Associate Professor, Sociology


Ph.D. Sociology and Demography, Pennsylvania State University, 2013
M.A. Sociology and Demography, Pennsylvania State University, 2010
B.A. Sociology and Criminology (Minor - Latino Studies), The Ohio State University, 2008


Luis Sánchez is an Associate Professor of Sociology. He joined the CSU Channel Islands faculty in Fall 2013. Prior to arriving at CI, Luis completed a dual Ph.D. in Sociology and Demography at The Pennsylvania State University. His teaching and research interests include immigration, immigrant assimilation, social demography, and quantitative research methods.

Dr. Sánchez’s current research examines immigrant homeownership with a particular focus on racial/ethnic and geographic variation in housing tenure. His work also considers the varying contexts experienced by immigrants in traditional (i.e. Los Angeles) and emerging immigrant gateways (i.e. places in the South and Midwest) and how they might influence the immigrant incorporation process.

In the classroom, Luis’s teaching emphasizes the importance of data, measurement, and statistical analyses in the systematic study of social phenomena. Furthermore, he enjoys exposing students to demographic perspectives as a way to make sense of the sources and implications of population change taking place at the local, national, and world levels.

As a native of Santa Paula, Luis is excited to be back in Ventura County and part of the CSU Channel Islands community. He enjoys running, playing tennis, and cheering on his beloved Ohio State Buckeyes (where he received his B.A. and met his wife) on college football Saturdays in the fall.

Representative Courses Taught

  • SOC 303 Statistical Applications in the Social Sciences (cross-listed POLS/PSY 303)
  • SOC 360 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
  • SOC 440 Political Studies "Social Demography" (cross-listed ESRM 440)
  • UNIV 498 Faculty Student Research Collaborative
  • SOC 499 Senior Capstone

Select Publications

2018-Luis A. Sánchez. “Examining Latin American Immigrant Homeownership in New Destinations.” Sociological Inquiry (

2018-Luis A. Sánchez. “Segmented Paths: Mexican Generational Differences in the Transition to First-Time Homeownership in the United States.” Journal of International Migration and Integration. (

2018-Bostean, Georgiana, Luis A. Sánchez, and Adam M. Lippert. “Sociodemographic Disparities in E-Cigarette Retail Environment: Vape Stores and Census Tract Characteristics in Orange County, CA.” Health and Place. 50: 65-72.



Immigration, Demography, Homeownership, Residential Segregation, Social Stratification, Urban Sociology, Spatial Analysis

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