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Sociology and Criminology & Law

Stephanie Dhuman Giron


Degrees Earned:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, University of Florida 2014
  • Master of Arts in Sociology, University of Florida 2016

Research Interests:

  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Latinx Sociology
  • Immigration
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Qualitative methods

Dissertation Abstract:

Parallels and Paradoxes: Puerto Rican Migrant Experiences in Poinciana, Florida.

My current research focuses on migration and racial-ethnic identities and relations, particularly the experience of Puerto Rican migrants to Central Florida. My dissertation, Parallels and Paradoxes: Puerto Rican Migrant Experiences, is based in Poinciana, Florida, one of the communities with the highest concentrations of Puerto Ricans outside of the island (37.7%). As an ethnic enclave in the suburban South, my dissertation sheds light on important distinctions between this new type of enclave and experiences within. This research draws on two years of fieldwork, archival research, and in-depth interviews with Puerto Rican and Black community members, to explore stratification, representation, and group relations within this emerging Puerto Rican ethnic enclave. I address how Puerto Ricans living in Poinciana experience racial-ethnic discrimination, intragroup relations amongst Puerto Ricans in the community, and cohesion or contestation between Puerto Rican and Black community members. As one of the country’s largest homeowner’s associations, I also explore racial-ethnic minority feelings of belonging and representation in this HOA of approximately 60,000 residents.