Mario Alberto V. Espinoza-Kulick

Graduate Student


Medical Sociology; Community Health; Health Policy; Health Services; Equity; HIV/AIDS; Immigration; Theory; Queer of Color Analysis; Race, Class, and Gender; Latina/o/x Studies; Social Movements


B.A., California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Comparative Ethnic Studies


Mario Alberto V. Espinoza-Kulick is a PhD Candidate in Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Health Policy Research Scholar with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. His research on Latinx Immigrant Communities and Health Advocacy contributes directly to understandings of immigration, Latina/o/x studies, and public health. His dissertation project, “La Gente Unida: Immigrant Health and Advocacy in California's Central Coast," deepens our understanding of the health needs and assets present among immigrants, including those living on the margins. The use of a decolonial-inspired framework has bridged this study with community member perspectives and advocacy groups, making the research directly useful for policymakers as well as academics. Mario won a Dissertation Award to support this project from the Health Policy Research Scholars program. His research contributions is the foundation for continued leadership to address pressing questions facing immigrant communities, especially those of health and equity. Mario is also a Lecturer for the Ethnic Studies and Women’s, Gender & Queer Studies departments at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He serves the community as a Board member for two community-based non-profit organizations, Corazón del Pueblo: The Cultural and Creative Arts Center for the Santa Maria Valley and Access Support Network in San Luis Obispo and Monterey counties.

Mario Alberto V. Espinoza-Kulick's CV


Mario is an accomplished teacher who uses his research experience to bring cutting-edge perspectives into the classroom. Paired with critical exploration, his pedagogical approach pushes students to rigorously understand and apply their knowledge to real-world social problems.

Courses Taught (UCSB): SOC 108C: Methods of Cultural Analysis

Teaching Assistant Experience (UCSB): SOC 170J: Juvenile Justice, SOC 108C: Methods of Cultural Analysis, SOC 118C: Culture, SOC 108: Methods of Sociological Research.

Courses Taught (Cal Poly): ES 243: Survey of Latinx Studies, ES 340: Latinx Cultural Productions, ES/WGS 345: Queer Ethnic Studies, ES/WGS 350: Gender, Race, Culture, Science and Technology, ES 390: Research Methods in Ethnic Studies, and ES 450: Fieldwork in Comparative Ethnic Studies.