Luis Vila-Henninger

About Luis Vila-Henninger

Luis Antonio Vila-Henninger is a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Arizona and is completing his dissertation.  Luis' dissertation and subsequent research draws on semi-structured interviews with 120 respondents about real ballot measures that span four domains of economic policy: narcotics decriminalization and medicalization, education funding, immigration and labor market inclusion, and consumer protection. His research examines how voters draw upon partisan and economic values to reason about their voting choices, and how this reasoning varies according to respondent economic stratification and partisan affiliation.  Luis has a graduate minor in cognitive science and is also committed to interdisciplinary research on political and economic reasoning.  

Areas of Study

Economic Sociology, Sociology of Culture, Sociological Theory, Political Sociology, Culture and Cognition, Criminology, Deviance, and Immigration




Research Interests

Voter Reasoning, Direct Democracy, Moral Economy, Culture and Cognition, Economic Inequality, Partisanship, Neoliberalism, Narcotics Medicalization and Decriminalization, and Nativism.

Selected Publications

Vila-Henninger, Luis Antonio.  Forthcoming.  “The Moral Economies of Self-Interest: The Popular Confluence of Norms of Self-Interest and Norms of Solidarity.”  Sociological Perspectives. 

Vila-Henninger, Luis Antonio.  Forthcoming.  "Understanding Symbolic Boundaries and Improving Quantitative Analysis of Social Exclusion by Improving the Operationalization of Boundary Work."  Sociology Compass.    

Vila-Henninger, Luis Antonio. 2015. “Toward Defining the Causal Role of Consciousness: Using Models of Memory and Moral Judgment from Cognitive Neuroscience to Expand the Sociological Dual-Process Model.” Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 45 (2): 238-60.

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Contact Information

Luis Vila-Henninger
Doctoral Candidate
Telephone: (520) 621-1504
Fax: (520) 621.9875
Office: Social Sciences 416a
Office Hours: By appointment

Dissertation Title

Direct Democracy in America: How Voters Reason About Economic Policy

Courses Taught


Culture and Society (Fall 2016)

Work and Society (Spring 2015)

Sociology of Popular Culture (Fall 2012-Spring 2013 in-person, Summer 2013, Summer 2014, Summer 2015, Summer 2016 Online)

Introduction to Sociology (Fall 2013 in-person, Summer 2011-Spring 2012, Spring 2014 Online, Fall 2014)

Teaching Assistant:

CHS 305: Suffering and Care in Society (Spring 2017)

CHS 350: Environment, Health, and Society (Spring 2017)

Introduction to Social Statistics (2015-2016, Suzanne Delaney)

Sociology of Terrorism (2009-2011, Albert Bergesen)