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Dr. Aida Isela Ramos

Associate Professor
Social Work, Sociology and Criminal Justice Department
Office: Wells 135
UMHB Mail Box:UMHB Box 8014900 College St, Box 8014BeltonTX76513
Phone: (254) 295-5017(254) 295-5017
Subjects Taught: Research Methodology, Race/Ethnicity, Education, Introduction to Sociology, Latinx in U.S. Society,& Sociology of Health
Degrees Earned: Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin (2013) M.A., University of Texas at Austin (2010) B.S., Texas A&M University (2007)

 Dr. Aida Isela Ramos joined UMHB in 2019 as an Associate Professor of Sociology. In the three years prior to her arrival, she worked as an Associate Professor of Sociology and Student Success Coordinator at George Fox University under Academic Affairs. Aida's research focuses on race-ethnicity (identity formation), religion (Latinx religion), education (Latinx and 1st generation student success in Christian higher education). 

Ramos coauthored the book Latino Protestants in America: Diverse and Growing (2017, Roman & Littlefield Publishers). She has published articles in a range of journals, including the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Sociology of Religion, and Social Science Quarterly. She is also a research fellow for the Latino Protestant Congregation Project. Aida holds a Ph.D. (2013) and master’s degree (2010) in sociology, both from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a bachelor's of science degree in sociology from Texas A&M University (2007).


Mulder, Mark, Aida I. Ramos, Gerardo Martí. 2017. Latino Protestants in America: Diverse and Growing. New York: Rowman & Littlefield Press.


Ramos, Aida I., Gerardo Martí, and Mark Mulder. 2020. "The Strategic Practice of 'Fiesta' in a Latino Protestant Church: Religious Racialization and the Performance of Ethnic Identity." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. Accepted. 

Ramos, Aida I., Gerardo Martí, and Mark Mulder. 2018. “The Growth and Diversity of Latino Protestants in America.” Religion Compass 12(2): e12268.

Cherry, Stephen, Kemal Burak, Aida I. Ramos. 2018. “Latinx Conversion and Miracle Seeking at a Buddhist Temple.” International Journal of Latin American Religions 2(1):1-22. Lead article.

Ramos, Aida I., Robert D. Woodberry and Christopher G. Ellison. 2017. “The Contexts of Conversion Among U.S. Latinos.” Sociology of Religion 78(2):119-145. Lead article.

Ramos, Aida I., Gabriel Acevedo, and Andrea L. Ruiz. 2016. “Bodyweight Perceptions Among Texas Women: The Effects of Religion, Race/Ethnicity, and Citizenship Status.” Review of Religious Research 58(3):433-455.

Ellison, Christopher G., Nicholas Wolfinger, and Aida I. Ramos. 2013. “Attitudes Toward Marriage, Cohabitation, and Causal Sex Among Working-Age Latinos: Does Religion Matter?” Journal of Family Issues 34(3):1-28.

Bartkowski, John, Aida I. Ramos, Gabriel Acevedo, and Christopher G. Ellison. 2012. "Faith, Race-Ethnicity, and Public Policy Preferences: Religious Schemas and Abortion Attitudes among U.S. Latinos.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 51(2): 343-358.

Ellison, Christopher G., Gabriel Acevedo and Aida I. Ramos. 2011. “Religion and Attitudes Toward Same-Sex Marriage among US Latinos.” Social Science Quarterly 92(1):35-56.

Riegle-Crumb, Catherine, Chelsea Moore, and Aida I. Ramos. 2011. "Who Wants to Have a Career in Science or Math?: Exploring Adolescents' 


Ramos, Aida I., Gerardo Martí, and Mark Mulder. 2020. “Latino/a Protestantisms: Historical and Sociological Overviews.” Oxford Handbook of Latino/a Christianities in America. (In Press).

Crosnoe, Robert and Aida I. Ramos. 2020. “Connecting Needs and Challenges,” in The Starting Line: Latinx Children, Texas Schools, and National Debates on Early Education by Robert Crosnoe. Austin: University of Texas at Austin University Press.

Ramos, Aida. I. 2018. “A Changing Landscape: A Sociological Perspective,” in A Plentiful Harvest: Practices for Effective Ministry among Latinos edited by Carlos S. Morán and José Daniel Montañez. Pathway Press: Cleveland, TN.

Ramos, Aida. I. 2017. “The Rise of Latino Protestants” in Sojourners Magazine.

Crosnoe, Robert, Aida I. Ramos, and Claude Bonazzo. 2015. “The Physical Health of Children of Immigrant Children and Youth,” in Transitions: The Development of Children of Immigration, edited by Carola Suarez-Orozco, Mona Abo-Zena, and  Amy K. Marks. New York: New York University Press.

Crosnoe, Robert, Claude Bonazzo, Aida I. Ramos, and Jessica Dunning-Lozano. 2013. “Digging Down into Issues of PK-3 Alignment in a Demographic Bellwether School District.” Report for the Foundation for Child Development.

Ramos, Aida I. (2016). Interviewed on Texas Public Radio (NPR) on the “Complexity of Latino Identities.”


Ramos, Aida I. 2014. Review of God’s Gangs: Barrio Ministry, Masculinity, and Gang Recovery, Edward Orozco Flores, New York University Press. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 53(3): 668-669.


Award of Excellence, Outstanding Model of the Development of Wisdom, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, George Fox University, 2018-2019.

Nominated, Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching, George Fox University, 2018

Selected Participant by Students, The Student Collective Story Portraits, George Fox University, 2018.

Selected Participant, Latin American and Latino/a Scholars Seminar, Calvin College, 2018

Selected Participant, Advancing Women in Leadership Initiative, George Fox University, 2018

Selected Young Scholars Symposium Participant, Institute for Latino Studies (ILS) at The University of Notre Dame, under the direction of Davíd Carrasco (Harvard University), April 2015.

Latino Protestant Congregation (LPC) Project Fellowship, $12,000, Davidson College and Lilly Endowment, 2014.

Graduate Student Professional Development Awards $500, The Graduate School, The University of Texas at Austin, 2011, 2009.

Graduate School Diversity Recruitment Fellowship, $24,000, The Graduate School, The University of Texas at Austin, 2008-2009.         

Summer Research Opportunity for Undergraduates (SROP) Scholar, University of California, Berkeley, 2007.

Texas A&M Foundation Scholarship, 4-Year Undergraduate Scholarship, 2003-2007.


“Latinx First Generation Student Success: A Qualitative Retention Study at George Fox University,” keynote speaker at John Brown University, March 2018. 

“Latinx Worship Practices and Racial/Ethnic Embodiment,” speaker at the Symposium on Worship, Calvin College, January 2018.

“The Complexities of Latinx Identity” & “Educational Demography of Latinx Students,” speaker and workshop leader at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities’ Latin American Studies Program, Costa Rica, May 2017.

“A Matter of the Heart: Understanding Reasons for Latino/a Catholic to Protestant Conversion,” keynote address during Voz Latina: National Symposium on Latinos in America and the Center for the Study of Religion, Princeton University, April 2015.

“César, My Academic Compass: The Influence of Chavez on Latin@ Faith Development,” keynote address during the César Chávez Lecture Series by the Office of Multicultural Education, Hope College, March 2015.

Dr. Aida Isela Ramos