Felicia Arriaga, Ph.D.

I am currently a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Sociology in the criminology concentration at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. I defended my dissertation in Sociology at Duke University in May 2018. My research interests are in the areas of race and ethnicity, immigration, and crimmigration (criminalization of immigration policy and procedure). My current book project highlights how federal immigration enforcement programs are implemented through local law enforcement in the new immigrant destination of North Carolina. I am originally from Western, North Carolina and completed my undergraduate, Master’s Degree, and PhD in Sociology at Duke University. I consider myself a public-sociologist and hope that my scholarship and community work will contribute to more fruitful discussions around crimmigration policies.  I’m especially interested in how these policies and procedures relate to issues of criminal justice accountability, transparency and reform. 

Research Interests

  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Immigration and Crimmigration
  • Experiential Learning
  • Popular Education
  • Digital Humanities

Personal Website



 2019.  “Writing in Race: Evidence Against Employers’ Assumptions About Race and Soft Skills” Social Problems with Jessi Streib, Carlos Tevaras, and Emi Weedm, https://doi.org/10.1093/socpro/spz034

2019.   “Presenting Their Gendered Selves? How Women and Men Describe Who They Are, What They Have Done, and Why They Want the Job in Their Written Applications” Sex Roles: A Journal of Research with Jessi Streib, Jane Rochmes, Carlos Tavares, and Emi Weed). 

2019. Ethnic Minorities and Criminalization of Immigration Policies in the United States.” In: Ratuva S. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Ethnicity. Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore

2019. “Banking on immigrants” Scalawag Online. https://www.scalawagmagazine.org/2019/05/north-carolina-ice/?fbclid=IwAR1Id0v1LLjG6fEocepVOi6ENleezVTMhWVUtEtEEh6QCNzGiTyP_ujTJKE

2017. “By the Numbers: Enforcing Immigration in the Tar Heel State Scalawag Magazine, Issue 8



Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Department of Sociology

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-6394

Office address
204D Chapell Wilson Hall


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