Irene I. Vega


Irene I. Vega is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. Her research examines immigration enforcement policies and practices from the perspective of frontline bureaucrats. She is particularly interested in the moral and racial boundaries that shape migration control at the U.S. Mexico border, a topic she elaborates in her book “Bordering on Indifference: Race and Morality in Immigration Work” (Under Contract with Princeton University Press). In addition to international migration, race/ethnicity, and socio-legal studies, Dr. Vega has an interest in the cultural experience of social mobility. Dr. Vega’s research has been published in Social Problems, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and American Behavioral Scientist, among other venues.

Research projects & programmes

Border Criminologies