Dr. Angela Fillingim

Assistant Professor/ Co-Director of Education and Social Justice Minor

Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley                                                              


MA University of California at Berkeley


BA University of California at Davis

Ronald E. McNair Scholar


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Current Courses

Soc 234: Immigration

Soc 302: Social Theory 

Soc 397R: Social Change in Latin America 

Soc 397G: Latinx Experiences

Soc 497G: Qualitative Studies in Race

Angela received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 2015.  After a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at UC Irvine, Angela joined WWU.  As a Salvadoran American scholar, her work centers the intersections of race, knowledge, and power.  Her current project examines how race shaped U.S. Cold War engagements in Latin America.  Particularly, she examines how colonial discourses of race shaped how US policymakers understood human rights abuses in Guatemala (1976-1996), Argentina (1976-1983) and El Salvador (1980-1992).  Another line of research, titled “Laboring to Love, Laboring to Heal” examines how human rights movements that mobilized after the civil war (1980-1992) engage in social justice campaigns to write a history of the war that includes their communities.  Finally, she is collaborating with colleagues at Western and SUNY on a project that examines the role of race in the creation of sociological knowledge.

Angela teaches classes on Immigration, Social Theory, Latin America, Qualitative Studies of Race, and Latinx Experiences.   Additionally, Angela is the Co-Director of the Eudcation and Social Justice Minor and affiliated faculty with Women Gender and Sexuality Studies, affiliated with Latin American Studies, and is the faculty mentor for the Latinx Student Union (LSU).

Faculty Research Interests

Human Rights, Immigration, International Law, Latin America, Race, Political Sociology, Social Theory

Selected Publications

Bloemraad, Irene, Heidy Sarabia and Angela Fillingim. 2017. “Citizenship Acts: Legality, Power and the Limits of Political Action.” in Within and Beyond Citizenship, edited by Nando Sigona & Roberto G. Gonzales. New York: Routledge. (Solicited Book Chapter) 

Bloemraad, Irene, Heidy Sarabia and Angela Fillingim. 2016. “‘Staying out of Trouble’ and Doing what is ‘Right:’ Citizenship Acts, Citizenship Ideals and the Effects of Legal Status on Second-Generation Youth.”  American Behavioral Scientist. 60(13) 1534–1552.

Fillingim, Angela. 2014. “Central American Child Migrants: Political Crisis or Humanitarian Question.” Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies. Fall.

Fillingim, Angela. 2013. “Mobilization after Repression: Reconsidering the Role of Testimonies and Exiles in Post- War El Salvador.” Societies Without Borders. 8 (1). (Peer Reviewed Journal)