BMI Directors

Raquel Rubio Goldsmith Raquel Rubio-Goldsmith
Founding Director, Binational Migration Institute
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Anna Ochoa O'Leary Anna Ochoa O'Leary
Co-Director, Binational Migration Institute
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César E. Chávez Building #208-C

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Martinez Daniel E. Martínez
Co-Director, Binational Migration Institute & Associate Professor, School of Sociology
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César E. Chávez Building #207-C

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Affiliated Faculty and Community Groups

PhD Student, Mexican American Studies

Being a farmworker has shown me how agricultural workers sell their bodies for minimal return. I have experienced the exploitation and alienation of this capitalistic society, which deeply impacts individuals like myself. Coming from a personal experience of external and internal (im)migration and currently being an active seasonal farmworker, there is a fundamental connection and lived experience that brings me to the development of my research interests. I draw upon my lived experience and as a PhD student in the Mexican American Studies Department at the UArizona. I focus on health disparities and the social determinants of health affecting migrant and seasonal farmworkers. Specifically, I examine the relationship between occupational pesticide exposure and negative health outcomes among farmworkers.  

For future research, I want to continue my work with the farm working community in the Central part of Washington State, specifically in the Yakima Valley, where I continue to migrate for the agriculture seasons. I am interested in conducting a mixed-method analysis in order to present a voice to the multiple narratives of my vulnerable community. As a scholar, it is important to transmit the stories of my people through the process of research, writing, and community practice. I would like to further explore the social determinants of health and the perpetrated unseen violence/fear centering the agricultural Latinx community.

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.

Master's Student, Latin American Studies, University of Arizona

Destina is a first-generation college student. She completed her BA in 2019 in Global Justice & Identity — a customized major that she created that combines Political Science, Justice Studies, Gender Studies, and Sociology — from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. Destina is in second-year MA student in the Department of Latin American Studies. Her master's theses examines the relationship between migration and Indigeneity. Destina is specifically interested in Maya Kaqchikel communities in Guatemala and their perspectives of migration, Mexico, and the United States.

As an undergraduate student, Destina learned to conduct fieldwork while focusing on (im)migration within the region of Latin America, specifically observing Central American-Mexican and U.S. relations. As a Ronald E. McNair Scholar at Westminster, she had the privilege of traveling to Guatemala in the summer of 2018 and spoke with various Indigenous communities across the country. She connected the conversations she had with Indigenous leaders, scholars, and former guerillas to the concepts of the Maya cosmovision and Buen Vivir. She used these concepts to connect around issues of (im)migration from Central America to the United States. Destina presented this fieldwork at several conferences locally in Utah and across the United States. Over the summer, she was awarded the Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship to learn Maya Kaqchikel and also received the Tinker Research Grant to use towards the completion of her MA.

Destina was born and raised in Ogden, Utah, and replaced the mountains with cacti here in Tucson, Arizona last year. She works as a graduate teaching assistant in her department and currently serves as the Vice President of the Latin American Studies Student Organization (LASSO).

Academic Director and Full-Time Faculty, Border Studies Program, Earlham College

Geoff Boyce (PhD) is Academic Director and one of four full-time faculty in the Earlham College Border Studies Program, an off-campus liberal arts program that uses the U.S. / Mexico border region as a critical site for unpacking contemporary global realities. Dr. Boyce's research and publications attend to the transnational dimensions of immigration and border policing, and their uneven dissemination of human vulnerability across scale.

PhD Student, Family Studies and Human Development

Elia Hilda Bueno was born and raised in the border town of Laredo, Texas. Elia graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas State University. She developed an interest in the inequities among the Latino population through her honors thesis, which focused on the predictors of teen pregnancy rates among Latinas in the border. After gaining two years of work experience in a mental health and drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in the Rio Grande Valley, she went on to pursue her Master of Arts in Psychological Research at Texas State University. Her master’s thesis focused on behaviors and feelings toward Mexican immigrants, which examined prejudice, attitudes towards Hispanics, two of the Big Five 5 personality traits (i.e., openness and agreeableness), and acculturation. Afterwards, she decided to work for two years as an elementary school teacher in inner city San Antonio, TX, which served an underserved Latino population. As a result, she developed a passion and interest for reducing the achievement gap among Latinos. As a first-generation college student and the daughter of Mexican immigrants, Elia believes in the development of programs that can empower the Latino community.

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.

Associate Campus Colleague, Geography, Development & Environment, University of Arizona

Sam Chambers (PhD) is an associate campus colleague with the University of Arizona’s School of Geography, Development & Environment. Dr. Chambers’ research focuses on the spatiotemporal patterns of border crosser mortalities and bodily responses to extreme environments. He integrates physical geography, human physiology, and mathematical models in his work to better understand the mechanisms of border militarization.

Director, SBS Mexico Initiatives & Adjunct Professor, Department of History

Luis E. Coronado Guel is the Director of SBS Mexico Initiatives and Adjunct Professor in the Department of History at the University of Arizona. He holds a doctorate in Latin American History. He received bachelor’s degree in law from the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí and a master’s degree in history from El Colegio de San Luis. His research interests include the cultural and intellectual history of nineteenth and twentieth century Mexico, specifically, its nation-state building processes by analyzing patriotic celebrations and public rituals. He is also interested in the history of mass media and technology's development in Mexico as a result of 1910 Cultural Revolution. His first book, La Alameda Potosina ante la llegada del ferrocarril (2009, 2015) is an intellectual and cultural history on the impact the railway had in the region of San Luis Potosí. Coronado’s teaching experience includes a variety of survey, upper-level, and graduate courses in Mexico and the United States in the fields of history, law, Mexican American Studies, and Latin American Studies, both in English and Spanish. Besides cultural and intellectual history, he has worked extensively on themes related to law and society combined with a focus on culture and historical preservation. His research interests also include the cultural dimensions of transnational migration and interdisciplinary approaches to the concept of border. He has published articles, books and book chapters in Spanish related to Mexican history, law, historiography, legal philosophy, film studies, and cultural heritage. His current research and public scholarship focus on the shared popular culture and heritages between Mexico and the U.S.A.


Selected Publications

Coronado Guel, Luis Edgardo, La Alameda potosina ante la llegada del ferrocarril. Espacio, poder e institucionalización de la ciudadanía moderna en San Luis Potosí, 1878 – 1890. S.L.P, Editorial Ponciano Arriaga- Gobierno del Estado de San Luis Potosi, 2009, 2015.

Paisajes culturales y patrimonio en el Centro Norte de Mexico, siglos XVII al XX, Edited by Carlos Ruiz Medrano, Carlos Alberto Roque and Luis E. Coronado Guel. San Luis Potosi Mexico, Colsan, 2014.

Postdoctoral Fellow, College of Public Health, University of Arizona

Rebecca Crocker (PhD Anthropology) is a social science scholar with a focus on the contextual factors that contribute to health declines and mitigations among Mexican immigrants. She has been researching immigrant health for the past two decades, with a focus on embodied emotional responses to migration-related stressors such as deportation and detention, family separation, poverty, and undocumented status. She has also documented the emotional health risks among families of Mexican migrants who go missing during the desert crossing, as well as how im/migrants call on Mexican traditional medicine and food traditions to buffer health declines. She is currently engaged in projects that explore how structural vulnerabilities produce health inequities among Latinx im/migrants in the areas of diabetes complications and incidence and severity of fatty liver disease, as well as documenting factors that contribute to stress and resilience among Latinx farmworkers along Arizona's highly militarized southern border.  She enjoys working collaboratively with other scholars and in concert with affected communities via community based participatory research strategies (CBPR). 

PhD Student, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford

Bill De La Rosa is a PhD student and Clarendon Scholar in Criminology at the University of Oxford. His research examines the convergence of immigration law and criminal law, as well as the adjacent fields of border control and punishment. He is also a Book Reviews Editor and Regional Contributor for Border Criminologies, an academic blog that aims to understand the global effects of immigration enforcement.

Prior to his doctoral studies, Bill was a Program Coordinator for the Pima County Administrator’s Criminal Justice Reform Unit, where he advised the Assistant County Administrator of Justice and Law Enforcement on strategies to safely lower the jail population and address racial disparities in the justice system. Before this, he served in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a Truman-Albright Fellow. In this capacity, he assisted federal staff in the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation oversee policy research on Hispanic, immigrant, and cultural minority populations, and represented the Office of Refugee Resettlement as a Public Information Officer under the Obama administration.

Bill received a BA in Sociology and Latin American Studies from Bowdoin College and two MSc’s in Migration Studies as well as in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Oxford as a Marshall Scholar. After completing his PhD, he plans to enroll at Yale Law School, where he has been officially accepted, as a Harry S. Truman Scholar.

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.

JD Student

Alyssa Dormer is a JD student at University of Arizona's James E. Rogers College of Law with a focus on immigration law. She holds an MA from the Center for Latin American Studies at UA where her thesis research focused on the criminalization of asylum seekers on the US/Mexico border. Through the creation of a novel conceptual framework, her research examined the means by which asylum seekers interpret, react to, and make sense of the criminalization they face at the hands of US authorities. She hopes to continue this work after completing her JD and advance the field of immigration law.

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.

Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Northern Arizona University

Dr. Jessie K. Finch is a Lecturer in Sociology at Northern Arizona University. She studies migration, race and ethnicity, deviance, social psychology, culture, and health. She has a Ph.D. (2015) and M.A. (2011) in Sociology from the University of Arizona and a B.A. (2007) in Sociology and Music from the University of Tulsa. Dr. Finch has published in peer-reviewed journals such as Teaching Sociology, Race and Social Problems, and Sociological Spectrum. She has also received grants from the National Science Foundation as well as the American Sociological Association. She is most recently the co-editor of Migrant Deaths in the Arizona Desert from the University of Arizona Press (2016). Dr. Finch has also taught courses on race and ethnicity, deviance, research methods, popular culture, and happiness.

PhD Student, Cultural Anthropology, University of Oregon

Annalise is a PhD student in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oregon working with Dr. Lynn Stephen. She holds a BA in International Affairs and Spanish from the University of Nevada, Reno and an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Arizona. Her MA research focused on LGBT organization and activism in relation to violence in El Salvador. Annalise has also worked on topics of criminalization, migration, and asylum among Central American migrants both in Arizona and in Oregon. Her current areas of research include gender violence, queer representation in media, feminist organization, and queer social movements in Central America.

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 2004, together 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.

PhD Student, School of Sociology

Kelsey E. Gonzalez is a PhD student in the School of Sociology at the University of Arizona. Her research focuses on computational methods, advanced statistical methods, and networks analysis in connection to thematic interests in the social determinants of physical and mental health and illness, racial and panethnic identities, and discrimination.

Kelsey has a strong methodological background following her extensive quantitative and computational methods training at the University of Arizona. She collaborates with Corey Abramson uncovering the economic, educational and health-related outcomes of bodyweight differences, with Daniel E. Martinez investigating racial and ethnic identities of Latinos in the United States, and with Terrence Hill researching white fragility and health outcomes. She previously worked with Robin Stryker analyzing a nationally-representative survey on the perceptions of incivility and the media.

Kelsey received her MA in Sociology from the University of Arizona in 2018 where she investigated the impacts of personal networks and homophily on individuals’ perceptions of discrimination. Before coming to the University of Arizona, she earned her MPhil in Race, Ethnicity and Conflict from the Department of Sociology at Trinity College, Dublin in 2015.

Kelsey is a UA Data Science Ambassador and can answer questions related to social data science and help refer you many on campus resources to help improve your data science endeavours.

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 North American Studies, Mobility Consortium in North America; Founder-leader of CA Internacionales consolidated.

PhD Student, Biological and Medical Anthropology, Northwestern University

Keegan C. Krause, MPH, MA is a public health researcher and PhD student in biological and medical anthropology at Northwestern University. Keegan holds an MPH in global family health and an MA in Latin American Studies, both from the University of Arizona. Previously a K-12 teacher and community health educator, Keegan has worked in community-engaged and applied research contexts in the Southwest and Midwest regions of the United States, and in several contexts in Latin America and the Caribbean. Keegan’s research while at the University of Arizona focused on structural violence, im/migration, and occupational health in the Dominican Republic's tourism sector, and food security in the Sonora-Arizona borderlands. Keegan’s current research focuses on using biocultural and ecosocial frameworks of risk and resilience to understand how complex social and structural conditions are embodied during sensitive periods of human development, and manifest in health experiences through the lifecourse. Specifically, he places emphasis on adolescent stress and developmental health at intersections of globalization, cultural transitions, informal occupational settings, youth serving institutions, experiences with forced im/migration, documentation precarity, and militarized borders.

Associate Campus Colleague, School of Geography, Development & Environment

Sarah Launius serves as the chief of staff to a City of Tucson Council Member and has a PhD from the University of Arizona School for Geography, Development and the Environment. Sarah’s community work and professional work center on two complimentary research tracts. Her professional work and independent research focus on the political and economic questions spurred by urban redevelopment, with a particular interest in questions of citizenship and policing. A second research tract stems from community work and co-writing with scholars and organizations intervening in border militarization and immigration policing.

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.

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Notre Dame

Ricardo Martínez-Schuldt is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame. His research examines processes of international migration in the North American migratory system, with a focus on Mexican immigration to the United States. Dr. Martínez-Schuldt's dissertation analyzed the cross-border engagement between Mexico and its citizens living abroad. He linked administrative data from the Mexican government with a variety of data sources, such as the American Community Survey, to examine how the Mexican state’s social-legal support of Mexican migrants varies across the United States in relation to the economic, political, and social characteristics of local-level environments. 

Additionally, he conducts research on the neighborhood and city-level correlates of crime, crime reporting behavior, and officer-involved shootings. In particular, his research assesses the impact of “sanctuary” policies on city-level violence as well as their effect on the likelihood that individuals report crime victimization to law enforcement officials. Dr. Martínez-Schuldt serves on the editorial board of the Journal on Migration and Human Security.

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, Teaching Learning and Sociocultural Studies

Juanita Sandoval is a PhD student in the Teaching, Learning & Sociocultural Studies program. Juanita's research focuses on Education and Social Justice. She was an educator for 10 years in the public school system in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she taught elementary, middle, high school and in teacher preparation classes. Her focus in teaching has been in bilingual and TESOL education along with anit-racist and critical pedagogies. She plans to do educational and advocacy work with migrant and refugee communities along the US-Mexico border, and previously volunteered teaching ESL in Altar, Sonora, Mexico to migrant farm workers at the CCAMYN, Casa del Migrante. 

Assistant Professor of Geography, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Texas, El Paso

Jeremy Slack is an Assistant Professor of Geography in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Texas, El Paso. He received his PhD in Geography from the University of Arizona in 2015. His research is focused on deportation and the problems forced removal creates for individuals and their families, the connections to place that are severed and how it has intersected with drug related violence on the border. His research interests include state theory, illegal and illicit activity, the U.S. Mexico Border, drug trafficking, violence, participatory/activist oriented research methodology and public scholarship.

Currently, he runs the Immigration and Border Communities – Research Experience for Undergraduates, a National Science Foundation program, to teach research methods in the social sciences by collaborating with community organizations in the Paso del Norte Regions. Students engage with a variety of topics related to immigration and border enforcement and its impact on the region, producing data relevant to local efforts by advocates.

Dr. Slack’s work has been funded by the Ford Foundation, the Open Society Foundation and the National Science Foundation among others. He has published widely in Geography, Anthropology and Sociology in journals such as AreaAntipodePopulation Studies, International Migration Review, Human Organization and the Journal of Migration and Human Security among others. He edited, In the Shadow of the Wall: Violence and Migration on the U.S. Mexico Border, which was released in 2018 by the University of Arizona Press. His second book, Deported to Death: How Drug Violence is Changing Migration on the U.S. Mexico Border, from the University of California Press, explores the danger of mass removal from the United States which has placed millions in danger as they must navigate complex and dangerous regions upon deportation.

Visiting Faculty Fellow, Barrett Honors College, Arizona State University
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Dr. Soto is a contemporary archaeologist who builds from archaeology’s attention to the material world to make sense of contemporary social issues, also drawing from ethnographic methods, GIS technology, and archival research. Her expertise is in the field of migration materialities, with a geographic focus on Latinx migration and border security at the US-Mexico border. Dr. Soto is currently working on the scholarly write-up of BMI’s latest project, Protocol Development for the Standardization of Identification and Postmortem Examinations of UBC Bodies along the U.S. - Mexico Border. The focus of this work is postmortem investigation, forensic evidence, commemoration, and care for undocumented migrants who die during border crossings in the US southwest.

Dr. Soto’s work also appears in numerous refereed journals including Political Geography, American Anthropologist, and the Journal of Social Archaeology. Her article, “Object Afterlives and the Burden of History: Between ‘trash’ and ‘heritage’ in the footsteps of migrants,” was awarded the American Anthropological Association Archaeology Division’s Gordon R. Willey Paper Prize in 2019. She has contributed chapters for the scholarly volumes, The New Nomadic Age: Archaeologies of Forced and Undocumented Migration and Sociopolitics of Migrant Death and Repatriation: Perspectives for Forensic Science. Gabriella also contributes to the online anthropology magazine, Her research has been funded by the Louis Foucar Marshall Foundation and the Wenner Gren Foundation. She has been invited to participate in workshops concerning migration materiality at Brown University’s Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World and at Oxford University’s School of Archaeology.

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.


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.   

PhD Student, Family Studies and Human Development

Maria Belinda Vasquez is a first-generation graduate student pursuing her PhD in the Family Studies and Human Development Graduate Program at The University of Arizona. She was born in Tucson and raised in Jecori, Sonora, Mex. In addition to her own experience as an immigrant minor, her research motivation is based on her community involvement with children and families along the U.S.-Mexico border. Maria Belinda strongly believes in the importance of mental health and her research aims to strengthen family resilience while attenuating the adverse effects of immigrant trauma in parents and children.

Her research interests include:

  • Immigrant Trauma in Children and Parents
  • Parenting Practices with an Intergenerational Perspective
  • Resilience and Sociocultural Factors in Ethnic Identity
  • Educational Attainment in Immigrant Children 



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 US-Mexico border. Previous research has been in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Ecuador.

Professor & Researcher, Instituto de Derechos Humanos Ignacio Ellacuría SJ, Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla
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Guillermo Yrizar Barbosa is a professor and researcher on migration affairs in the Instituto de Derechos Humanos Ignacio Ellacuría SJ, at the Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla. He received a PhD in sociology from The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). Previously, he was a research associate and coordinator for the Observatorio de Legislación y Política Migratoria at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF) in Tijuana, and visiting research fellow at the Center for US-Mexican Studies, UC San Diego. Before moving back to Mexico, he was a fellow at the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research and data manager at Baruch College. Guillermo has conducted research on international migration in Mexico and the United States since 2006.