G. Cristina Mora completed her B.A. in Sociology at UC Berkeley in 2003 and earned her PhD in Sociology from Princeton University in 2009. Before returning to Cal, she was a Provost Postdoctoral Scholar in Sociology at the University of Chicago.
Professor Mora’s research focuses mainly on questions of racial and ethnic categorization, organizations, and immigration. Her book, Making HIspanics, was published in 2014 by the University of Chicago Press and provides a socio-historical account of the rise of the “Hispanic/Latino” panethnic category in the United States. She is currently working on two new projects. The first examines how national Latino political organizations in the United States and Spain develop and implement panethnic agendas. The second assesses how immigration changes the discourse about race and medicine. In addition, Professor Mora’s research focuses on immigrant religion and political mobilization, as well as on Pentecostalism in Latin America. Her work has been published in venues like the American Sociological Review, Annual Review of Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Latino Studies, and Poetics.