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Professor of Sociology

Michelle Camacho

University of San Diego

Michelle Madsen Camacho is Full Professor and Chair in the Sociology Department at the University of San Diego (USD). Her PhD is from the University of California, Irvine; she formerly held an appointment as a Faculty Fellow at UCSD in Ethnic Studies. She has conducted extensive fieldwork in Latin America and has been funded by UC-Mexus for fieldwork in Oaxaca, Mexico. She is also a former Fulbright scholar to Bolivia.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, in 2013 she co-authored a book titled: The Borderlands of Education, co-edited a volume called Mentoring Faculty of Color, and published a paper in the journal Latino Studies. In 2014 she has a co-authored paper forthcoming in the journal American Sociologist.

Recent awards include: the University Professor Award, “Highest academic honor bestowed university-wide, given in recognition of outstanding scholarly achievements in teaching and research” at USD, 2014; the WEPAN Betty Vetter Award for Research, “For exceptional research committed to understanding the intersectionality of race and gender” 2013; the Wickenden Award “For best research paper in the Journal of Engineering Education”, 2012; the Innovation in Experiential Education Award, USD 2011; and the McNair Mentor of the Year award, USD 2011.

She is an elected member of the Pacific Sociological Association’s Council, and an appointed consultant to the American Sociological Association’s Departmental Resources Group.