Pluralism & Educational Policy
  • Gender, Sexuality & Pedagogy
  • Latinos in School & Society
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Race & Ethnic Relations
  • Sociology of Children & Youth

Undergraduate Courses

  • Child and Youth Policies in Urban America
  • Corporate Deviance
  • Critical Pedagogy & Popular Culture
  • Girls, Women & Education
  • Kids, Culture & Context
  • Race & Ethnic Relations
  • Race/Ethncity, Gender & Social Class
  • Race and Ethnic Groups
  • Sociology of the Family
  • Social Problems
  • Social Foundations of Education

Selected Publications

  • Quiroz, Pamela A. and Vernon Lindsay. Forthcoming. "Selective Enrollment, Race, and Shifting the Geography of Educational Opportunity: Where 'Diversity' and Opportunity Compete with Tax Increment Financing." Humanity & Society.
  • Quiroz, Pamela A. 2015 “Adoptive Parents Raising Neoethnics.” Chapter 35 in Families As They Really Are, 2nd edition, edited by Barbara Risman and Virginia Rutter. New York: W.W. Norton Publishers.
  • Quiroz, Pamela A., Kisha Milam-Brooks and Dominique Adams-Romena. 2014. "School as Solution to the 'Problem' of Urban Place: Children's Perceptions of Safety, Migration, & Community." Childhood: A Journal of Global Child Research 21(2):207-225.
  • Quiroz, Pamela A. 2013. "From Finding the Perfect Love Online to Satellite Dating and ‘Loving-the-one-you’re near’ : A Look at Grindr, Skout, MeetMoi, PlentyofFish, Zoosk, and Assisted Serendipity." Humanity & Society 37(2): 181.
  • Quiroz, Pamela A. 2013. "From Mail Order and Picture Brides, Lonely Hearts and Social Clubs, to eHarmony, ‘Just Lunch’, Speed Dating, and Coffee Mating: The Evolution of Personal Advertising.” Pp. 114-129 in Dynamics and Interconnections in Popular Culture, edited by Ray B. Brown and Ben Urish. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Quiroz, Pamela A. 2012. “Cultural Tourism in Transnational Adoption: ‘Staged Authenticity’ and Implications for Children.” Journal of Family Issues 33(4):527-555.
  • Quiroz, Pamela A. 2001. “The Silencing of Latino Student ‘Voice’: Puerto Rican and Mexican Narratives in Eighth Grade and High School.” Anthropology and Education Quarterly 32 (3): 326-349.
  • Quiroz, Pamela A., Nilda Flores Gonzalez, Kenneth A. Frank. 1996. “Carving a Niche in the High School Social Structure: Formal & Informal Constraints on Participation in the Extra Curriculum.” Research in Sociology of Education & Socialization 11: 93-120.