Vélez, William

Professor Emeritus

Fall 2021 Office Hours

By appointment only


PhD, Sociology, Yale University

Positions, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

2016 - present, Professor Emeritus
1997 - 2016, Professor
1989 - 1997, Associate Professor
1981 - 1989, Assistant Professor

Teaching Schedule

Fall 2020
Course SOCIOL 323-201: Perspectives on Latino Communities

Areas of Specialization

Sociology of Education; Social Stratification; Race and Ethnic Relations; Sociology of Latinos

Selected Publications

Goldsmith, P. R., Britton, M. L., Reese, B., & Velez, W. (2017). Will Moving to a Better Neighborhood Help? Teenage Residential Mobility, Change of Context and Young-Adult Educational Attainment. Urban Affairs Review, 53(2), 305–337.
Britton, M. L., & Velez, W. (2015, May). Boricuas, Barrios and Birth Outcomes: Residential Segregation and Preterm Birth among Puerto Ricans in the United States. CENTRO Journal, 26(1).
De Jesus, A., Burgos, G., Almenas, M., & (2014, January (1st Quarter/Winter)). “Bifurcated Boricuas: A Multilevel Analysis of Cultural and Economic Factors Influencing Marriage Patterns of U.S. Puerto Ricans.”. Velez, W. (Ed.). The Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 24, 156-178.
Velez, W. (2013, April (2nd Quarter/Spring)). Review of The Selma of the North: Civil Rights Insurgency in Milwaukee, by Patrick D. Jones. , 12(1), 84-86. City & Community.
Antrop-Gonzalez, R. F., Garrett, T., & Velez, W. (2012, December). “What have we learned from our research?: Making sense of the impact of protestant religiosity on the academic achievement of urban Latina/o youth. Jeynes, W., & Robinson, D. (Eds.). International Handbook of Protestant Education, 417-430. New York, NY: Springer.
Velez, W., & Goldsmith, P. A. (2011, October (4th Quarter/Autumn)). Transitions to Wage Labor and Postsecondary Education Among Puerto Rican Youth. Centro Journal, 23(2), 20-37.
Velez, W., Martin, M. E., & Mendez, E. (2009, December). Segregation Patterns in Metro Areas: Latinos and African Americans in 2000. Centro Journal, 21(1), 118-137.