Students & Alumni

Daniel E. Martínez, Affiliated Alumni

Daniel E. Martínez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at The George Washington University in Washington D.C. and an affiliate of the Binational Migration Institute.  He has conducted extensive research on migrant deaths in southern Arizona and is one of the co-principal investigators of the Migrant Border Crosser Study (MBCS), a multi-institution binational project that explores the crossing experiences of undocumented migrants along the U.S.-México border.  Martínez holds a MS in Mexican American Studies, a MA in Sociology, and a PhD in Sociology, all from the University of Arizona.  Email:


Sofia Gomez, MPA, Research Assistant

Sofía Gómez has over 15 years of program management and administration at nonprofit, government and academic levels. Ms. Gómez obtained her Master’s in Public Administration with a specialty in Nonprofit Management from the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University.  She has additional management & leadership training, which includes Arizona State University W.P. Carey School of Business’ Accelerated Leadership Development Program.  In 2008, she obtained Pro-Neighborhood’s Community Organizing certificate. Ms. Gomez is currently in the DrPH program with a focus on Policy & Management at the Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona and works for the Arizona Prevention Research Center (AzPRC).  AzPRC is one of 37 Prevention Research Centers funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designed to foster collaboration between academic, community, and public health partners. Email:


Gabriella Soto, Research Assistant

Gabriella Soto is a PhD student studying applied approaches to contemporary material culture, using geographic information technology and archaeological methods. Her doctoral dissertation research focuses on the material culture of contemporary undocumented migration at the U.S.-Mexico border, where along travel corridors, migrants leave behind various ephemeral materials which aid their physical and emotional survival. Largely conceptualized as trash, these belongings can be considered heritage and their study an approach to the archaeology of transient and clandestine populations. Gabriella has an MA from the University of Bristol in the field of Twentieth Century Conflict Archaeology. She has conducted fieldwork in Mesoamerica and the American Southwest, as well as in the United Kingdom and along the Western Front in northeastern France.


Luis Eduardo Torrens, MPH

Luis Eduardo Torrens is a MPH graduate from the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College, with a concentration in Health Policy & Management.  His Public Health experience has focused on working in areas where there is great need for public health interventions – especially with projects focused on the Latino Community in marginalized areas. This entailed running an obesity study—HOME  (Housing as a Mediating Environment)—which tried to further understand what factors are leading to the high rates of obesity in The Bronx, NY within the Latino community; organizing an HIV rapid testing event in Brooklyn, NY to bring awareness about individuals HIV status;  working as a fellow at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) at the Health Resource and Service Administration (HRSA) with the federally qualified health centers where he assisted with the training and technical assistance that the office provided to the centers, to increase their clinical performances.  With the Binantional Migration Institute Luis, worked on the Protocol Development for the Standardization of Identification and Processing of UBS bodies along the U.S.-Mexico Border, as a research assistant.