Curriculum Vitae


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  • 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

Professor & Head

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


Research Experience:

2021-2011 Fulbright Scholarship – Garcia-Robles Program for Border Research "Buscando el Sueño Mexicano: Mexico’s Returning Students’ Educational Goal Setting in the Age of Heightened Immigration Enforcement"

2017-2018  Principal Investigator: “Shared Populations/Poblaciones CompartidasUniversity of Arizona Office of Research, Discovery and Innovation grant for international collaboration.

2010- 2014. 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)

Recent Publications
2018  O'Leary, Anna Ochoa. "The Morenci Miners Women's Auxiliary during the Great Arizona Copper Strike, 1983-1986." In In: Sweat and Blood: Mexican Labor in Arizona, 1912-2012. (Eds.) Luis B. Plascencia & Gloria Cuádraz. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press. Pp. 248-269.


2017. Romero, Andrea J., Monica Moreno, Anna Ochoa O'Leary, and Rebecca Covarrubias. "Immigrant Stigma Stress in the Context of Immigration Enforcement Policy and Collective Resilience." Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, 42 (1): Pp. 19-44.


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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.


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.