Kara Cebulko

Associate Professor

Contact Information:



Howley Hall 213


Ph.D. - Indiana University

Brief Biography

Kara is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Global Studies. Her current research focuses on how legal status and other forms of stratification shape the transition to and experience of young adulthood for 1.5- generation immigrants. She teaches courses on migration, borders, and globalization and has published in the Sociological Quarterly, the Journal of Marriage and Family, The Journal of Family Studies and Sociological Perspectives.

Area(s) of Expertise:

Unauthorized Migration, Brazilian Immigration; 1.5 and Second Generation, Transitions to Adulthood, Latino/a Studies, Law and Society, Globalization and Development

Awards and Honors:

Advisor of the Year (for advising of the Providence College Immigrants' Rights Coalition) Providence College

Selected Publications:

Cebulko, K. Silver, A. (2016) Navigating DACA in Hospitable and Hostile States State Responses and Access to Membership in the Wake of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. American Behavioral Scientist.

Cebulko, K. (2015) Marrying for Papers? From Economically Strategic to Normative and Relational Dimensions of the Transition to Adulthood for Unauthorized 1.5-generation Brazilians. Sociological Perspectives.

Cebulko, K. (2014) Documented, Undocumented, and "Liminally Legal": Legal Status During the Transition to Adulthood for 1.5 generation Brazilians. The Sociological Quarterly.(55), 143-167.

Cebulko, K. (2013) Documented, Undocumented and Something Else: The Incorporation of Children of Brazilian Immigrants. El Paso, TX: LFB Scholarly Publishing LLC.

Jackson, P. Kleiner, S. Geist, C. Cebulko, K. , . , . , . (2011) Conventions of Courtship: Gender and Race Differences in the Significance of Dating Rituals. Journal of Family Issues.(32), 629-652.

Selected Presentations:

Cebulko, K. Eastern Sociological Society. , Baltimore, MD - "Becoming American: Why 1.5-Generation Brazilians Will not Marry for Papers " February, 2014

Cebulko, K. Silver, A. Illegality, Youth, And Belonging Symposium. Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA - "Navigating Membership at the State and Federal Levels: A Comparative Two State Study of 1.5 Generation Young Adults" October, 2013

Cebulko, K. Eastern Sociological Society. , Boston, MA - "The Importance of Context: Legal Status and Post High School Transitions Among Brazilian Youth in Massachusetts; The Social Construction of Juveniles as Criminals" March, 2013

Cebulko, K. Latin American Studies Association. , Toronto, Canada - "How Papers Matter: Documentation Status, Ethnic Identification and Belonging among Brazilian Youth Adults" October, 2010

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