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School of Transborder Studies

Faculty Areas of Expertise

Dr. Maria Luz Cruz Torres

  • Human and Political Ecology
  • Latin America
  • Caribbean, Mexico, and the U.S. Border
  • Research Methods

Dr. Eileen Diaz McConnell

  • Latina/o demography
  • Latin American Migration to the U.S.
  • Latinos and Housing
  • Race and Ethnicity

Dr. Edward Escobar

  • Chicana/o History
  • Chicana/o Social Movements
  • Police-Community Relations

Dr. Lisa Magaña

  • Latino Politics
  • Immigration
  • Urban Policy
  • Migration

Dr. Edward D. Vargas

  • Policy Analysis
  • Health Disparities
  • Immigration
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Latino/a Families

Dr. Francisco Lara Valencia

  • Impact of the built environment on health and quality of life
  • Socio-environmental vulnerability
  • Latino neighborhoods
  • U.S.-Mexico border development and cooperation
  • Border Cities

Dr. Airin Martinez

  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Global & Transnational Sociology
  • Grounded Theory/Situational Analysis
  • Health Inequalities across Race/Class/Gender/Immigrant Status
  • Medical Sociology
  • Sociology of Food

Dr. Marivel Danielson

  • Spanish Literature
  • Chicano/Latin American Literature
  • Queer Studies

Dr. Saskias Casanova

  • Applied Cultural Psychology
  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Language and Learning
  • Education of Immigrants
  • Immigrant Youth
  • Identity Development
  • Family Socialization
  • Acculturation
  • Mexican Indigenous communities
  • Latina/o Indigenous Youth and Schooling
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Stigmatization and Discrimination

Dr. Brendan O’Connor

  • Anthropology of Education
  • Linguistic Anthropology
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Bilingual/intercultural education
  • Language and identity
  • Race and ethnicity in Education
  • Visual Anthropology

Dr. Carlos G. Velez-Ibanez

  • Political Ecology
  • Human migrations
  • Applied anthropology
  • Culture language and learning
  • Household formations and networks
  • Southwest north American region (Mexico/U.S.)
  • Ford Fellowship Success and Impacts

Dr. Alejandro Lugo

  • U.S-Mexico Border
  • Latino/a Studies
  • Chicana/o Experience
  • Race, Culture, and Ethnicity in the U.S./Latin America
  • Colonial and Post-Colonial Societies
  • Anthropology of Gender
  • Anthropology of Work
  • Transnational Processes
  • Gender Relations
  • Cultural Analysis of Everyday Life
  • Political Economy
  • Class and Popular Culture