UCR Announces New CHASS Dean

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Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, Paul D’Anieri announced that Milagros Peña has accepted the position of Dean of the UCR College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Dr. Peña is currently Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Florida. She will join the UCR team on September 8th.

About Dr. Peña

Dr. Peña’s scholarship spans research on social movements, Latino/a sociology, and the sociology of religion in Peru, Mexico, and the U.S.  She received Ph.D and MA degrees in Sociology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and an MDiv from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

Peña began her career with works published in several academic journals, book chapters, and a book titled Theologies and Liberation in Peru: The Role of Ideas in Social Movements published by Temple University Press in 1995.  In 2007, she also published Latina Activists Across Borders: Grassroots Women’s Organizing in Mexico and Texas published by Duke University Press.  The research for the book was supported by a Fulbright-Hays/García-Robles Mexico Research Scholar Award and was awarded a 2008 Distinguished Book Award by the Latino/a section of the American Sociological Association.

Most recent she has been involved in collaborative research with Edwin I. Hernández at the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame that includes the 2006 book publication of Emerging Voices, Urgent Choices: Latino-a Leadership Development from the Pew to the Plaza with Brill Academic Publishing, in addition to publishing other articles, book chapters, and reports on the topic.  She is past chair of the American Sociological Association Latino/a Section and has served on the Executive Councils of the Association for the Sociology of Religion, the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and the Religion Section of the American Sociological Association.

To learn more about the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, visit http://chass.ucr.edu/.

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