Researcher who centers immigrant families, education, and the experiences of undocumented immigrants.


Daniel Millán is a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of American Cultures in the Chicano Studies Research Center at the University of California, Los Angeles. Daniel earned a Ph.D. in Sociology with an emphasis in Chicana/o Latina/o Studies at the University of California, Irvine and a B.A. in Chicana/o Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His work includes analyzing the experiences of Latina/o children of immigrants, undocumented students in higher education, and immigrants in detention.

Daniel’s current project builds on his previous work with families and undocumented immigrants to explore the consequences of a prolonged lack of inclusive immigration policy for members of mixed-status Latina/o immigrant families. He will analyze how immigration policies may have a lasting impact on familial relationships and members’ access to material and emotional resources. Daniel will also highlight how family members routinely navigate inclusive and exclusionary immigration laws and policies across federal, state, and local contexts.

Daniel’s work includes analyzing how the household composition of Latina/o families shapes the academic experiences of Latina/o children of immigrants. He considers the consequences of children who live with one or two parents and extended relatives on their academic performance. He draws upon frameworks that center the role of families as a key ecological component in the lives of children of immigrants.

Daniel is a founding member of the Undocumented Student Equity Project and has been actively involved in immigrant organizing for over a decade. Through this work, he has analyzed how undocumented students hold divergent perspectives about their legal status with implications for their navigational strategies. He has also collaborated with colleagues to explore the extent to which undocumented young adults experience deportability and the role of educational institutions in mediating the negative consequences of immigration laws and policies.