Migration, Identity, & Education Lab (MIEL)

Saskias Casanova, Ph.D.


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.

Dr. Casanova will not be accepting graduate students for Fall 2021.

If you are interested in joining MIEL for the 2020-2021 academic year please fill out the application here.

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.

Fall 2020 Lab News & Accomplishments!

Spring 2020 Lab News & Accomplishments!

  • Congratulations to Yesenia Vega for being accepted to the Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers (IRT) Program for 2020-2021! Yesenia will get support and mentorship in applying to graduate school! Yesenia Vega also received the Dr. Aaronette White Scholarship from the Social Psychology Program at UCSC!

  • Congratulations to Valeria Alonso Blanco for receiving alternate status/honorable mention for the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship!

  • Congratulations to our RA students that are graduating this quarter!

Fall 2019 Lab News & Accomplishments!

  • Congratulations to Valeria Alonso Blanco for receiving the ALSiNG Graduate Student Research Fellowship and for having her paper on first generation college students accepted to the 2020 American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting!

  • Congratulations to Athena Yates and Yesenia Vega for their acceptance to the 2019-2020 MINT mentoring program!