Anna Ochoa O’Leary, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and the Head of Mexican American Studies. She also Co-directs the Binational Migration Institute at the University of Arizona. She received her doctorate in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Arizona. Her dissertation research, supported by a National Science Foundation dissertation improvement award, examined how Mexican-origin households invested in the education of its members, and women in particular. Dr. O’Leary’s current research focuses on immigration policy, the U.S.-Mexico border, gender issues, and the culture and urban politics of Mexican American and Mexican-origin populations in the United States. As a 2006Garcia-Robles Fulbright scholar she researched repatriated migrant women and their interaction withU.S.-Border Patrol. She is editor a two-volume work, Undocumented Immigrants in the United StatesToday: An Encyclopedia of Their Experience, (2014 ABC-CLIO), and a co-edited book, UncharteredTerrain: New Directions in Border Research Method and Ethics, published in 2013 by UA Press.
Co-Director, Binational Migration Institute