The Justice Lab at UW-Madison focuses on ending racial, economic, and health disparities across the rural-urban interface.

Beatriz Aldana Marquez


Assistant Professor of Sociology, Texas State University

Initially from in Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico, Beatriz immigrated to Millerton, New York, a small town near Connecticut and Massachusetts. She received a B.A. in Sociology and Gender Studies from the University of Chicago in 2012, and her Ph.D. in Sociology from Texas A&M University in 2017. She is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Texas State University and is an affiliate of the Latinx Minor.

Beatriz was undocumented until the early 2000s and was the first member of her family to attend and graduate high school. She has served as an informal mentor to undocumented and first generation students throughout her academic career. Her passion for social justice and immigration reform has influenced her research agenda.

Her research focuses on critical Latinx sociology, immigration and deportation, and theory broadly defined. Her first book, From the Peaceable to the Barbaric: Thorstein Veblen and the Charro Cowboy (2019), addresses race, class, and gender specific to rural Mexico traditions. Her research currently focuses on Immigration Customs and Enforcement and challenges the frameworks of power that significantly and disproportionally affect Latin Americans in legally violent ways. Further, she investigates the role of immigration lawyers and the dynamics of the U.S. immigration court system.