Kristopher Velasco

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Office Phone
185 Wallace Hall

Kristopher Velasco (he/him/his) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology. His research lies at the intersections of global & transnational sociology, organizations, political sociology, culture, and sexuality. Kristopher’s research is driven by one overarching question: how do organizations and institutions facilitate social and cultural change?

Kristopher addresses this question at two scales. Globally, he investigates how transnational advocacy networks, NGOs, and international institutions facilitate the expansion of LGBTI rights around the world by changing cultural understandings of gender and sexuality. This line of research, and the backlash these processes invite, is the subject of Kristopher's current book project. Domestically, he examines the cultural dimensions of nonprofit organizations (e.g., language use, emotionality, etc.) and how these attributes influence wider society, especially when it comes to normalizing diverse sexual and gender identities.

Kristopher’s research has been published in the American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Social Forces, and International Studies Quarterly, among others. Additionally, Kristopher has received awards for his research from the American Sociological Association, American Political Science Association, International Studies Association, Academy of Management, and the Ford Foundation. Kristopher received his B.A. from the University of Kansas and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin.


Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Texas at Austin 2021

M.A. in Sociology, University of Texas at Austin 2017

B.A. in Political Science and Sociology (with Honors), University of Kansas 2013

Selected Publications

Velasco, Kristopher and Jeffrey Swindle. “Assembling God’s ‘Last Best Hope’: The Expanding Reach of the World Congress of Families.” Mobilization: An International Quarterly. Data. Preprint

Hoffmann, Nathan I.,* and Kristopher Velasco. “Sexuality, Migration, and LGB Policy: A Portrait of Immigrants in Same-Sex Couples in the United States.” International Migration Review. Replication Package. Preprint

Hoffmann, Nathan I.,* and Kristopher Velasco. “Political Dimensions of Rising Mixed-Citizenship, Same-Sex Couples: A Difference-in-Differences-in-Differences Analysis.” Social Forces
102(3): 1134-1156. Replication Package. Preprint