Gunercindo A Espinoza

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I am the one with the black Ray-Bans wearing the red cap in the picture. East Los Angeles in California is the place of my birth. I grew up in a small town right outside of Los Angeles named, the City of Bell. My neighborhood growing up was predominantly Latinx. Many of the residences in Bell were recent immigrants from either Mexico or Central America. My own family's country of origin is Nicaragua. My maternal grandmother, who only spoke Spanish, raised me since I was four years old after both parents passed away on just her social security checks, welfare, and food stamps. I am a product of the public schools within the Los Angeles Unified School District. Despite going to overcrowded classes and underfunded schools. I, fortunately, have had the incredible opportunity to attend some of the best public universities in the nation during my academic career. I hope my research can contribute to help others from similar disadvantaged backgrounds to have the same access that I had in higher education. Currently, I research how amicus briefs influence the Justices' judicial decisions at the United States Supreme Court in cases involving racial inequality.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Sociology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2016-Present.
  • Sociology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania , 2013-2016.
  • JD.: Labor and Employment Law, University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wisconsin, 2010.
  • BA.: Sociology and Psychology, University of California, Berekely, California, 2003.
  • AA.: German and Liberal Studies, Los Angeles Valley College, Valley Glen, California, 1999.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Critical Race Theory
  • Law and Society
  • Social Movements
Courses Taught
  • Introduction to Sociology as a Teacher Assistant
  • Edelstein American Mosaic Project Summer Fellowship, May 2017 - August 2017
  • Sociology Fellowship, September 2016 - August 2018