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Dani Carrillo

Senior Researcher and Civic Technologist
Chapter Member: Bay Area SSN

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About Dani

Carrillo's work focuses on the intersection of immigration and social welfare. Her book, When Care is Conditional: Immigrants and the U.S. Safety Net, provides a critical analysis of the U.S. safety net by examining how gender, place, and immigration status shape immigrants’ access to social services.

Carrillo has served as a pro bono consultant for Not In Our Town (NIOT) -- focused on combating hate crimes, bullying, and promoting inclusiveness of gender diversity, co-written an internal report for Street Level Health Project, and volunteered for the Spanish Speaking Citizens' Foundation, Monument Crisis Center, East Bay Naturalization Collaborative, and the Rotacare medical clinics.


"When Care Is Conditional: Immigrants and the U.S. Safety Net" (Russell Sage Press, 2024).

Critically assesses the U.S. safety net through examining the challenges that immigrants face in accessing it. Finds that in addition to immigration status, gender and place largely shapes access to social services, with undocumented men having little to safety net available to them, which is even more pronounced in suburban areas. Provides concrete policy recommendations to create a more inclusive safety net in the U.S.

"Instability of Work and Care: How Work Schedules Shape Child-Care Arrangements for Parents Working in the Service Sector" (with Kristen Harknett, Allison Logan, Sigrid Luhr, and Daniel Schneider). Social Service Review 91, no. 3 (September 2017): 422-455.

Examines the relationship between work schedule instability and child care arrangements. Finds differences between those with consistent schedules compared to those with changing, unstable schedules. Finds that informal child care arrangements are extremely common among service sector workers.

"Unity out of Adversity: Non-Profit Organizations’ Collaborative Strategies to Serve Immigrants in Bay Area Suburbs," Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, 2016.

Evaluates the work done by non-profit organizations in the Bay Area suburbs, as the geography of poverty in the region has changed from urban to suburban. Finds that suburban non-profits have fewer resources, but are more cohesive and able to provide services like legal aid to immigrants.

"Politics and Group Belonging: Predictors of Naturalisation Behaviour in France" Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 41, no. 12 (May 2015): 1932-1957.

Examines how interest in politics and group belonging impact decisions to seek naturalization in a European context. Finds that anti-immigrant climate, Muslim identity, or a feeling of otherization are negatively associated with naturalization.