I am a Cultural Anthropologist from Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. I obtained my PhD from the University of Oregon in 2016. I am currently an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the Department of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) (https://www.unlv.edu/anthro/).
My research interests can be divided into two overlapping sub-fields. The first sub-field includes the anthropology of migration, particularly the analysis of internal and transnational migrations, gender (masculinity and femininity), indigeneity, kinship, and care. The second sub-field includes multi-species ethnography, legal anthropology and the anthropology of social movements, particularly through the study of activism and animal rights in the Mexico-U.S. borderlands.
I am currently developing a book manuscript based on my dissertation that focuses on how masculinity and femininity shape, and are shaped by, internal and transnational migrations.
I am also developing two projects :
(1) My current project examines the emergent animal rights movement in urban Mexico in the midst of continuous violence and ongoing challenges to the Mexican legal system–I am currently conducting research in Ciudad Juárez, México.
(2) My second project will investigate the lives of indigenous soldiers in the Mexican military, focusing on the relationship between indigeneity and nationalism, and “the war on drugs.”
You can read more about my research projects here: Research.
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