Saskias Casanova, Ph.D.

Migration, Identity, & Education Lab

Welcome to our Migration, Identity, & Education Lab (MIEL)!

Members of MIEL use social psychological, educational, and interdisciplinary perspectives to understand the diverse experiences of immigrant- origin students by highlighting their understudied social identities and how the stigmatization of these identities affects their educational experiences. MIEL’s overarching objective is to conduct rigorous research on the influence of multiple contexts on immigrant origin students’ cultural adaptation, stigmatizing experiences, collective resilience processes, and development as they relate to learning.

About Dr. Saskias Casanova

Saskias Casanova is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at UC Santa Cruz. She researches individual and contextual factors that relate to the psychological processes and educational outcomes of Latinx and immigrant-origin students. Dr. Casanova examines: 1) how these students’ experiences with stigmatization and discrimination relate to their educational outcomes, and 2) the influence multiple contexts have on students’ social identities. Before coming to UCSC, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at NYU’s Applied Psychology Department and as an Assistant Professor of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University. Dr. Casanova received her M.A. in Psychology and Ph.D. in Developmental & Psychological Sciences in Education from Stanford University.

Dr. Casanova will be accepting graduate students for Fall 2020.