Cristian Paredes

PRC Graduate Student TraineeM.A., University of Houston

PRC Graduate Student Trainee; PhD Candidate
Cristian Paredes



Cristian L. Paredes is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology and a Graduate Student Trainee in the Population Research Center.  He is primarily interested in the influence of immigration on several social dynamics of U.S. metropolitan areas, and in the multidimensionality of the ethno-racial condition in Latin American contexts of mestizaje (Spanish for ethnic/racial mixture).  In his paper, entitled “The Consumption of Out-of-Home Highbrow Leisure by Ethnicity and National Origin: Attendance at Museums and Live Theatres in Houston,” he explains the consumption of highbrow leisure events by minority/ethnic individuals, immigrants, and their descendants as efforts toward their integration and assimilation in metropolitan areas.  This paper is forthcoming in the journal Ethnic and Racial Studies

In his dissertation, entitled “Multidimensional Ethno-Racial Status in Latin American Contexts of Mestizaje,” he argues that several ethno-racial characteristics refer to conceptually and empirically distinct dimensions of ethno-racial status in contexts of mestizaje.  He also argues that these dimensions should be considered together when analyzing ethno-racial issues because they concurrently characterize mestizo (mixed-race) individuals.  Using this theoretical approach, he studies ethno-racial inequality in Peru; the significance of phenotype in Guatemala; and the influence of Catholic heritage on non-Afro identities, and prejudice against Haitians in the Dominican Republic.

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