Reducing Inequality Network (RIN) Scholar

Lorraine Torres-Colón is a decolonial feminist scholar completing her Ph.D. in the Sociology program at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She is interested in social network formation and health outcomes among colonial migrants. Her past research and thesis, “Mental Illness Among Latinx Migrants: Literature Review and Proposed Avenues of Research,” focused on mental health trends among Latinx migrants in the United States. Outside of academia, Lorraine spent five years working for immigrants’ rights organizations, eventually coordinating the Trans Immigrant Defense Effort at the Transgender Law Center. Currently her research uses social network analysis to study mental health disparities among Puerto Rican migrants in the United States, though she is hoping to expand her research in the future to include migrants from Guam, America Samoa, and potentially Hawaii. She is a New York City Reducing Inequality Network Scholar and a Pipeline Mentor Fellow, through which she mentors selected CUNY undergraduate students from underrepresented groups who are interested in pursuing graduate level education. She is also an adjunct at Hunter College, where she teaches a course on the sociology of race and ethnicity.

Areas of Expertise

Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches to the Study of Racial Health Disparities