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Migration, Borders, and Transnational Communities



Ana Argotte, MA
Ana Argotte holds a BA in international affairs from the University of Nuevo Leon and a master’s degree in immigration and intercultural education from the University of Barcelona. She has received training on migratory studies at the Southern Border at the Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR). Ana has collaborated with the Citizens Council of the Mexican Immigration Authorities, the International Organization for Migration, the Mexican Commission for Refugees (COMAR) and the ECOSUR. She has also volunteered with the United Nations refugee agency as well as with other human rights organizations. She is currently based in Tapachula, Chiapas, where she continues to support different migrant organizations and shelters.

Guillermo Yrizar Barbosa, PhD
Dr. Barbosa received his doctorate in sociology from New York University and his MA in regional development at the Colegio de la Frontera Norte. His area of research include international migration from Central America and Mexico to the U.S., as well as human rights and migratory policies in Mexico. He has been an active member of the Mexican Initiative for Deferred Action since 2015

Valentina Campos Cabral, PhD
Dr. Campos Cabral is director of the Xabier Gorostiaga Environment Research Institute of the Iberoamerican University in Puebla City. She is member of various research networks focused on the analysis of environmental social movements, land management, and water resources. Her research includes the negative impact that transnational corporations have on local communities in the state of Puebla.

Mario López-Gopar, PhD
Mario is a professor at the Faculty of Languages of the Universidad Benito Juárez de Oaxaca, Mexico. His areas of expertise include critical research methodologies, indigenous identities, critical literacies, and postcolonial theory. He is the author of the book Decolonizing Primary English Language Teaching.

Linda Green, PhD
Linda is a professor of anthropology and the director of the Center for Latin America Studies at the University of Arizona. She has an MA and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MPH from Johns Hopkins University. Areas of expertise include theory in anthropology, border issues, globalization, war and militarization, development, labor migration.

Todd Miller
Todd Miller is a journalist based in Tucson, Arizona. He is the author of “Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security,” “Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security,” and “Empire of Borders: The Expansion of the U.S. Border Around the World.”

Donato Ramos PioQuinto, MA
Donato is a professor of sociology, economics, and migration. He retired from the Instituto de Investigaciones Sociológicas at Oaxaca State University in 2014. His research has focused on migration from the Northern Sierra of Oaxaca to Los Angeles, California. He has also studied migration identities and the formation of transnational communities in Mexico and California. He has published several articles and books on Oaxacan migration, indigenous peoples in urban centers, and migrants’ social networks and transnational practices. Donato is native to the Northern Sierra of Oaxaca and he is fluent in Zapotec, the Indigenous language of the Northern region of the state.