Veronica Diaz, Ph.D., is Assistant Director of Academic Advising Services in the College of Arts, Sciences, & Education at Florida International University. She is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies, the Department of Liberal & Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Honors College.
The courses she teaches include Immigration and Refugees, Sociology of Gender, Introduction to Sociology, Societies in the World, Introduction to Humanities, Capstone, and a course she created—The American Dream: Cubans in the U.S. She earned her Ph.D. in Global and Sociocultural Studies, specializing in sociocultural anthropology, at FIU. She also holds an M.S. in Higher Education Administration and a B.S. in Social Studies Education from FIU.
Dr. Diaz is interested in examining the pre- and post-migration experiences and perspectives of immigrants and how they negotiate their cultural identities. For her doctoral research, she employed a narrative inquiry approach to explore how Cuban immigrants who came to Miami from 1995 to 2017 conceptualized the American dream prior to arrival, how their experiences in the U.S. compare to their pre-migration expectations, and how current economic conditions in the U.S. affect the process of adaptation.