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Latino Peer Mentoring Research Guide

Thinking about your topic

Choosing a topic is an important part of doing research!

Ask yourself:

What am I interested in?

Is this a big topic or a small topic?

 From what perspective do I want to explore my interest (sociology, psychology, education, literature, political science, history, etc.)?

Topics

If you determine that your topic is a big topic, think about the smaller topics that might fall under the big topic. Immigration, for instance, is a very large topic. Its subtopics include:

  • border crossing
  • family cohesion
  • citizenship legislation
  • NAFTA
  • poverty
  • outsourcing
  • xenophobia
  • terrorism

...among many others!

The next step is to decide which of these subtopics interests you. As you're thinking about the subtopics, try also to consider what about that subtopic is interesting. Are you interested in the history of border crossings? The psychology of xenophobia? The causes of poverty in Mexico? Ultimately, your goal should be to write down a question that your research will aim to answer.

As you can see, this part of the research process can take a little bit more time that you might expect! If you're having trouble choosing a focused topic, let me know and we can work through some of the possibilities together.

LPM Topic Examples

  1. Working conditions of immigrant workers
  2. 'Soldaderas': women in the Mexican Revolution, women empowerment
  3. Tracing origins of traditional foods
  4. Bilingual education advantages
  5. Past to present, the city of Tijuana
  6. Americanized traditions of Latin@ origins
  7. Latin@ and family connections
  8. Latin@s in politics, academia, and the USA
  9. Secure Communities program in Humboldt County
  10. Latin@ college dropout rates
  11. Laws/bills/legislation that affect Latin@ issues
  12. Assimilation throughout generations
  13. Environmental Racism
  14. Bilingual education advantages
  15. Latin@/Chican@ writers of resistance
  16. Homophobia in Latin@ communities