Lucia Leon

Lucia Leon

Lucia Leon

Assistant Professor

Cohort 2015-16

Office: 7349 Bunche Hall



Lucía León is an alumni of Chicana/o Studies at University of California Los Angeles. She grew up in Orange County where she began organizing with undocumented families in the mid 2000s. Her research interests include the production of illegality, racialized illegalities, undocumented young adults, legalization, gender and sexuality. Her dissertation focuses on an intersectional examination of the consequences of immigration law on the lived experiences of undocumented young adults navigating the marriage-based legalization process.

Currently, Lucía is an assistant professor of Latino Studies and Social Justice at the Dominican University of California.


  • PhD, Chicana/o and Central American Studies, UCLA
  • MA, Chicana/o Studies, UCLA
  • MA Sociology, California State University Sacramento
  • B.A. Sociology, Women’s Studies, Concentration in Race, Class, and Gender, California State University, Fullerton


  • U.S. Immigration Laws and Policies
  • Undocumented Young Adults
  • Race, Gender, and Sexuality

Honors & Awards

  • Center for Engaged Scholarship Dissertation Fellowship (2020-2021)
  • Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship (2019-2020)
  • Graduate Summer Research Mentorship (2017)
  • Graduate Research Mentorship (2016-2017)
  • Graduate Summer Research Mentorship (2016)
  • Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship (2015-2016)
Alternate & Honorable Mentions
  • Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Alternate (2020)
  • Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Honorable Mention (2016)


  • Undocumented Young Adults, Immigration Law and Resistance (Instructor UCLA, Summer 2019)
  • Introduction to Chicana/o/x Studies (Instructor UC Berkeley, Summer 2018, Summer 2019)