Gabriella Leon-Perez

Gabriela León-Pérez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Founders Hall, Room 215

Office hours: By appointment

Curriculum vitae


Immigrant health

Latino sociology

Health disparities


B.A., International Studies, Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico
M.A., Sociology, Texas A&M International University
M.A., Sociology, Vanderbilt University
Ph.D., Sociology, Vanderbilt University

Research Interests

  • Latin American migration to the U.S.
  • Immigrant health
  • Latino sociology
  • Health disparities

Select Publications

León-Pérez, Gabriela, Evelyn J. Patterson, and Larissa Coelho. 2022. “Legal Status History, Gender, and the Health of Latino Immigrants in the U.S.” International Migration 60(5):3-22. 

León-Pérez, Gabriela, Caroline Richards, and Amy L. Non. 2021. “Precarious Work and Parenting Stress Among Mexican Immigrant Women in the United States.” Journal of Marriage and Family 83: 881–897. 

León-Pérez, Gabriela. 2019. “Internal Migration and the Health of Indigenous Mexicans: A Longitudinal Study.” SSM-Population Health 8(August). 

Young, Maria-Elena, Gabriela León-Pérez, Christine R. Wells, and Steven P. Wallace. 2018. “More Inclusive States, Less Poverty Among Immigrants? An Examination of Poverty, Citizenship Stratification, and State Immigrant Policies.” Population Research and Policy Review 37(2):205-228. 

León-Pérez, Gabriela, Kenneth A. Wallston, Kathryn M. Goggins, Heidi M. Poppendeck, and Sunil Kripalani. 2016. “Effects of Stress, Health Competence, and Social Support on Depressive Symptoms After Cardiac Hospitalization.” Journal of Behavioral Medicine 39:441-452. 


Affiliated Faculty, Immigration Lab, American University (


  • SOCY-332 Immigration & American Society
  • SOCY-401 Racial & Ethnic Health Disparities
  • SOCY-320 Research Methods for the Social Sciences
  • SOCY-406 Senior Seminar


  • 2023    Co-PI with Dewey Taylor (PI), Sun Jung Kim, Daniel Stephenson, and Oyita Udiani. “Multidisciplinary Analysis of Vaccination Games for Equity (MAVEN)”. NSF Incorporating Human Behavior in Epidemiological Models (IHBEM). Status: Awarded. Award Amount: $666,358. Grant# 2327790.
  • 2023-2024    Humanities Research Center Residential Fellowship
  • 2022-2024    Faculty Fellow, Clark-Hill Institute for Positive Youth Development, VCU
  • 2021               VCU History & Health Fellow"