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Mario Javier Chavez

PhD Student


M.A. 2015, Sociology (Department Honors) - The University of Texas at El Paso
B.A. 2012, Sociology (Department Honors) - The University of Texas at El Paso

Research Interests

Sociology of Health and Medicine , Race and Ethnicity , Education , Labor , Latino Youth Outcomes

Research Statement:

While at The University of Texas at El Paso, Mario’s research examined the barriers that undocumented populations, such as day-laborers and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients, experience when searching for employment. In addition, his research focused on unpacking the labor conditions these marginalized populations experienced once employed. Mario decided to shift his research agenda to focus on employment related physical and mental detriments and their resolution coupled with a focus on the health policies and coverages that either address, or fail to address, these possibly life-altering situations. Two questions guide Mario’s research: Why do Latinos do what they do to earn an income, and is this ultimately advantageous and safe? And: What are the effects of national policies, such as the Affordable Care Act and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, on marginalized populations found in the United States? With these questions in mind, Mario will research the disparities and barriers that first generation, 1.5, and second generation Latino/as face when accessing healthcare, education, and employment once in the United States.