Caitlin Patler


Position Title
Executive Committee Member

Assistant Professor, Sociology

2246 Social Sciences and Humanities Building

Caitlin Patler, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Sociology. Prior to joining the UC Davis faculty, she was a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the UC Irvine Department of Criminology, Law and Society. Dr. Patler’s research explores citizenship and legal status as axes of stratification that significantly shape opportunities for mobility. She analyzes how immigration status impacts education, employment, and health among immigrants and their families. Her work also explores how immigrants experience and resist exclusion in everyday life, within institutions such as schools, and through detention and deportation policies. She is currently conducting longitudinal mixed-methods research on the impacts of long-term immigration detention and on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Dr. Patler received her Ph.D. in Sociology from UCLA, where she was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, a Ford Foundation Diversity Fellow, and a UCLA Center for the Study of Women Paula Stone Legal Research Fellow. She has received multiple grants and awards for her research, including an Action Research Project grant from the Sociological Initiatives Foundation, a Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline Award from the American Sociological Association and National Science Foundation, and the American Sociological Association Sidney Spivack Community Action Research Award.