Rubia Valente

Rubia Valente

Assc Professor

Marxe School of Public and International Affairs

Department: Public Affairs

Areas of expertise: Research Methods and Data Science, Urban Studies, Happiness Studies, Race/Ethnicity, Social Indicators

Email Address: rubia.valente@baruch.cuny.edu

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Dr. Rubia R. Valente is on the faculty in the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College, City University of New York. She earned her B.A. in International Relations with a minor in French from Southern Methodist University, and her Master’s degree in International Political Economy and Ph.D. in Public Policy and Political Economy from The University of Texas at Dallas.

On its broadest level, her work applies advanced quantitative methods and socioeconomic theory to investigate the impact of policies on underrepresented and marginalized groups, providing empirical support for formulating policies addressing socioeconomic inequalities due to race, class, and gender in social, political, religious, and educational institutions. Her research also evaluates the impact of public policies on the quality of life (a.k.a. happiness) of minority groups. Her regional focus is Latin America and Brazil.

Before joining Baruch, she was a research associate (post-doctoral fellow) at the School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas and a visiting lecturer in the Department of Sociology (Program in Latino Studies) at Princeton University. To learn more about Professor Valente and about her research, visit her website at www.rubiavalente.com 

Education

Ph.D., Public Policy and Political Economy, The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson TX

MSc, International Political Economy,, The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson TX

BSc, International Relations, Southern Methodist University Dallas TX

SemesterCourse PrefixCourse NumberCourse Name
Fall 2023PAF6002HHonors Thesis
Fall 2023PAF3401Quant Meths Poli & Prac
Fall 2023PAF9270Data Collection and Descriptio
Spring 2023PAF9172Research and Analysis II
Spring 2023PAF6001HHonors Thesis
Spring 2023PAF3401Quant Meths Poli & Prac
Fall 2022PAF9172Research and Analysis II
Fall 2022PAF3401Quant Meths Poli & Prac
Spring 2022PAF9172Research and Analysis II
Spring 2022PAF9172Research and Analysis II
Spring 2021PAF3401Quant Meths Poli & Prac
Fall 2020PAF3401Quant Meths Poli & Prac
Fall 2020PAF9172Research and Analysis II
Spring 2020PAF3401Quant Meths Poli & Prac
Spring 2020PAF9172Research and Analysis II
Fall 2019PAF9172Research and Analysis II
Fall 2019PAF3401Quant Meths Poli & Prac
Spring 2019PAF3401Quant Meths Poli & Prac
Spring 2019PAF9172Research and Analysis II
Fall 2018PAF3401Quant Meths Poli & Prac
Fall 2018PAF3401Quant Meths Poli & Prac
Spring 2018PAF9172Research and Analysis II
Spring 2018PAF3105Principles of Survey Research
Spring 2018PAF3401Quant Meths Poli & Prac
Spring 2018PAF3401Quant Meths Poli & Prac
Fall 2017PAF3401Quant Meths Poli & Prac
Fall 2017PAF3105Principles of Survey Research
Fall 2017PAF9172Research and Analysis II

Books

Valente, R., & Alves, L. The Spirit in dialectic: identity and theological tensions at the Christian Congregation in Brazil. Palgrave. In Progress.

Journal Articles

(2023). Religiosity and Misanthropy across the Racial and Ethnic Divide. Religions, 14(393).

Smith, R., & Valente, R. (2023). Colortocracies: Skin Color, Occupational Status, and Wealth in Latin America.

Okulicz-Kozaryn, A., Valente, R., & Golden, L. (2023). I Wish I Hadn’t Worked So Hard.”—Greed And Life Satisfaction. British Journal of Psychology,

Okulicz-Kozaryn, A., & Valente, R. (2022). Misanthropy: Do Cities promote misanthropy?. Cities,

Berry, B. J., Valente, R., & Okulicz-Kozaryn, A. (2022). Median Voters' Happiness Cycles in the United States along the Nation's Principal Political fault line. Applied Research in Quality of Life,

Valente, R., & Okulicz-Kozaryn, A. (2021). Religiosity and Trust: Evidence from the United States. Review of religious research, 63. 343-379.

Okulicz-Kozaryn, A., Valente, R., & Golden, L. (2021). Unhappiness is Unpredictability. Social Indicators Review,

Okulicz-Kozaryn, A., & Valente, R. (2021). Urban unhappiness is common. Cities,

Berry, B. J., Okulicz-Kozaryn, A., & Valente, R. (2020). An Intensifying Urban–Rural Schism in U.S. Women’s Preference for Governmental Solutions to Social Problems. The Professional Geographer, 72(3). 348-359.

Valente, R., & Berry, B. J. (2020). Residential Segregation by Skin Color: Brazil Revisited . Latin American Research Review, 55(2). 1-20.

Valente, R. (2020). Measuring Race in Brazil - Does Skin Tone Matter?. Latin America Research Review,

Okulicz-Kozaryn, A., & Valente, R. (2020). The Perennial Dissatisfaction of Urban Upbringing. Cities, 104.

Okulicz-Kozaryn, A., & Valente, R. (2019). Livability and Subjective Well-being Across European Cities. Applied Research in Quality of Life, 14(1). 197-220.

Okulicz-Kozaryn, A., & Valente, R. (2019). No Urban Malaise for Millennials. Regional Studies, 53(2). 195-205.

Okulicz-Kozaryn, A., & Valente, R. (2018). Life Satisfaction of Career Women and Housewives. Applied Research in Quality of Life, 13(3). 603-632.

Valente, R., & Holmes, J. S. (2017). Vamos Para Rua! - Taking to the Streets. Brasiliana - Journal for Brazilian Studies, 5(2). 281-306.

Valente, R. (2017). The Vicious Circle: Effects of Race and Class on University Entrance in Brazil. Race Ethnicity and Education, 20(6). 851-864.

Valente, R., & Berry, B. J. (2017). Performance of Students Admitted through Affirmative Action in Brazil. Latin American Research Review, 52(1). 18-34.

Valente, R., & Berry, B. J. (2016). Effects of Perceived Discrimination on the School Satisfaction of Brazilian High School Graduates. Brasiliana - Journal for Brazilian Studies, 5(1).

Valente, R., & Berry, B. J. (2016). Acculturation of Immigrant Latinos into the U.S. Workplace: Evidence from the Working Hours-Life Satisfaction Relationship. Applied Research in Quality of Life, 12(2). 451-479.

Valente, R. (2016). The Impact of Race and Social Economic Status on University Admission at the University of Sao Paulo. Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies Journal, 11(2). 95-118.

Valente, R., & Berry, B. J. (2016). Working Hours and Life Satisfaction: A cross-cultural comparison of Latin America and the United States. Journal of Happiness Studies, 17(3). 1173-1204.

Valente, R., & Berry, B. J. (2016). Dissatisfaction with city life? Latin America revisited. Cities - The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning, 50. 62-67.

Valente, R., & Berry, B. J. (2015). Countering Inequality: Brazil's Movimento Sem-Terra. Geographical Review, 105(3). 1-20.

Valente, R. (2015). From Inception to Present: The Diminishing Role of Women in the Congregacao Crista no Brasil. PNEUMA - The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, 37(1).

Valente, R. (2015). Institutional Explanations for the Decline of the Congregacao Crista no Brasil. PentecoStudies: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Research on the Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements, 14(1).

Religiosity and Life Satisfaction in Latin America and the Caribbean. In Progress.

The Pursuit of Happiness: Afro-descendants' subjective well being in Latin America. In Progress.

Subjective Well-being and Urbanization in Egypt . Cities,

Book Chapters

Valente, R., Okulicz-Kozaryn, A., & Magdy-Zaki, E. (2022). Religion and Trust. In Zimmermann, K. F. (Ed.), Handbook of Labor, Human Resources and Population Economics Springer Nature Switzerland.

Okulicz-Kozaryn, A., & Valente, R. (2018). City Life: Glorification, Desire, and the Unconscious Size Fetish. In Kapoor, I. (Ed.), Psychoanalysis and the Global University of Nebraska Press.

Media Contributions

Valente, R. Pesquisa busca traçar o perfil da comunidade brasileira nos EUA, AcheiUSA.

Valente, R., & Heringer, R. (2023). The promotion of Racial Equality in Higher Education: Challenges for Lula's Administration.

Valente, R. R. (2022). Reflection on Affirmative Action Policy in Higher Education.

(2021). Baptist Standard.

(2021). Religion News Service (RNS).

(2021). Church leaders.

(2021). Art in Real Life.

(2020). O Globo.

(2018). El Tiempo.

(2018). Professional Builder.

(2018). CityLab.

(2018). Inman News.

(2018). The Guardian.

(2015). Religion Watch Archives.

(2015). Brian Lehrer TV - Public Intellectual Segment CUNY TV.

(2013). Daily Toreador - Texas Tech.

Presentations

Valente, R., & Okulicz-Kozaryn, A. (2024, August 21). The Impact of COVID on the Urban-Rural Happiness Gradient. 21st International Society for Quality of Life Studies Conference (ISQOLS). Rotterdam, Netherlands

Valente, R. (2024, August 21). Religiosity and Life Satisfaction in Latin America. 21st International Society for Quality of Life Studies Conference (ISQOLS). Rotterdam, Netherlands

Valente, R. (2024, April 21). Urban Misanthropy. Urban Affairs Association.

Valente, R., & Okulicz-Kozaryn, A. (2024, August 21). The impact of COVID on the Urban-Rural Happiness Gradient. 62nd European Regional Science Association (ERSA). Alicante, Spain

Valente, R., & Okulicz-Kozaryn, A. (2021, August 23). Do Cities Promote Distrust and Dislike for Humankind?. International Society for Quality of Life Studies. Virtual Conference

Valente, R., & Okulicz-Kozaryn, A. (2021, August 27). The Urban-rural Happiness Gradient Across Countries. International Society for Quality of Life Studies. Virtual Conference

Valente, R., Okulicz-Kozaryn, A., & Golden, L. (2021, August 26). The top regrets of the dying: I wish I hadn't worked so hard (Greed is good for the Economy, but not for Human Wellbeing). International Society for Quality of Life Studies. Virtual

Valente, R. (2020, March 26). Does Skin tone Matter? The Price of Pigmentation. Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA). Austin, Texas

Valente, R., & Okulicz-Kozaryn, A. (2020, April 2). Urban Misanthropy. Urban Affairs Association. Washington, D.C.

Valente, R. (2020, May 13). Does skin tone matter? Measuring Race in Brazil. Latin American Studies Association. Guadalajara, Mexico

Valente, R., & Okulicz-Kozaryn, A. (2019, April 30). City Life and Millennials. Urban Affairs Association.

Valente, R., & Okulicz-Kozaryn, A. (2019, October 20). Urban Misanthropy: Cities and the Dislike of Humankind. New York, NY: Trans Atlantic Dialogue (TAD).

Valente, R. (2019, June 24). Responding to "Undocumented Storytellers". Book Launch. Columbia University: Columbia Center for Oral History Research’s 2019 Summer Institute, “From the Margins to the Center: Narrating the Politics of Our Time,” co-sponsored by Columbia Journalism School and The American Assembly..

Valente, R. (2019, May 31). Urban Segregation and Urban inequality. Latin American Studies Association.

Valente, R., & Okulicz-Kozaryn, A. (2018, March 31). Growing up in a city will make you unhappy for the rest of your life. International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies Conference.

Valente, R. (2018, April 30). Residential Segregation by Skin Color- Brazil Revisited. Annual Midwest Political Science Association.

Valente, R. (2018, July 31). Measuring Race in Brazil Negro, Mulato, Moreno—Does Skin Tone Matter?. Brazilian Studies Association. Brazil, Rio de Janeiro: BRASA.

Valente, R., & Okulicz-Kozaryn, A. (2018, March 31). No urban Malaise for Millennials. International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies Conference.

Valente, R. (2017, January 31). Afro-Descendants and the Pursuit of Happiness. 88th Annual Meeting. : Southern Political Science Association (SPSA).

Valente, R. (2017, March 31). Afro-Descendants and the Pursuit of Happiness. 48th Annual Meeting. : National Conference of Black Political Scientists (NCOBPS).

Valente, R. (2017, March 31). Changing Tides - A Historical Account of the Role of Women in the Christian Congregation in Brazil (Congregacao Crista no Brasil - CCB). 45th Annual Meeting. : Society for Pentecostal Studies (SPS).

Valente, R. (2017, October 31). City Life and Millennials: Urban Malaise Re-examined.. Healthy Cities Conference. Baruch College: Baruch College.

Valente, R. (2017, April 30). The Pursuit of Happiness: Afro-descendants' subjective well being in Latin America. : American Association of Geographers (AAG).

Valente, R. (2016, March 31). The Diminishing Role of Women in the Congregacao Crista no Brasil (CCB). 45th Annual Meeting. : Society for Pentecostal Studies (SPS).

Valente, R. (2016, March 4). An Introduction to Research and Survey Design. : Miami University.

Valente, R. (2016, March 31). The Fallacy of Under-performing Affrmative Action Students: Evidence from Brazil. 2016 Congress - Brown University. : Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA).

Valente, R. (2016, February 24). Race and Educational Accessibility in Brazil: From Racial Democracy to Affirmative Action. : University of North Carolina Charlotte.

Valente, R. (2016, March 4). Race and Educational Accessibility in Brazil: From Racial Democracy to Affirmative Action. : Miami University.

Valente, R. (2015, April 30). Racial Discrimination and University Entrance in Brazil. 73rd Annual Meeting. : Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA).

Valente, R. (2015, March 31). A Century of Change in the Congregacao Crista no Brasil. 44th Annual Meeting. : Society for Pentecostal Studies (SPS).

Valente, R. (2015, February 6). Teaching Your First College Class. The EPPS Professional Development Workshop. : The University of Texas at Dallas.

Valente, R. (2015, January 31). Performance of Students Admitted Through Affirmative Action Policies in Brazil. 86th Annual Meeting. : Southern Political Science Association (SPSA).

Valente, R. (2015, May 7). Working Hours and Life Satisfaction: A cross-cultural comparison of Latin America and the United States. Brian Lehrer TV - Public Intellectual Segment CUNY TV.

Valente, R. (2015, May 31). Vamos para Rua! Taking to the Streets! Protests in Brazil. XXXIII International Congress. : Latin American Studies Association (LASA).

Valente, R. (2015, October 6). Call Me Latino. UT Dallas Hispanic Heritage Month. : The University of Texas at Dallas.

Valente, R. (2015, October 31). Working Hours and Life Satisfaction: A cross-cultural comparison of Latin America and the United States. : International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies Conference (ISQOLS).

Valente, R. (2015, October 31). Effects of Perceived Discrimination on School Satisfaction in Brazil. : International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies Conference (ISQOLS).

Valente, R. (2015, October 31). Acculturation or Value Difference? Working Hours and Life Satisfaction among Latinos in the United States. : International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies Conference (ISQOLS).

Valente, R. (2013, April 30). The Puzzle of the Americas: A Weeklong Journey into the Complexity of U.S.- Latin America Relations. Human Rights Panel. : Texas Tech University.

Other Scholarly Works

Valente, R., & Gooren, H. (2019). Pentecostalism in Latin America. Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions (Section Editor).

Valente, R. (2018). Congregação Cristã no Brasil. Encyclopedia of Latin American Studies. 1320-327.

Valente, R. (2018). The Twelve Articles of Faith. Encyclopedia of Latin American Studies. 1113-115.

Valente, R., & Mitchell-Walthour, G. Survey of the Attitudes of Brazilians living in the United States.

In Progress.

Reviews

Valente, R. (2019,November 1). The Practitioner's Bookshelf: New Books on Undocumented Storytellers in the United States and on the Crime of Aggression in International Law. Journal of Human Rights Practice.

TitleFunding Agency SponsorStart DateEnd DateAwarded DateTotal FundingStatus
The Urban-Rural Happiness Gradient Across CountriesPSC CUNY 5207/01/202106/30/202304/15/20213499.45Completed
Does skin tone matter? Measuring race in BarzilPSC-CUNY 5007/01/201912/31/202204/13/20195999Completed
Honor / AwardOrganization SponsorDate ReceivedDescription
Dean's Research Award2024-06-21
Washington Brazil Office FellowWBO2022-01-01
Dean's Summer Research Stipend AwardMarxe School of Public and International Affairs2022
PSC CUNY Grant AwardCUNY Research Foundation2021
Dean's Summer Research Stipend AwardMarxe School of Public and International Affairs2021
Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching Baruch College2021Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching
Faculty Fellowship Publication ProgramCUNY 2020
Stewart Travel AwardCUNY Academy for the Humanities and Sciences2019
PSC-CUNY Research Award Program2019
Dean's Summer Research Stipend AwardMarxe School of Public and International Affairs2019
Summer Course for Research Design National Science Foundation (NSF)2017Summer Course on Grantwriting in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences.
EPPS Outstanding Teaching Comet AwardThe University of Texas at Dallas2015
Mentor - UTD Undergraduate Research AwardThe University of Texas at Dallas2014
EPPS Outstanding Teaching Comet AwardThe University of Texas at Dallas2014
Artinian Travel AwardSouthern Political Science Association2014
EPPS Outstanding Teaching Comet AwardThe University of Texas at Dallas2013
Pan American ScholarshipThe University of Texas at Dallas2012
The Provost TA ScholarshipThe University of Texas at Dallas2011
Good Neighbor Scholarship ProgramThe University of Texas at Dallas2010
Honor Transfer ScholarshipSMU2005
John Stipes Motivational ScholarshipIrving Schools Foundation2003
Rising Star ScholarshipNorth Lake College2003

College

Committee NamePosition RoleStart DateEnd Date
Honors Program Admission CommitteeCommittee MemberPresent
College Committee on the Undergraduate Honors ProgramCommittee MemberPresent
Executive CommitteeCommittee MemberPresent
Co-Director for the Quantitative Methods For Policy and Equity Analysis Certificate ProgramCo-DirectorPresent
Presidential Excellence Teaching AwardCommittee MemberPresent
Executive CommitteeCommittee MemberPresent
Certificate in Quantitative Methods for Policy and Equity AnalysisCo-DirectorPresent
Search Committee Committee MemberPresent
College Committee on the Undergraduate Honors ProgramCommittee MemberPresent
Presidential Excellence Teaching AwardCommittee MemberPresent
Search CommitteeCommittee Member6/30/2021
Online BSPA Program Course Designer4/30/2021
Faculty Supervisor10/14/2018

Professional

OrganizationPosition RoleOrganization StateOrganization CountryStart DateEnd DateAudience
BRASA - Brazil Initiation Scholarship CommitteeMember1/1/2016PresentInternational
Center for U.S. Latin American Initiatives (CUSLAI)Session Chair1/1/2015PresentNational
Reviewer for journal article submissions: Regional Studies, Journal of Happiness Studies, Applied Research in Quality of Life, Race and Social Problems, PLOS One, Journal of Human Security, Harvard Undergraduate Research Journal, Social Science Research, Sociological Forum, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Dados: Revista de Ciencias Sociais, Journal of Economic Surveys, Third World Quarterly. . Reviewer, Journal Article1/1/2014PresentInternational
Faculty advisor for UTD IGNITE Student Association ChapterAdvisor1/1/2013PresentLocal
Facilitator for the Teaching Effectiveness Workshop for Instructors Serving First-Generation CollegeStudents at the Urban Affairs AssociationFacilitatorNew YorkUnited States9/26/2023PresentInternational
BRASA Executive CommitteeMember1/1/2018PresentInternational
BRASA Program CommitteeMember1/2/2023PresentInternational
BRASA Program CommitteeMember1/1/2018PresentInternational
Facilitator for the Teaching Effectiveness Workshop for Instructors Serving First-Generation CollegeStudents at the Urban Affairs AssociationFacilitatorTennesseeUnited States1/1/20234/26/2023International
Facilitator for the Teaching Effectiveness Workshop for Instructors Serving First-Generation CollegeStudents at the Urban Affairs AssociationFacilitatorCaliforniaUnited States1/6/20203/31/2020International
Facilitator for the Teaching Effectiveness Workshop for Instructors Serving First-Generation CollegeStudents at the Urban Affairs AssociationFacilitatorCalifornia4/24/2019
Undergraduate Faculty Mentor1/1/201412/31/2015
Undergraduate Faculty Mentor1/1/201512/31/2015
Organized event: "Stop Human Trafficking"Program Organizer11/4/201511/4/2015
Organized event: "Paraguay: Emerging in the Heart of South America"Program Organizer4/9/20154/9/2015
Organized event: "Stop Human Trafficking"Program Organizer11/5/201411/5/2014