I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California-San Diego. I am also affiliated with UCSD’s Urban Studies and Planning Program, Center for Comparative Immigration Studies and Center for US-Mexican Studies.
I study political sociology, gender, and migration between Mexico and the United States. My first book, Undocumented Politics: Place, Gender, and the Pathways of Mexican Migrants, is coming out with the University of California Press in Fall 2018. The book focuses on how undocumented, Oaxacan migrant communities confront a process of globalization in which they are economically marginalized and politically excluded. I look at these politics both in the United States and on the Mexican side. In contrast to many studies of transnational migrants, I contrast two, distinct groups and processes of migration. The comparison enables me to show how migrant communities develop distinct attitudes about exclusion and take different actions to fight it.
I have also studied North-South power dynamics in transnational social movements, and I co-edited a feminist theory handbook focused on global dynamics of power.