PRIMARY RESEARCH & TEACHING INTERESTS
Thematic interests: culture, political economy of the U.S.-Mexico border region, immigration/migration, urban politics, Latina/o education, and gender issues, and the politics of border security
Anna Ochoa O’Leary, Ph.D.
Mexican American Studies
University of Arizona
(Below) Professor O'Leary during fieldwork in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico
1999 Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology, University of Arizona - Tucson
1994 MA., Cultural Anthropology, University of Arizona – Tucson
Master’s paper title: “The Bureaucratic Model of Industrial Organization and the Emergence of Class and Cultural Identity in Borderland Mining Communities.”
1982 BA., Political Science, University of Arizona – Tucson
2010- 2013. Co-principal Investigator Congressional Direct Project, U.S. Department of Justice, Protocol Development for the Standardization of Identification and Processing of UBC bodies along the U.S.-Mexico Border, October 1, 2010 – August 15, 2013.
2009. Principal Investigator for PIMSA-funded project: “A Multidisciplinary Binational Study of Migrant Women in the Context of a U.S. Mexico Border Reproductive Health Care Continuum,” March 1, 2008 – September 1, 200
2008 Co-Investigator, Student Health Behaviors and Coping Study (Andrea Romero, Ph.D., Principal Investigator). September 1 2008 to March, 2009.
2007: Principal Investigator Fulbright Scholar Women at the Intersection: Immigration Enforcement and Transnational Migration on the U.S.-Mexico Border.”
2007 to 2008: Project Director for Coalición de Derechos Humanos (in collaboration with UofA College of Public Health, “Challenges to Farmworker Health” National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
2006 Principal Investigator SBSRI Small Grant for the pilot study proposal: “Women at the Intersection: Immigration Enforcement and Transnational Migration on the U.S.-Mexico Border.”
2000: Assistant Research Social Scientist, Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, University of Arizona, Spencer Grant Longitudinal Study, Dr. Norma González (PI).
Synergistic and Collaborative Activities
Play: “No Roosters in the Desert”, a play by Kara Hartzler, inspired by the field work data of Anna Ochoa O’Leary (Performed in Tucson, Chicago, Mexico City, and Tempe, AZ)
Promotion material for "No Roosters" for Tucson (Above), and Chicago (Right)
Presentation No. 178433 (Multiple authors, NIOSH team members) “Farmworkers at the US-Mexico Border: Challenges to human rights in a militarized environment S-Mexico Border: Challenges to human rights in a militarized environment.” APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition (October 25-29, 2008) San Diego.
Roundtable Presentation No. 184564. (Multiple authors, NIOSH team members) “Promotoras role in community mobilization and awareness of immigration and human rights for farmworkers and their families at the US-Mexico border” APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition (October 25-29, 2008) San Diego.
Recent Presentations at Professional Meetings
In the Footsteps of Spirits: Migrant Women’s Testimonials in the Time of Heightened Border Enforcement, presentation prepared for the Conference, International Colloquium/Coloquio Internacional: Sustainable Development. North/South: Border Dialogues
"When Death Comes Knocking: Geography, Enforcement, and Civic Engagement in Efforts to Identify and enumerate the dead along the U.S. Mexico Border” Presentation prepared for the Conference: Globalización y Migración Inmigración:“Políticas de seguridad y derechos humanos de los migrantes, Mexicali, Baja California, México, Oct. 18-19, 2012, and the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, Nov. 15-16, 2012.
“Mixed Immigration Status Households in the Context of Arizona’s Anti-Immigrant Policies.” Mexico City: Centro de Investigación sobre América del Norte (CISAN) de la Universidad Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM), April 25-26, 2012
“‘Killing me Softly’: Im/migration and Multiple Forms of Violence. Panel organized for the annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology, Seattle, WA, April 2011.
Visitng Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. March, 2010 for the Society for Applied Anthropology, was a real treat. The city is full of vestiages of Mexico's Colonial era, as this building shows. It's also a city where U.S. and European retirees are increasingly settling.
Neoliberalizing (Re)production: Women, Migration, and Family Planning in the Margins of the State, paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association, New Orleans, Nov. 20-22, 2010.
“Chicana/o Students’ Engagement with Anti Ethnic studies Bill 1108: Civic Engagement, Ethnic Identity and Well-being. Coloquio Binacional sobre Desarollo Humano Transfronterizo en la region Sonora-Arizona, Nogales, Sonora May 28, 2010.
“Migration and Women on the U.S.- Mexico Border: Environment, Access, and the Reproductive Health Care “Continuum,” paper presented as part of the a panel entitled: Implications of international population movements for health and health services,” Organizer: Peter Kunstadter. Society for Applied Anthropology, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. March, 2010
“ABC of Migration: C is for Coyotes”
Paper presented as part of the a panel entitled: “Social Capital among Mexicanos in the 21st Century in the Transborder Region and Beyond: The Limits and Understandings of its Distribution.” Organizer: Carlos Vélez-Ibáñez (ASU), Society for Applied Anthropology, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. March, 2010.
February 16-20. “Encuentros mortales en la frontera: Mujeres inmigrantes en situación de abandono,” VII Congreso Centroamericano de Antropología, “La Antropología en Centro America: Reflexiones y Perspectivas”) San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, México.
February 15. Western States Communication Association Convention, Phoenix/Mesa Marriott Hotel and Convention Center 200 North Centennial Way, Mesa Arizona.
January 15, 2009. “In the Footsteps of Spirits: Migrant Women’s Testimonials in the Time of Heightened Border Enforcement,” Institute of Learning in Retirement. Sun City Vistoso Community Center, Oro Valley, AZ
November 22, 2008. Panel Title: “The Costs of Moving: A Critical Review of Transnational Migration”, Co-Organized with Jeffrey H. Cohen (OSU), American Anthropology Association Annual Meeting. Individual Paper Title: “The ABCs of Unauthorized Border Crossing Costs: Apprehension, Bajadores, and Coyotes” San Francisco, CA.
November 15, 2008. “In the Footsteps of Spirits: Migrant Women’s Testimonials in the Time of Heightened Border Enforcement”. American Association of University Women (Phoenix Chapter) meeting, Scottsdale Community College, Scottsdale, AZ.
November 7, 2008. “Encuentros mortales en la frontera: Mujeres inmigrantes en situación de abandono” La Red Del Servicio Jesuita a Migrantes, Norte, México y Centro América, Congreso Internacional Sobre Migración: Los Procesos de detención, deportación y Reinserción de migrantes. Universidad Rafael Landívar de Guatemala, Campus Central, Ciudad de Guatemala.
October 13, 2008. “Desarraigo de niños: Un resumen del impacto de operativos inmigratorios en menores.” Seminario Niñez Migrante Internacional, Colegio de Sonora, Hermosillo, Sonora.
October 11, 2008.
Experiencing the Global-Local: Migrant Women Testimonios and Political, Intercultural, and Pedagogical Challenges in the Borderlands. Developing and Assessing Intercultural Competence: A Conference for K-16 Educators. Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language and Literacy (CERCLL). University of Arizona.
October 7, 2008. “Un Estudio Binacional de Mujeres Inmigrantes en el Contexto de un Continuum de Cuidado de Salud Reproductiva en la Frontera México-EU.” Health Initiatives of the Americas (HIA)/Programa de Investigación sobre Migración y Salud. VIII Semana Binacional de Salud: Foro de Políticas Públicas en Salud y Migración. Zacatecas, Zac. México.
October 4, 2008. “Women at the Intersection: The Struggle for Family Reunification at the Margins of the U,.S. and Mexico Border” Community Report: What you taught us about Migration and Health., Binational Migration Institute (BMI) El Pueblo Neighborhood Center, Tucson , AZ
April 7, 2008. 4th Annual Changing Woman Conference, Keynote Address, San Juan College, Henderson Fine Arts Center, Farmington NM.
March 23 2008, “Close Encounters of the Deadly Kind: Gender and Migration in a Time of Increased Border (In)Security”. Arizona State convention of American Assoc of University Women (AAUW), Green Valley Arizona.
March 14-15, “Close Encounters of the Deadly Kind: Gender and Migration in a Time of Increased Border (In)Security” No Vale Nada la Vida: La Vida No Vale Nada Conference, Southwest Centerand The Binational Migration Institute. University of Arizona, Tucson
February 24-26, 2008, “Encuentros mortales en la frontera: Mujeres inmigrantes en situación de abandono.” II Congreso Internacional Migraciones Globales: Experiencias Regionales y Enseñanzas para México. Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico.
January 13, 2008, “Close Encounters of the Deadly Kind: Gender and Migration in a Time of Increased Border (In)Security”, Border Regions in Transitions IX Conference, North American and European Border Regions in Comparative Perspective: Markets, States and Border Communities, Victoria, BC, Canada
2008 (November) Reviewer, Grant proposal in Anthropology, National Science Foundation
2007 Reviewer, (book) University of Arizona Press.
2006 Reviewer, Región y Sociedad, Journal of the Colegio De Sonora.
Service to Local, National, and International Communities
2008 International Advisory Committee for “II Encuentro Internacional de Migración y Niñez Migrante: La Anthropología de la Migración.” (to be held in May, 2009)
2007-2009, Treasurer, Association of Latino/Latina Anthropologists (ALLA)
2007 Chair, Committee on Refugee and Immigration, Society for Urban, National, and Transnational/Global Anthropology
2006 Elected Member (alternate) of the Consejo Consultivo del Insitituto de Mexicanos en el Exterior (IME).
2004 to present Steering Comitte member, Coalición de Derechos Humanos.
2004 to present Board Member, Arizona Border Rights Foundation.
2001 to present Board Member Fundación México.
2002 to 2003: Advisory Committee Member, “Tucson Latina Action,” a project by Arizona Citizens Action
1985 to 1986 President, Morenci Miners Women's Auxiliary, Clifton, Arizona
Membership in Professional Societies
- American Anthropological Association (AAA)
- Association for Latino and Latina Anthropologists (ALLA)
- National Association of Chicano/Chicana Studies (NACCS)
Advanced Study or Other Professional Improvement:
2005 National Immigration Law Center (Washington), special training on immigrant workers rights, May 16, 2005, Tucson, AZ
2004. Inter University Programs in Latino Research (IUPLR) Census Bureau Training, University of Notre Dame.
Recognitions and Awards:
2011 YWCA Women on the Move Award.
2010 Raul H. Castro Institute Latina Trailblazer Award
1986 Certificate of Recognition Día Internacional de la Mujer Conference, Phoenix, AZ
1985 Ford Foundation Travel Scholarship for the NGO conference on the Decade of Women, FORUM '85, Nairobi, Kenya.
1980 Phi Theta Kappa, National Scholastic Honor Society, Eastern Arizona College
1980 Minority Talent Roster for Distinguished Academic Performance, Eastern Arizona College.
1980 Arizona Council Epsilon Sigma Alpha Scholarship, Eastern Arizona College President's Award for perfect 4.0 GPA.