Andrés Villarreal joined the University of Maryland in the fall of 2014. He conducts research in four primary areas: international migration, race and ethnicity, social stratification, and crime and violence. Much of his research focuses on Latin America and the Latin American-origin population in the U.S. His work has appeared in the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Sociology, Demography, and Social Forces, among other peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Villarreal is currently Scientific and Technical Core Director of the Maryland Population Research Center (MPRC). He also heads the Migration Research Laboratory.


  • PhD
    University of Chicago

In a current research project funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Dr. Villarreal is examining the long-term economic assimilation of immigrants to the U.S. using a unique dataset that links survey respondents to their tax records. In a prior research project, also funded by the NICHD, Dr. Villarreal investigated the origins of the dramatic decline in Mexico-U.S. migration over the past decade and the associated changes in the profile of migrants arriving in the U.S.

Former Students

  • Erin R. Hamilton
    Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, UC Irvine
  • Mark Gross
    Postdoctoral Research Associate in Population Studies, Brown University
A. Villarreal
3131 Art-Sociology Building
Department of Sociology
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