People

BMI Directors

Raquel Rubio Goldsmith Raquel Rubio-Goldsmith
Co-Director, Binational Migration Institute
Email Address
rrg@email.arizona.edu
Telephone Number
Office
César E. Chávez Building #207-C

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Anna Ochoa O'Leary Anna Ochoa O'Leary
Co-Director, Binational Migration Institute
Email Address
olearya@email.arizona.edu
Telephone Number
Office
César E. Chávez Building #208-C

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Affiliated Faculty and Community Groups

Executive Program Director of the Southwest FolklifeAlliance

She currently serves as Executive Program Director of the Southwest FolklifeAlliance. She teaches courses on methods of cultural analysis, with particular emphasis on objects, oral narratives, food ways, and visual cultures of the US-Mexico border. Currently, she is completing two book manuscripts for theUniversity of Arizona Press, one on the verbal arts and lore of workers in theMexican Curios cottage industry at the US-Mexico border, and another on the cultural history of wheat and flour mills in the state of Sonora in northern Mexico.

Director of the Arizona Prevention ResearchCenter (AzPRC)

Scott C. Carvajal, PhD, MPH, is the Director of the Arizona Prevention ResearchCenter (AzPRC). His principal research (funded by NIDA, NIAAA & currentlyNICHD & CDC) has focused on understanding a range of health behaviors that convey risk or protection (e.g., substance abuse, sexual risk taking, healthy food choice, physical activity) and mental health outcomes (e.g., bicultural stressors,depressive symptoms, coping strategies), with a major emphasis on testing social ecological models within minority populations.

Assistant Director, Latin American Studies Center

In his current role at the University of Arizona, Colin helps run the day-to-day operations at the Latin American Studies Center and teaches several classes on contemporary issues in Latin America (LAS 195A An Introduction to the US-Mexico Border and LAS 354 Drugs & Violence in Mexico).  He is the co-editor of the Uncharted Terrains: New Directions in Border Research Methodology, Ethics& Practice and the article "The Social and Economic Costs of Trumps BorderWall" in the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), Centro de Investigaciones Sobre America del Norte (CISAN).

Associate Dean for Community Programs at theUniversity of Arizona

Jill Guernsey de Zapien, Associate Dean for Community Programs at theUniversity of Arizona, has worked over 20 years on community-based public health interventions and research in the Southwest. She collaborated to establish the first lay health educator (Promotora) outreach program in Arizona.She is the co-author with Colegio de Sonora colleagues of Working BeyondBorder: A Handbook for Trans-border Projects in Health.

Dr. Carlos Durand Alcántara received the Agrarianism Andrés Molina Enríquez, in the category of teaching and research for their contributions in that In Mexico and the impetus for to link the Department of Law of the Autonomous University Metropolitan (UAM) with the peasant and social problems.
 

Visiting Scholar, Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Arizona

Manuel Escobedo Conover collaborated with the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Arizona as a visiting scholar, where he carried out research in Legal Sociology of Mexican Migration to the United States. Today he s a member of the Advisory Board of the Binational Institute of Migration at the Center for American Mexican Studies at the University of Arizona. He is also President of the National Association of Insurers of Mexico.

Professor of Mexican American Studies and Public Health

Antonio "Tony" Estrada is a Professor of Mexican American Studies and Public Health, and has been with the MAS department since 1991. He is the principal investigator for a NIDA funded study on the U.S.-Mexico border, targetingMexican-origin drug injectors for HIV/AIDS risk reduction (Por Nosotros).

Emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Arizona

Fernández is an emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Arizona. He teaches courses and conducts research on various topics pertaining to culture, Mexican immigration, ethnic diversity and higher education. Fernández has also held multiple administration roles, including acting as a Vice President forUndergraduate Academic Affairs for 15 years and as a Vice President forAcademic Outreach and International Affairs. Fernández has published approximately 50 articles and book chapters and has composed 50 corridos (ballads); several of which have been recorded and performed in the U.S. and Mexico.

Assistant professor of sociology at Stockton University in Galloway, New Jersey

Jessie K. Finch is an assistant professor of sociology at Stockton University in Galloway, New Jersey. She specializes in the study of race and ethnicity, the criminalization of immigration, identity conflict, social psychology, and Latino/a health disparities.

Associate Professor of Sociology at Texas A&M University

Goldsmith is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Texas A&M University and Director of the Latino Program.  His research interests include race and ethnicity, sociology of education and the US/Mexico Border.  Since 2004together with other BMI researchers he has mentored students, prepared presentations and joined reading groups on the impact border immigration policy has on communities.  Currently he is participating in a national study on immigrant detention and conditions in detention facilities. 

Graduate from the DrPH program with a focus on Policy & Management

Ms. Gomez is a graduate from the DrPH program with a focus on Policy & Management at the Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at theUniversity of Arizona and works for the Arizona Prevention Research Center (AzPRC).  AzPRC is one of 37 Prevention Research Centers funded by theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention designed to foster collaboration between academic, community, and public health partners.

Bachelor, Master and Doctor in Economics by the UNAM

Bachelor, Master and Doctor in Economics by the UNAM, with honorable mention. He was the founder of FECA Mazatlán, of the Master's in RegionalHistory and Faculty of History, responsible for the development and implementation projects of: Master's in US and Canadian Studies, bachelor's degree in international studies, Faculty of International and Political Studies Ph.D.in North American Studies, Mobility Consortium in North America; Founder-leader of CA Internacionales consolidated.

Maurice (Mauricio) Rafael Magaña is a sociocultural anthropologist whose research focuses on the cultural politics of youth organizing, transnational migration, urban space, and social movements in Mexico and the United States.Specifically, Dr. Magaña’s work examines how youth construct themselves as political actors in relation to multiple communities across time and space. His research aims to provide a transnational perspective on historic marginalization,racialization, youth political culture and the role of art in activism.

Co-principal investigator of the Migrant Border Crossing Study

Since 2005 as a masters student he has participated in BMI research projects, particularly as co-author in first reports on migrant deaths on the Arizona desert, topic he continues to investigate.  Now as an assistant professor in the department of sociology at the University of Arizona, he is a co principal investigator of the Migrant Border Crossing Study, a Ford Foundation–funded research project that involves interviewing recently deported unauthorized migrants about their experiences crossing the U.S.- Mexico border and residing in the United States. 

Araceli received her PHD in border studies from the University of Arizona.  She is currently associate professor and coordinator of Latin/o American Studies at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois as well as associate editor of the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies.  In 2015 Palgrave-Macmillan published her book “Ecuadorians in Madrid: Migrants’ Place in Urban History”. In the Quad Cities she is co-founder of the Palomares Social Justice Center, a grassroots organization that works with residents of Mexican origin in the area.

Montoya holds a PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Guadalajara. She was an assistant to the first International Colloquium "Migration andDevelopment: Transnationalism and New Perspectives of Integration" and an assistant to the conference "Immigration phenomenon in the United States",Faculty of History, Autonomous University of Sinaloa, June 1999.

 

Nuñez Noriega works as a researcher of gender studies and sexual health in the Department of Human Development and Social Welfare at the Centro de Investigacion en Alimentacion y Desarrollo in Sonora, Mexico. He is the author of five books on male identity and sexuality and widely recognized as one of the foremost experts in gender studies in Latin America. 

Mary Romero is Professor of Justice Studies and Social Inquiry at Arizona State University and Affiliate of Women and Gender Studies, Asian Pacific American Studies and African and African American Studies. Her research focuses on the unequal distribution of reproductive labor as a paid commodity and its role in reproducing inequality among families within countries and between nations.  Her research also includes writings on social inequalities and justice that incorporate the intersectionality of race, class, gender, and citizenship and links the parallels between domestic gendered race relations and immigration and identifies the continuum between racism against citizens and racism against non-citizens.

Associate dean and professor at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

Cecilia Rosales, MD, MS, is associate dean and professor at the University of
Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health -- Phoenix and a native Tucsonan. Dr. Rosales is currently collaborating with El Colegio de Sonora and the Secretaria de Salud de Sonora on a National Institutes of Health RO1grant titled, Tools and practices to decrease cardiovascular disease and complications in the diabetic population of Mexico.

Dr. Ana Luz Ruelas Monjardín has presented at more than 60 congresses, seminars and panels related to topics on telecommunications. The first book authored by Dr.Ana Luz Ruelas Monjardín was on telecommunications regulation, published in1996 by UNAM and UAS. This is the first book that the University of Texas posted on the Internet page and cited for years in their telephone surveys. Ana Luz Ruelas Monjardín also published two books on the cell phone and two more on telecommunications, the latest on public spaces and Internet uses.

Program Director for Trans-border Initiatives (2007-2014)

Dr. Sabo served as the Program Director for Trans-border Initiatives (2007-2014),where she cultivated academic and institutional partnerships to facilitate applied public health research and public health workforce development in the border region, including Mexico. For over a decade, Dr. Sabo has examined the social and political context of chronic disease, maternal and child health and the role of grassroots advocacy among immigrant and migrating communities,including Latino im/migrants of the US-Mexico borderlands.

PhD student

Gabriella Soto is a a doctoral candidate in anthropology who studies 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.

Lecturer at the School of Professional Studies in Acatlán (UNAM) and lecturer at the Technological Institute of Advanced Studies in Monterrey

She has been a lecturer at the School of Professional Studies in Acatlán (UNAM) and lecturer at the Technological Institute of Advanced Studies in Monterrey, State of Mexico. In addition, she has published about 80 specialized articles, 18 chapters in books, coordinated six books, and written two as an individual author: Hospitals and society in sixteenth-century Mexico City, and Sexuality and norm about the forbidden. 

Dr. Michelle Téllez, a scholar trained in Community Studies, Sociology, Chicana/o Studies and Education, writes about identity, transnational community formation, cross-border labor organizing, gendered migration,autonomy and resistance along the U.S./Mexico border. Dr. Téllez has published in several book anthologies, and in journals such as Gender & Society, FeministFormations, Aztlán, Chicana/Latina Studies, Violence Against Women and theThe Feminist Wire. She also uses public performance and visual media to engage and share these stories, her most recent video Workers on the Rise (2012) documents labor struggles in Maricopa county, AZ.

Researcher

Valdez Gardea research themes focus on institutions and mobility in transboundary regions and globalization. Her areas of interest include frontier studies, international migration and actors of globalization.  Since 2007 she has partnered with BMI in the organization of bi-annual conferences on migration and children.

Valenzuela’s expertise include capacity building, farmer organizations, gender, impact evaluation, NGOs, Research-extension linkages and technology transfer.She has a PHD in Law with a focus on law and immigration awarded by the Universidad Autonoma de Veracruz where she continued research on the impact of immigration policy enforcement.  Her research focuses on MigrantHuman Rights on the U.S./Mexico border.

Ph.D. program in Social Sciences of the Autonomous University of Sinaloa

Blas Valenzuela holds a doctorate in the Ph.D. program in Social Sciences of the Autonomous University of Sinaloa, Honorable Mention with the thesis theme:" Ethnicity and risk: Señora restaurant entrepreneurs in" South Central "Los Angeles .  His research on migrants from Sinaloa residing in Phoenix, Arizona provides unequaled data and analysis on immigrant integration, mixed family immigrant units and economic development.   

Researcher

Dr. Scott Whiteford has been carrying out research in Latin America that integrates issues in economic development, political ecology, environmentalism,migration, social movements and power. His most recent research has been collaborative with colleagues from Argentina, Mexico, and the U.S./Mexico border. Previous research has been in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Colombia, andbEcuador.