Carolina Otero

Graduate Student Researcher


Carolina Otero is a PhD. Student in Sociology at USC. She received her Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science in Sociology from Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah. Carolina’s research seeks to inform the literatures of education, residential segregation, and social mobility pertaining to Latino immigrant families, particularly, the children of immigrants. Her current work looks at how place and economic context impact the educational attainment of the Latino second-generation in new and old immigrant destinations. 

Previously, she worked on The Life and Family Legacies Study, and was the lead data researcher over the UK Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) data for a cross-national family structure project. Carolina has interned at the Correlation Research Division for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Salt Lake City, UT and as a market researcher in Provo, UT.

As part of Carolina’s commitment to mentorship and access to quality education for all, she has served in leadership capacities and volunteered with numerous organizations working with k-12 students.

Carolina is the child of Mexican immigrants and is an Oceanside, CA native but also considers Utah her second home. She is the proud aunt of three nieces and a nephew and owner of a pet parrot and cockatiel.