Abigail L. Andrews

thumb__MG_0249_1024I am Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Mexican Migration Field Research Program at the University of California-San Diego. I study gender, migration, state power, and grassroots agency. I write, speak, and teach about the struggles of indigenous people, undocumented immigrants, deportees, and asylum seekers in Mexico, Central America, and the United States.

My award-winning first book Undocumented Politics: Place, Gender, and the Pathways of Mexican Migrants (California 2018) traces how “voiceless” migrant communities confront state exclusion, upend patriarchy, and fight to belong. Drawing on two years of in-depth ethnography in Mexico and the US, I illustrate the importance of local politics for migration patterns, immigrant advocacy, and women’s political mobilization.

I am now studying the forced displacement of Mexican deportees and Central American asylum seekers. In collaboration with several graduate and undergraduate students at UCSD, I explore how US state violence shapes masculinity, citizenship, and belonging. The first paper from this project, “Forced out of Fatherhood,” is forthcoming at Social Problems.

I have also published on power dynamics within transnational social movements and on gender and politics. I ask how states use ideas about gender to reinforce power inequalities and how grassroots groups transform gender relations as they confront unfair conditions. I co-authored a textbook called The Social Life of Gender (Sage, 2017), which offers an accessible introduction to this approach.

For links see Publications. For more about me and my work, see My Story and CV.