Nicholas Vargas

Associate Professor
Center for Latin American Studies
Department of Sociology, Criminology, and Law

Dr. Vargas is on leave for the Spring 2023 semester.

Research Interests

Racial Classification, Latina/o Studies, Racial Stratification, Immigration, Interpersonal Networks, Religion and Non-Religion

Geographic Expertise

United States

Curriculum Vitae
  • LAS 3930 Introduction to Latina/o Studies
  • LAS 6938 U.S. Latina/os in Contemporary Society
  • SYD 3700 Minorities in American Society

Nicholas Vargas is Associate Professor in the Center for Latin American Studies and in the Department of Sociology, Criminology & Law. Vargas received his B.A. in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Bloomsburg University, M.A. in Sociology from the University of Florida, and Ph.D. in Sociology from Purdue University. Before coming to UF, Vargas was Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at Dallas. His research agenda is interdisciplinary and primarily driven by questions about racialization and racial boundaries. He is currently studying how different groups of Latina/os are perceived racially and how these distinct experiences of race are associated with Latina/os’ racial ideologies, attitudes regarding immigration policy, and the racial/ethnic and socioeconomic makeup of close personal networks. Vargas is also researching issues related to racial contestation, the experience whereby one’s personal racial identity does not match how they are perceived racially by others. His scholarly work can be found in journals including Ethnic and Racial Studies, Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race, Social Science Research, and Sociology of Religion, among others.