Veronica is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Sociology Ph.D. program at the UC Merced. Her research interests include intersectionality, criminalization, Chicana feminisms, and historical sociology. Veronica's dissertation examines the criminalization of Mexican American women and girls in the current era of mass incarceration and punitive social control. Specifically, she aims to identify the ways in which race, gender, class, and sexuality intersect with various institutions to define Mexican American women as criminal, as well as how these women interpret, experience, and navigate this criminalization. Veronica received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of the Pacific in 2011 and her Master of Arts degree from UC Merced in 2013.