Francisca James Hernández, Ph.D.
The El Paso/Cd. Juárez border is, for me, both a home and a research field site. Ilived here from 1988-2000, during which time I conducted ethnographic researchabout border culture from 1994-2000 for my doctoral dissertation from theDepartment of Anthropology at Stanford University. I am currently finishing abook, a revision of the thesis entitled,GlobalBorderlands: Marginality and the Democratic Imaginary on the US-MexicoFrontier. I am here for three weeks as part of a sabbatical from my homeinstitution in one of my occasional trips here to keep up on the happenings atla frontera. While here, I am meeting with academics from UTEP and COLEF aswell as community organizers and workers at Centro Mayapán/La Mujer Obrera, andattending events at each of these places. These interactions will contribute toa research article I am writing about the political agency of garment workersbefore and after the implementation of the North America Free Trade Agreementin 1994. I will also integrate findings into the curriculum for students at myhome institution and for a presentation I intend to give to the local communityin Tucson, Arizona.