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2018-2019 PTC Seed Grant Recipients

Research Cluster Grants

The research clusters are mechanisms for triggering discussion that lead to exchange, cross-fertilization and collaboration across disciplines. Research clusters are platforms to support and enhance existing faculty expertise and/or facilitate the engagement of faculty to examine the changing needs and growing cultural, political, environmental, and economic influence of Latinos/as and transborder communities in the US-Mexico borderlands. Ultimately, the research clusters are expected to lead to a self-sustained research program by leveraging funding from external funding sources.


Dr. Angela E. Arzubiaga, Associate Professor, School of Social Transformation

Beyond Child Migrants’ Immigration Proceedings: Institutional Practices and Impacts on Asylum-Seeking Youth

The project consists of the implementation of a pilot study exploring how immigration court proceedings become sites of contestation for migrant youth in the Arizona-Sonora region and how their experiences with legal and court systems shape what it means to belong. This research will employ a multi-disciplinary methodology that includes Institutional Ethnography bolstered by an activity theoretical framework, and cultural historical CHAT lens. It will be accomplished by examining asylum proceedings and conducting interviews with four youth in the U.S. and Mexico. The results of this study will inform a grant application aimed to improve and inform stakeholders on asylum seeking procedures.


Dr. Flavio F. Marsiglia, Regents’ Professor, School of Social Work & Director of the Global Center for Applied Health Research

Impacts of anti-immigrant sentiments on adolescent wellbeing in the Arizona-Sonora border region

The project goals of this research study are to explore the impact of anti-immigration sentiment, policies, and violence on migrant adolescents in both Nogales, Sonora and Nogales, Arizona, non-migrants in Nogales, Arizona, and recent deportees residing in Nogales, Sonora. As well as, explore the positive and negative coping strategies employed by these adolescents as a result of their experiences with anti-immigrant sentiment, policies, and violence; and to assess how these experiences and coping strategies affects the mental health and wellbeing of adolescents on the Arizona-Sonora border.


Dr. Sonia Vega-López, Associate Professor, College of Health Solutions

Effects of the immigration process on lifestyle, environmental and biological factors that influence chronic disease risk among Mexican women in the Arizona-Sonora border

This research cluster is conducting a cross-sectional assessment of the diet and lifestyle, environmental and biological factors derived from having migrated to the US that affect the risk for developing obesity, stress, and risk for cardio-metabolic diseases in Mexican women residing in Phoenix, Arizona, and comparing them to those of Mexican women living in Hermosillo, Sonora. Based on findings from this initial work, the cluster will seek funding to expand the scope of subsequent work. With the support of PTC, the cluster will continue working on the funded project, dedicate time to start the data analysis process, and work on a grant proposal to seek funds to continue this collaborative line of work.



Individual Research Grants

Individual research seed grants are platforms to support and enhance existing faculty expertise and/or to examine the changing needs and growing cultural, political, environmental, and economic influence of Latinos/as and transborder communities in the US-Mexico borderlands. Ultimately, individual research grant recipients are expected to contribute to the development of a collective and sustainable research program on transborder studies by initiating projects that have good prospects of obtaining external funding.


Dr. Rudy P. Guevarra, Jr., Associate Professor, School of Social Transformation

Aloha Compadre: Latinxs in Hawaiʻi, 1832-2010

Aloha Compadre examines the historical, cultural and economic contributions, as well as the representations of the Latinx population in Hawaiʻi, with a specific focus on Mexicans, Central Americans and Puerto Ricans. This individual research project seeks to explore new boundaries of Latinx migration beyond the western hemisphere, as well as the complexities of interracial relationships and multiplicity in Hawaiʻi, as demographic changes are transforming the political, social, economic and cultural landscape of the state. Unearthing these histories and contemporary interracial relationships forged from these migrations and identity formations guide the larger goals for this project, which include how race, ethnicity and indigeneity are being rearticulated in diasporic sites such as Hawai’i; and, conceptually redefining and expanding the borderlands to include aquatic regions like Oceania.


Dr. Michael G. Stancliff, Associate Professor, School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies

Esperanza en acción (Hope Works)

Esperanza en acción is an action-research project centered on the creation of a multi-use community and residential center in the Arizona-Sonora border. The center will be transitional housing (approximately one to three months) for deported migrants and migrants in transit who wish to stay in Nogales, Mexico in the short term or permanently. In addition to living quarters and meals, guests will receive support obtaining the necessary documents for repatriation (or in the case of Central American and other non-citizens, a work permit) and other documents necessary to live and work in Mexico. In addition to providing transitional housing and driving economic development, Esperanza en acción will be a center of technical, economic, and humanistic research and learning.


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