RESEARCH

My research areas include political and legal anthropology, medical anthropology, migration, migrant health, health policy, unauthorized/undocumented migration, mixed-status families, and citizenship, primarily in the US/Mexico borderlands, Mexico, and Germany.

My current research projects focus on:

  • Mixed-status families along the US/Mexico border (funded by the National Science Foundation and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research) 
  • The Immigrant Youth Project, which examines how legal status impacts the social and emotional well-being of young adult immigrants (funded by the National Science Foundation)
  • AmeRicansConceptions of Health Equity Study (ARCHES): Whose health deserves society’s attention, investment, or care? (funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
  • Transit migration in Sinaloa along Mexico’s Ruta Pacifica (in collaboration with the Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa; funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research and PROFAPI) 

My research has been funded by:

National Science Foundation (Sociology Program), “Ontological Security in Uncertain Times: Legal Status and the Social and Emotional Well-Being of Undocumented Young Adults” (Co-PI), 2017-2020.

National Science Foundation (Law and Social Sciences, Cultural Anthropology, and Sociology Programs). “Mixed-Status Families and Citizenship in the Contemporary Migration Experience” (PI), 2015-2018.

Programa de Fomento y Apoyo a Proyectos de Investigación (PROFAPI, Mexico): “Migración de tránsito en Sinaloa: su impacto en la población, el Estado y las organizaciones cívicas.” (Co-PI), 2017-2018. 

Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research International Collaborative Research Grant. "Transit Migration In Mexico's Ruta Pacifica: Analyzing The State, Civil Society, And Communities" (Co-PI), 2015-2017.

Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. “Mixed-Status Families and the Juridico-legal Reach of the Contemporary State in Households in the US/Mexico Borderlands” (PI), 2015-2016.

School for Advanced Research (SAR) Short Seminar. “Transformations in Social Citizenship: Stratification, Risk and Responsibility in Health Care Reform” (Co-organizer), 2015

USF College of Arts and Sciences Internal Award. “Los otros Dreamers: Incorporation Experiences of American Youth Deported to Mexico” (PI), 2014.

Humanities Institute, University of South Florida. “’A Country I Don’t Even Know’: Incorporation of Experiences of American Youth Deported to Mexico” (PI), 2013

Humanities Institute, University of South Florida. “DREAMing of Change: Activism and Creative Expression among Undocumented Migrant Youth in an Era of Reform” (PI), 2012.

Miami-Florida European Union Center of Excellence. “Impact of European Union Citizenship on the Roma Minority Living in Germany” (PI), 2012.

Core Fulbright Scholar Program, J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board/Council for International Exchange of Scholars. “Impact of European Union Membership on the Roma Living in Germany: Freedom of Movement and Health Citizenship” (PI), 2011-2012.

German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademische Austauschsdienst, DAAD) Faculty Research Visit Grant. “Impact of European Union Membership on the Roma Living in Germany: Freedom of Movement and Health Citizenship” (PI), 2011.

Humanities Institute, University of South Florida. “Without Papers: Illegalized Migration to Germany since Reunification” (PI), 2010.

NIH/National Cancer Institute R03 CA138123-01. “Cervical Cancer Beliefs in Ethnic Subgroups of Latina Immigrants” (Co-PI), 2008-2010.

USF Collaborative on Children, Families and Communities Faculty Research Grant. “Oral Health Literacy and Access to Dental Care for Migrant Families in the Greater Tampa Bay Region” (PI), 2008.

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