Curriculum Vitae

ACADEMIC POSITIONS
University of California, Merced
2013-present Associate Professor, Department of Sociology

Texas A&M University
2011-2013 Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
2005-2011 Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology

EDUCATION
University of California, Los Angeles
Department of Sociology
PhD 2002; MA 1996; BA 1992

Publications
Books

Valdez, Zulema. 2015. Entrepreneurs and the Search for the American Dream. Series, Framing 21st Century Social Issues. New York: Routledge.

Valdez, Zulema. 2011. The New Entrepreneurs: How Race, Class and Gender Shape American Enterprise. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press.

Special Issue Edited Volume

Valdez, Zulema and Mary Romero, Editors. 2016. Ethnic Entrepreneurship in Intersectional Perspective. Ethnic and Racial Studies Vol 39 (9).

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Valdez, Zulema and Tanya Golash-Boza. Forthcoming. “U.S. Racial and Ethnic Relations in the 21st Century,” Lead Article in Symposium, Ethnic and Racial Studies.

Valdez, Zulema, A. Susana Ramirez, Erendira Estrada, Kathleen Grassi, and Stephanie Nathan. Forthcoming. “Community Perspectives on Access to and Availability of Healthy Food in Rural, Low-resource, Latino Communities,” Preventing Chronic Disease.

Valdez, Zulema. 2016. “Intersectionality, the Household Economy, and Entrepreneurship,” Ethnic and Racial Studies, Vol 39(9):1618-1636.

Valdez, Zulema. 2015. “The Abandoned Promise of Civil Rights,” Sociological Forum Special Issue, Commemorating the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Civil Rights Laws, editor, Catherine Y. Lee, 30(S1):612-626.

Valdez, Zulema. 2015. “Intersectional Differences in Segmented Assimilation: Skill and Gender in the Context of Reception,” Research in the Sociology of Work: Immigration and Work 27(1):101-128.

Valdez, Zulema. 2012. “Self-Employment as an Indicator of Segmented Assimilation among Six Ethnic Minority Groups,” Entrepreneurship Research Journal Volume 2 (4):1-28, Online 1063, DOI: 10.1515/2157-5665.

Valdez, Zulema, Wesley R. Dean, and Joseph R. Sharkey. “Mobile
and Home-based Vendors’ Contributions to the Retail Food Environment in Rural South Texas Mexican-Origin Settlements.” Appetite 59(2):212-217.

Dean, Wesley R., Joseph R. Sharkey, Cassandra M. Johnson, and Zulema Valdez.
2011. “Food Vending and Acquisition in Texas Border Region Pulgas (Flea Markets) from Both Sides of the Counter.” The Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition 6(2):1-19.

Valdez, Zulema. 2011. “Political Participation among Latinos in the U.S.: The
Effect of Group Identity and Consciousness.” Social Science Quarterly 92(2):466-
482.

Valdez, Zulema. 2008. “Beyond Ethnic Entrepreneurship: An Embedded Market
Approach to Group Affiliation in American Enterprise.” Race, Gender and Class: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Vol. 15 (1-2):156-169.

Valdez, Zulema. 2008. “The Effects of Human Capital, Market Capital, and Social
Capital on Business Owners’ Income.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies Vol. 34(6):955-974.

Valdez, Zulema. 2006. “Segmented and Socioeconomic Assimilation among
Mexicans in the Southwest.” The Sociological Quarterly 47(3): 397-424.

Takeyuki Tsuda, Zulema Valdez and Wayne Cornelius. 2003. “Human Capital
versus Social Capital: A Comparative Analysis of Immigrant Wages and Labor
Market Incorporation in Japan and the United States.” Migraciones Internacionales
2(1):5-35.

2003. Reprint. Pp. 215-251 in Host Societies and the Reception of Immigrants, edited by Jeffry Reitz. La Jolla, CA: Center for Comparative Immigration Studies.

2005. Reprint. Pps. 27-54 in Focus on Macroeconomics Research, edited by
Lawrence Z. Pelzer and Rodolfo Apreda, Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Refereed Book Chapters

Valdez, Zulema. 2009. “Agency and Structure in Panethnic Identity Formation: The Case of Latino/a Entrepreneurs,” Pp. 200-213 in How the United States Racializes Latinos: White Hegemony and its Consequences. Jose Cobas, Jorge Duany, and Joe R. Feagin, eds. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.

Valdez, Zulema. 2009. “Mexican American Entrepreneurship in the Southwest,”
Pp. 175-196 in An American Story: Mexican American Entrepreneurship and Wealth Creation. John S. Butler, Alfonso Morales and David L. Torres, eds. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press.

Valdez, Zulema. 2007. “Latino/a Entrepreneurship in the United States: A
Strategy of Survival and Mobility,” Pp. 168-180 in Havidan Rodriguez, Rogelio
Saenz, and Cecilia Menjivar, eds., Latina/os in the United States: Changing the
Face of America. New York: Springer.

Valdez, Zulema. 2006. “Beyond the Ethnic Enclave: The Effect of Ethnic Solidarity and Market Opportunity on White, Korean, Mexican and Black Enterprise,” Pp. 243-272 in Caroline Brettell, ed. Crossing Borders/Constructing Boundaries: Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in the Migrant Experience. Lexington Books (division of Altamira).

Valdez, Zulema. 2005. “Two Sides of the Same Coin? The Relationship between
Socioeconomic Assimilation and Ethnic Entrepreneurship among Mexicans in Los Angeles,” Pp. 137-154 in Enrique C. Ochoa and Gilda Laura Ochoa, eds. Latina/o Los Angeles: Global Transformations, Settlement, and Activism. Tucson: Arizona University Press.

Edited Volume (Reader)

Valdez, Zulema, editor. 2017. Beyond Black and White: A Reader on Contemporary Race Relations. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Reports

Ramirez, Susana A., Lillian K. Diaz Rios, Zulema Valdez, Erendira Estrada, Ariana Ruiz. Forthcoming. “Bringing Produce to the People: Implementing a social marketing food access intervention in rural food deserts,” Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

RESEARCH
Fellowships
• Valdez, Zulema. Ford Foundation Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2008-9
• Valdez, Zulema. Junior Scholar Research Travel Fellowship, Latino National
Survey, Cornell University, 2007
• Valdez, Zulema. Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Ford Foundation Research and
Training Program on Poverty, the Underclass and Public Policy at the Gerald
R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, 2003-5
• Valdez, Zulema. Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Center for Comparative
Immigration Studies and the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, UCSD, 2002-3
• Valdez, Zulema. Postdoctoral Fellowship, UC MEXUS, UC Riverside, 2002-3
(declined)
• Valdez, Zulema. Dissertation Fellowship, SSRC International Migration
Program, 2001-2
• Valdez, Zulema. Dissertation Fellowship, UCLA Graduate Division, 2001-2

Grants
• Valdez, Zulema. NSF ADVANCE Scholar. Texas A&M University Center for
Women Faculty, 2011-12.
• Valdez, Zulema. Proof of Concept Award, Race and Ethnic Studies Institute
(RESI), Texas A&M University, 2010-2011
• Valdez, Zulema. Planning Grant, Mexican American and Latino Research
Center, Texas A&M University, 2010-2011
• Valdez, Zulema. ASA/NSF Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline Grant,
2005-6.
• Valdez, Zulema (P.I.) and Nancy Plankey Videla (Co-Investigator). Planning
Grant, Mexican American and U.S. Latino Research Center, Texas A&M
University, 2005-2006.
• Valdez, Zulema. Dissertation Research Grant, U.S. Census Bureau, Center for
Economic Studies, Census Research Data Center, 1999-2001.

Awards
• Merit Award, Texas A&M University, College of Liberal Arts, 2012
• Honorable Mention, Best Student Paper Award, “Evidence for a Polanyian
Interpretation of Entrepreneurship: Reciprocal, Redistributive, and Market
Strategies in Ethnic Enterprise.” Section on International Migration, American
Sociological Association, 2001.

Invited Talks
University of Maryland. “High-Skilled Mexican-Origin Entrepreneurs in the High-Tech Industry: The Role of Entrepreneurial and Social Capital.” To be presented at the Immigration & Entrepreneurship Conference, Center for the History of the New America, September 2012.

Arizona State University. “By What Measure Success? The Economic and Social
Value of Latino/a Enterprise.” Transborder Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies and
School of Human Evolution and Social Change Seminar Series, April 12, 2010.

University of California, Merced. “Embedded Entrepreneurs: Social Capital in
American Enterprise.” UC Merced School of Social Sciences, Seminar Series,
November 23, 2009.

California State University, San Marcos. “Group-based Resources and Political
Participation among Latino/as in the U.S.,” Immigration Speaker Series, April 7,
2009.

University of Kansas. “Agency and Structure in Panethnic and Racial Identity
Formation: The Case of Latino/a Entrepreneurs.” Kansas University Hall Center for the Humanities “American Seminar” Spring Immigration Series, February 17, 2009.

University of Texas at Austin. “Mexican American Entrepreneurship in the
Southwest.” Presented at ‘An American Story: Mexican American Entrepreneurship and Wealth Creation,’ a conference hosted by The IC2 Institute & The Kauffman Foundation, April 18, 2008.

Cornell University. “Ethnic, Panethnic, and Racial Group Consciousness and Political Participation among Latinos.” Presented at the Latino National Survey Junior Scholars’ Conference, November 1-3, 2007.

Texas A&M University. “Reciprocity among Latino Business Owners: The Role of
Family, Ethnicity, and Latinidad.” Presented at the ALAS Seminar, Texas A&M
University, April, 2006.

University of Michigan, The National Poverty Center. “Economic Integration or
Separation? Exploring the Relationship between Ethnic Entrepreneurship and
Socioeconomic Assimilation.” March 22, 2004.

University of California, San Diego. “Grantwriting 101.” Presented at the Summer Institute on International Migration, sponsored by the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies and the Social Science Research Council, June 24, 2003.

University of California, San Diego. “Beyond Ethnic Entrepreneurship: Ethnicity and the Economy in Enterprise.” The Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, November 12, 2002.

Presentations (from 2001)
“Rugged Individualists and the American Dream? Colorblind Racism among White, Black and Latino Entrepreneurs.” Presented at the Panel on Racism and Anti-Racism, American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, August 2010.

“Racial Formation among Latinos.” Presented at the Panel on Latino/a Sociology, American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, August 2009.

“Group-Based Resources and Political Participation among Latinos in the U.S.” Panel presentation at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, August 2008.

“Beyond Ethnic Entrepreneurship: An Embedded Market Approach to Group
Affiliation in American Enterprise.” Presented at the Race, Class and Gender panel at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, August 2008.

“Agency and Structure in Panethnic Identity Formation: The Case of Latino/a
Entrepreneurs.” Presented at the Latino/a Sociology panel at the American
Sociological Association Annual Meeting, New York, August 2007.

“Reciprocity among Latino Business Owners: The Role of Family, Ethnicity, and
Latinidad.” Presented at the ALAS Seminar, Texas A&M University, April, 2006.

“Self-Employment and Assimilation.” Presented at the American Sociological
Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, August, 2005.

“As American as Apple Pie? Exploring the Relationship between Ethnic
Entrepreneurship and Segmented Assimilation.” Presented at the American
Sociological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, August, 2004.

“Does Social Capital Matter? The Effects of Human Capital, Economic Capital, and Social Capital on Business Owners’ Income.” Presented at the SSRC Summer
Institute on International Migration, Los Angeles, June, 2004.

“Human Capital versus Social Capital: A Comparative Analysis of Immigrant Wages and Labor Market Incorporation in Japan and the United States.” Presented at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting in Atlanta, August, 2003.

“Evidence for a Polanyian Interpretation of Entrepreneurship: Reciprocal,
Redistributive, and Market Strategies in Ethnic Enterprise.” Presented at the
American Sociological Association Annual Meeting in Anaheim, August, 2001.

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