Ana-Maria Wahl

Dr. Ana-Maria Wahl, Associate Professor of Sociology, has taught at Wake Forest University in the Department of Sociology since 2002. Dr. Wahl received her M.A. and her Ph.D. from Indiana University at Bloomington. Prior to arriving at Wake, she spent several years teaching at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research focuses on several dimensions of social stratification and the politics of inequality. This work includes research on labor relations and race relations. In the area of labor relations, Dr. Wahl has studied the politics of health and safety legislation with a recent emphasis on the conditions facing Latino workers in the meat packing industry. In the area of race relations, Dr. Wahl has examined the dimensions and dynamics of residential segregation in micropolitan areas, focusing on new Latino destinations.  More recently, her research on Latinos has broadened to include an analysis of alcohol use and abuse among first generation, second generation and third generation plus adolescents. Dr. Wahl has taught a wide range of courses that reflect her research interests as well her efforts to integrate both community outreach and research with the substantive work covered in her courses. Dr. Whal is also a member of the Steering Committee for the Magnolia Scholars Program, a program to assist first-generation college students at Wake Forest.

Contact Information

Phone: (336) 758-4121
Office: Carswell Hall, 255

“Immigrant Generation, Selective Aculturation and Alcohol Use among Latina/o Adoleescences,” co-authored with Tamela McNulty Eitle and Elizabeth Aranda, Social Science Research, 38:3 (September 2009): 732-742.

“Souther (Dis)Comfort?: Latino Population Growth, Economic Integration and Spatial Assimilation in North Carolina Micropolitan Areas,” Sociation Today, 5:2 (2007).

“Becoming Neighbors or Remaining Strangers? Latinos and Residential Segregation in the Heartland,” co-authored with Seven E. Gunkel and Bennie Shobe, Great Plans Research, 15 (2005): 297-327.

“Death and Disability in the Heartland: Corporate (Mis)Conduct, Regulatory Responses, and the Plight of Latino Workers in the Meatpacking Industry,” co-authored with Steven E. Gunkel and Thomas W. Sanchez, Great Plans Research, 10 (2000): 329-358.

Ellen Gates Starr: On Art, Labor and Religion, edited volume with Mary Jo Deegan (New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2003).