Yesenia Vargas

Yesenia Vargas

Areas of Study

Racial Formation Theory, Immigration, Diaspora Studies, Afro-Latinxs, Identity, Embodiment


Yesenia Rosario Vargas is a first-year Ph.D. student in Sociology at the University of Notre Dame. Yesenia’s research interests include Afro-Latinx populations, racial formation theory, economic mobility and race, the relationship between immigration and racial consciousness, the body, corporal suffering, and racialized cultural symbols.

Prior to joining the Notre Dame Sociology department, Yesenia worked with several refugee resettlement and migrant farmworker organizations in Santiago, Chile and as a public school teacher in Boston, MA. She holds an M.Ed. from The Lynch School of Education at Boston College where she was a Sharp Urban Teaching Fellow and a BA in American Studies with a minor in Sociology from Wellesley College.