For more than three decades, Vilma Ortiz has studied the socioeconomic experiences of Latinos in the U.S., focusing both on specific Latino groups, as well as comparative studies with other racial/ethnic groups. Included among her publications is her award-winner book, Generations of Exclusion: Mexican Americans, Assimilation, and Race (co-authored with Edward Telles, Russell Sage Foundation Publications, 2008).
- 2014 Distinguished Career Award, Latino Section, American Sociological Association
- 2009 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Scholarship, Pacific Sociological Association
- 2009 Book Award, Latino/a Sociology Section, American Sociology Association
- 2009 Otis Dudley Duncan Book Award, Population Section, American Sociology Association
- 2009 Thomas and Znaniecki Award, International Migration Section, American Sociology Association, honorable mention