Claudia Sandoval, Ph.D.

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Claudia Sandoval, Ph.D.
Del Rey North‌

Email: claudia.sandoval@lmu.edu

Claudia Sandoval is a professor in the Political Science department where she teaches courses on Race, Immigration, and Black/Latina/o relations. Professor Sandoval is a first-generation Mexican immigrant who grew up in Inglewood, California and graduated from Westchester High School.  Professor Sandoval went on to receive a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA in 2006. During her time as an undergraduate, she participated in the McNair Research Scholars program and wrote a senior these on Black/Latina/o Relations in Inglewood. After graduating college, Sandoval left to the University of Chicago for her Ph.D. in political science. During her 9 year stay in the Midwest, Professor Sandoval taught Latina/o Politics at Northwestern University, University of Chicago, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before returning to her hometown of Inglewood to begin her position at LMU, she married her husband, Jose Garcia. They now have two beautiful children, Izel and Sebastián. The four are happy to be a part of the faculty-in-residence program and look forward to taking part in the students academic journey on campus.