Migration, Identity, & Education Lab (MIEL)



Members of MIEL use social psychological, educational, and interdisciplinary perspectives to understand the diverse experiences of immigrant- origin students and students of color by highlighting their understudied social identities and the cultural strengths they bring to their educational experiences. MIEL’s overarching objective is to conduct rigorous research about the learning experiences of students of color and immigrant origin students. We focus on their intersectional lived experiences, stigmatization and adaptation, cultural wealth, collective resilience processes, and development as they relate to learning. 

Dr. Casanova will be accepting graduate students for Fall 2024. Find out more about the UCSC Psychology graduate program here and the graduate admission requirements here.

We are no longer accepting applications for research assistantships for the 2023-2024 academic year. If you are interested in joining MIEL for the 2024-2025  academic year please complete 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.

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