Karen Ivette Tejada-Peña

Karen Ivette Tejada-Peña headshot

Associate Professor of Sociology

Social Science

Hillyer College
860.768.4713 Hillyer Hall 113D

PhD, University at Albany

BA, UC Santa Barbara

Karen Tejada-Peña is an associate professor of sociology. She teaches Introductory Sociology; Introduction to Ethnic Studies; Sociology of Immigration; Race, Ethnicity, and Inequality; and Introduction to Criminal Justice.

"Hillyer students are curious, dynamic, evolve, and care about learning," says Tejada-Peña. "Their diverse experiences contribute to a learning environment that engages us all. I look forward to pass on my love for sociology to the next generation."

Tejada-Peña's research interests include:

  • Criminal Justice and Qualitative Methods
  • Central Americans in the U.S.
  • Immigrants and political mobilization
  • Transnationalism and grassroots work

Tejada-Peña, Karen and Natalia Navas. 2023. “Examining ‘La Ayuda:’ Law Enforcement and Latinos on Long Island during COVID-19.” International Journal of Conflict and Violence. Published online: 

Tejada, Karen. 2022. “‘Because I’m a Fighter:’ Examining Salvadoran Women’s Leadership Toolkit.” Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies. Published online: 

Tejada, Karen. 2016. “Activists and Philanthropists: Understanding the Political Habitus of Salvadorans in the D.C. Metro Area.” Interface: a Journal for and about Social Movements 8(1): 97-116.

Tejada, Karen. 2016. “Local Actors as Global Critics: Examining Salvadorans’ Transnational Consciousness.” Humanity and Society 40(3): 306-328.

Tejada, Karen. 2015. “Transplanting the Organizing Seed: Seasoned Activists’ Political Habitus and the Transnational Social Field.” Latino Studies 13.3.

Chung, Angie Y., Bloemraad, Irene and Tejada, Karen. 2013. “Reinventing an Authentic ‘Ethnic’ Politics: Ideology and Organizational Change in Koreatown and Field’s Corner.” Ethnicities 13(6).