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Advisor, MA and Undergraduate Minor
Office Phone: (915) 747-8745
Ph.D., Anthropology, City University of New York, 1988.
For copies of any publications, please see the academia.edu page or email firstname.lastname@example.org . He is interested in all things that concern borders, and the processes that shape them and pass through them. His three most recent inquiries are regulation of spatial movement generally (building on, but going beyond borders per se), participant observation of engaged/activist anthropology (and lessons thereof), and unequal territorialization and political ecology of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, currently examining water. Much of his past work centers on the presence of and limits to state power at borders. This has connected to a specific focus on migration and mobility. It has also lead to a focus on state workers, bureaucratic work processes, societal power and bureaucracies, etc. His border and migration work in turn has lead to an active role in public policy, focusing on alternative migration and border policies for the United States. That, in turn, has lead to a long sequence of works on values, advocacy, and social science (applied or engaged anthropology). He is also interested in border cultures and complex/dynamic analyses of them, and how such approaches contribute to culture theory generally. He has also worked for many years on anthropology of work, of working classes, household economies (including unpaid/reproductive work within capitalism), and consumption. He has contributed modestly to the nascent field of political ecology, and to political economy within anthropology. He was a student of Eric Wolf, and remains an advocate of his legacy in anthropology.
Mark H. Jurado
Office Phone: (915) 747-6192
Mark H. Jurado holds a Master of Education in Psychological Counseling from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Administration from New Mexico State University. His research interests are achievement motivation and educational resilience among first-generation, low-income youth. A student capacity-building approach is a critical aspect of his approach to ensuring highly individualized student support. Stressing motivation, self-assessment and goal clarification, his work with federal TRIO Programs has helped students from disadvantaged backgrounds to succeed in their higher education pursuits.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology (half time appointment to Latin American and Border Studies)
Office Phone (915) 747-6829
Silvia Torezani, a PhD in Anthropology (University of Western Australia), teaches on border studies, Latin American migration and global health. Participatory teaching and mentoring students are important aspects of her approach to teaching. Her research interests are in the areas of migrant elderly healthcare access in the U.S.-Mexico border, and Latin American migration in multicultural contexts, with a focus on Australia. She is currently finalizing data collection and analysis on a PIMSA-funded project on Mexican migrant elderly access to healthcare in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico.
Assistant Professor of Geography (half time appointment to Latin American and Border Studies)
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Graduate Teaching Assistants
Victoria De Anda
Victoria De Anda is currently in the MA program in Latin American and Border Studies (LABS). She holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Texas at El Paso. As an undergraduate research assistant, she assisted in projects involving reproductive and maternal health among immigrant women among the U.S.-Mexico border region. She is presently participating in the National COVID-19 Resiliency Network Project. Her research interests include human rights, activism, politics, and art.
Alexia Nava Carmona
Alexia Nava Carmona served as the copy editor and reporter for the university’s official student newspaper, The Prospector. She is currently in the MA program in Latin American and Border Studies (LABS). She is interested in learning about transnational connections to help improve quality of life along the border zone. Presently, Alexia is participating in the National COVID-19 Resiliency Network Project.
Michaela Castor holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from the University of Texas at El Paso. She is currently in the MA Program for Sociology and plans on pursing a Ph.D. in Medical Sociology after graduation. Her research interests focus on cultural and health disparities that minority groups face. She has been active in several research studies that focus on Latinx students and discrimination, health and reproductive rights. Michaela is presently participating in the National COVID-19 Resiliency Network Project and will present her observations at the University of South Florida in May. She enjoys reading, painting, and volunteering on her time off.