Gilbert F. Mireles

Associate Professor of Sociology


B.A. Swarthmore College 1996; M.A., M.Phil. Yale University 2003; Ph.D Yale University, 2005.

Gilbert Mireles has been teaching at Whitman since 2003. During his time at the College, he has taught courses in social stratification, social movements, economic sociology, race and ethnicity, crime and delinquency, and introductory sociology. Professor Mireles' research is broadly focused on the socio-political integration of immigrant communities into U.S society. His book, Continuing La Causa: Organizing Labor in California's Strawberry Fields (Lynne Reinner/First Forum Press) was published in 2013. His current research is a comparative examination of social and political attitudes and behaviors among different segments of the Latino middle class in two majority-minority communities in California and Washington State.

Mireles was a member of the Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs from 2008 to 2012. While on the Commission, Mireles edited the 2009 Washington State Hispanic Assessment Report. He has also been involved with the State of the State for Washington Latinos Project at Whitman College, and was a member of the Walla Walla County Housing Commission from 2010-2013.

Mireles is originally from California's Central Valley, with family roots extending to Texas and Michoacán, Mexico. He and his wife Erica have two young girls, Belén Alejandra and Sylvie Lisanne. In his free time Mireles enjoys Argentinian film and Chilean literature and wine.