On this page, you will find BMI faculty members and affiliated scholars from other departments and institutions. BMI provides the scholarly community for developing research can can advance our understanding of how enforcement impacts broader communities.

Raquel Rubio Goldsmith 


Raquel Rubio-Goldsmith is founder of the Binational Migration Institute. Her expertise is in research and teaching on Mexican-American women's history, human rights, and immigration issues. A native of Douglas, Arizona, Rubio-Goldsmith completed undergraduate and graduate degrees in Law and Philosophy at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She has taught at Pima Community College since 1969 and, since 1983, at the University of Arizona, where her primary focus has been the history of Mexicanas and Chicanas. She has taught courses on Mexican and Latin American history as well as developed curricula on Afro-American, Yaqui and Tohono O'odham histories. Rubio-Goldsmith has won numerous awards for teaching excellence. She has presented papers on Mexican women on the U.S.-Mexico border, a subject she has studied for many years, before national and international conferences, and published the results of her research in several scholarly articles. Rubio-Goldsmith is currently researching for a book on women who fled the Mexican Revolution to take refuge in Southeastern Arizona. Students and colleagues know her as a community activist devoted to immigration rights, women's rights, and civil rights in general. As a member of several community boards and as a public speaker she constantly presents a Chicana perspective. Since 1994 she has been active in providing information on the Zapatista Revolution in Mexico through Pueblo Por La Paz in Tucson, and the National Commission for Democracy in Mexic

Dept. of Mexican American Studies
César E. Chávez Building #207-C
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721
Office Phone: 520 626-4987


Anna Ochoa O'Leary


Dr. Anna Ochoa O'Leary, an associate professor,  is also head of the Mexcian American Studies department at the University of Arizona.  She  doctoral research in Anthropology, "Investment in Female Education as an Economic Strategy among U.S.-Mexican Households in Nogales, Arizona," was supported by NSF funding. Since 2002, she has taught a range of classes on Mexican American culture and contemporary issues related to U.S. Latinos. A Chicano Studies textbook based on her teaching Overview of Mexican American Studies (MAS 265) was published in 2007 by Kendall Hunt Publishing. She is also a 2006-2007 Fulbright Scholar. Her current research and teaching interests continue to focus on the education, culture and urban politics of Mexican/U.S.-Mexican populations, immigration, and gender issues. She is currently editing a two volume encyclopedia on the Experiences of Undocumented Immigrants in the U.S., and a volume on Border Research Methdology and Ethics. Dr. O'Leary's homepage can be found at: http://oleary.web.arizona.edu/


Dept. of Mexican AmericanStudies
César E. Chávez Building #208-C
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721
Office Phone: 520-626-8134