Patricia Foxen, PhD

Deputy Director of Research

Patricia Foxen is the Deputy Director of Research at UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza) where she oversees UnidosUS’s policy-oriented research by supporting data-driven policy and advocacy work, leading story collection efforts, and implementing original research on Latino children and youth, race/ethnicity, discrimination, psychosocial health and wellbeing.

Dr. Foxen is a cultural anthropologist who has worked extensively with Latino immigrant and refugee communities in the U.S. and Canada. At UnidosUS, she has authored numerous reports including Latinos, COVID-19, and Social Belonging: Voices from the Community (2021), Dreams Interrupted: A Mixed-Methods Study Assessing Latino College Completion (with Elengold et al., 2021), The State of Public Education for Latino Students (2019), CalSavers—California’s State Retirement Savings Program: Promising Approaches for Engaging Latino Workers (with Stephanie Román, 2019) Mental Health Services for Latino Youth: Bridging Culture and Evidence (2016), Toward a More Equitable Future: The Trends and Challenges Facing America’s Latino Children (with Mark Mather, 2016), Resilient Latino Youth: In Their Own Words (2015), Speaking Out: Latino Youth on Discrimination in the United States (2010), and America’s Future: Latino Child Well-Being in Numbers and Trends (with Mark Mather, 2010) She developed the Latino Kids Data Explorer, a user-friendly tool that provides comprehensive data on Latino children in the United States. She often represents UnidosUS in speaking to external audiences about the rapidly changing demographics of the U.S. population.

Patricia has taught at Vanderbilt University and the University of Toronto and has been a visiting fellow at Yale University and American University. She has written extensively about indigenous Central American communities and is the author of the book In Search of Providence: Transnational Mayan Identities (Vanderbilt University Press, 2008; updated edition, 2020, and articles in numerous peer-reviewed journals. She has served on boards and advisory bodies including the Population Reference Bureau, Child Trends Hispanic Institute Advisory Council, the Guatemala Human Rights Commission, and the Alianza for Youth Justice. She earned her doctoral degree in anthropology and her master’s degree in medical anthropology from McGill University. Foxen also holds a master’s in public health from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Bryn Mawr College.