Originally born in Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico, I grew up in Millerton, New York, a small town near the state line of Connecticut and Massachusetts. I received my B.A. in Sociology and Gender Studies from the University of Chicago in 2012, and my Ph.D. in Sociology from Texas A&M University in 2017. I taught at California State University, Monterey Bay from 2017-2018. I began teaching at Texas State University in the fall of 2018. When I am not teaching sociology or doing research, I play the bass guitar, hike with my partner and 2 rescue dogs, and hang out at coffee shops.
I have taught Introduction to Sociology, Latinos and Immigration, Sociology of Deviance, Sociological Theory, Qualitative Methods, and Sociology of Marriage.
My research focuses on Latinx Sociology, immigration and deportation, and theory broadly defined. Specifically, I am interested in racial formation theory to address the impacts of deportation on vulnerable communities in the United States. In the past, I conducted a three-year ethnographic study on the charro (Mexican cowboy) using the framework of Thorstein Veblen to address issues of race, class, and gender. My upcoming book From the Peaceable to the Barbaric: Thorstein Veblen and the Charro Cowboy brings into focus this vast qualitative research. Currently, I research the operations of the Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) by examining their detention contracts with the US, their audit system reports, and their death reports from 2008-2015. I have researched ICE’s documented negligence to analyze their use of solitary confinement, the occurrence of sexual assault, low-quality medical care, etc. using qualitative software. I am also interested in researching employees within the deportation apparatus. All my research is interdisciplinary and applies classical and contemporary social theory in a distinctive approach.
Selected Scholarly/Creative Work
Aldana Marquez, B. (2019). From the Peaceable to the Barbaric: Thorstein Veblen and the Charro Cowboy. UK: Routledge.
Aldana Marquez, B. (2018). Shift in Social Character: Charro Cultural Representations in Mexican Popular Culture. Studies in Latin American Popular Culture, 36, 30–46.
Aldana Marquez, B. (2017). The Effects of Hacienda Culture on the Gendered Division of Labor within the Charro Community. Gender Issues, 34, 3–22.
Aldana Marquez, B., & Moore, W. L. (2017). Including exclusion: the enduring problematic gap between the race and ethnicity paradigms. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 40(13), 2249–2255.
Williams, A. A., & Aldana Marquez, B. (2015). The Lonely Selfie King: The Lonely Selfie King: Selfies and the Conspicuous Prosumption of Gender and Race. The International Journal of Communication, 9, 1775–1785.
Selected Service Activities
Academic Advisory Council for the Latina/o Studies Minor