Ph.D. 2021, Sociology, Boston University
Erick Berrelleza joined the SCU Department of Sociology in 2021. His research on place and space considers the contestations that occur at the microlevel through interactions, practices, and structures. He uses ethnography, as well as visual and spatial methods in his research. He has studied the broad exclusionary effects of gentrification within an urban church in Boston, MA and the everyday production and practices of sanctuary by undocumented immigrants living in spaces of confinement in the New Sanctuary Movement. His most recent project is a comparative ethnography of Latino religious life in urban and rural North Carolina.
At Santa Clara, he teaches courses in urban sociology, immigration, and place. He is committed to helping students develop portable research skills through experiential learning in local neighborhoods and with public community institutions.
Berrelleza, originally from Los Angeles, CA, is a Jesuit priest of the USA West Province. He completed undergraduate studies at Loyola Marymount University and a graduate degree in theology from Boston College. He is a Red Sox fan since childhood and enjoys running and exploring the cultures of cities.