Assistant Professor


College of the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences


Department of Sociology

I am a first-generation college student from a migrant community in the Salinas Valley of California. I attended the University of California, Merced as an undergraduate with limited knowledge of college, but I received mentorship and guidance from Professors that motivated me to pursue a doctoral degree. I was not sure what that meant or would look like, but I decided to give it a try. Through my Ph.D. program at UC Merced, I found a passion for teaching and student mentorship. Being from an immigrant family further motivated my research interests on race, social movements, and immigration. Specifically, I study how racialized and immigrant groups mobilize against threats and the long-term organizing outcomes for immigrant rights social movements. I am excited to be part of CSU Stanislaus and offer students the tools to succeed in their educational journeys.

Ph.D. Sociology, University of California, Merced

M.A. Sociology, University of California, Merced 

B.A. Sociology, University of California

  • Race
  • Social Movements
  • Immigration
  • Comparative-Historical
  • Latino/a Sociology
  • Environmental Sociology

Mora, Maria De Jesus. Forthcoming. “Youth and Immigrant Rights”. in Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Social Movements, edited by David Snow, Donatella Della Porta, and Doug McAdam. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell 2nd Ed.

Almeida, Paul, Amalia Perez Martin, and Maria De Jesus Mora. 2021. “Los resultados políticos de las movilizaciones populares contra la implementación de políticas neoliberales.” Pp. 213-226 in Impactos: ¿Qué consiguen los movimientos sociales? , edited by Salvador Marti Puig, Pedro Ibarra, and Ariel Sribman Mittleman. Barcelona: Ediciones Bellaterra.

Mora, Maria De Jesus, Rodriguez R, Zermeño A, and Almeida P. 2018 “Immigrant rights and social movements”. Sociology Compass 12 (8): 1–20.