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Me in Chiapas, Mexico

¡Bienvenid@s! Welcome!

On this site, you will find some information about my classes, research interests and community involvement.
Colorful China Poblanas parade in Zacatecas
Parade in downtown Zacatecas, 2009
If you have questions about my work, or the work of the Binational Migration Institute (BMI) do not hesitate to contact me at 
I  encourage you explore the tabs above for additional information about my activities. My list of publications continues to grow.  It inlcudes a report from a pilot study of mixed immigrant families that I and several students conducted in 2011. 
Professor O'Leary discusses how both presidential campaigns have turned their attention to Arizona.:  

Fighting over Arizona: Donald Trump Vs. Hillary Clinton

Lorraine Rivera takes a closer look at each campaign’s approach on Arizona Week.

On the program: - Bruce Ash, Republican national committeeman. - Anna Ochoa O’Leary, University of Arizona Mexican American Studies department head. - Seth Scott, Hillary Clinton campaign Arizona director. - Luige Del Puerto, assistant editor at Arizona Capitol Times

Watch the full PBS broadcast Sept 3, 2016


Check my Oct. 5 2017 Arizona Daily Star Opinion Editorial: Opening the door to educational opportunity
Editorials as a 2014-2015 Public Voice Fellow:  The Op Ed Project
As as part of this fellowship, I've had the following Opnion Editorial pieces published.
Op Ed #3 (March 8, 2015):  Women's history Month must Honor Latinas
Op Ed #4 (March 18, 2015): Obama Comparte un Legado con Roosevelt
Op Ed #7 (Sept 18, 2015) Finding Sacagawea in El Salvador
NEW in 2014!  My Encyclopedia is out!  Learn more by going to the Publication section in this website

New in 2014

This two volume encyclopedia set includes more than 200 entries by 80 different authors. Arranged alphabetically, most every topic concerning the life of undocumented immigrants living in the United States is address. For a link to the publisher's webstie, click the "Publications" tab above.


Our book now available, Unchartered Terrains: New Directions in Border Research Methodology, Ethics and Practice.

If you click the above link, you can read more about this volume, see the list of chapters and contributing authors.


Made up of 5 universities from Mexico and the United States, The Puentes Consortium provides a distinctive voice for the bi-national community of scholars who carry out multidisciplinary, public policy research on issues of importance to the U.S.-Mexico relations and to the well-being of their inhabitants. Each year the Puentes Consortium’s Mexico-U.S. Higher Education Leadership Forum honors the papers by inviting the binational teams of co-authors to attend to discuss their research in a conference paper award session.  These interactions are aimed at enhancing connections between U.S. and Mexican institutions of higher education and foundations for long-term, effective dialogue.

More exciting News!:

I am happy to announce that I am the lead author of a paper selected for an award from the Puentes Consortium.   The paper, “Mexican Women and Family Planning Trends: A Cross Border Synthesis,” co-authored with Marianne Marchand and Edmundo Meza Rodríguez (Universidad de la Americas-Puebla), Salena Meyer Loredo (University of Arizona), and Laura Abril Rios-Rivera (Universidad Autónoma de Mexico), examines primary and secondary data to draw links between family planning trends in Mexico and in the United States, brought together through migration. 

¡Gracias! Thanks for visiting!