Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies

Faculty: Alyshia Gálvez

E-mail Address:
Phone Number: 347-577-4077
Office: Carman Hall, 288 and 241
Rank: Associate Professor
Degrees and Sources of Degrees: B.A., Columbia Univ.; M.A., Ph.D., New York Univ.

Academic Interests:

Public health, religion, migration, performance, citizenship, reproduction, medical anthropology, Latin America, and Latinos in the United States

Director of the Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute at CUNY

Complete CV


Mexican migration to New York City, focusing especially on:

1. religiosity and the role of religious organizations in channeling migrant organization and activism

2. pregnancy and childbirth among immigrants and the ways in which they are received by the public health system

3. changes in food habits and food systems in Mexico and the US and their relation to trade and migration


Awards and Honors:

  • 2014 Honoree, Asociación Tepeyac Gala
  • 2013 "Women of Distinction Award", Bronx Free Press.
  • 2009 Faculty Recognition Award in Research and Scholarship in the Division of Arts and Humanities, Lehman College, May 13, 2009.
  • Summa Cum Laude, Columbia University
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Columbia University


  • 2014 “Migration”, in Keywords for American Cultural Studies, Glenn Hendler and Bruce Burgett, eds., New York: New York University Press.

  • 2014          “Immigrant Citizenship: Neoliberalism, Immobility and the Vernacular Meanings of Citizenship,” in Transnational Citizenship Across the Americas, Ulla Berg and Robyn Rodriguez, eds, Routledge, This book was originally published as a special issue of Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, entitled “Transnational and Diasporic Citizenship Across the Americas,” Dec. 2013.

  • 2014 “The Original Dreamers,” in Vital Topics Forum on Latinos and the Immigration Debate, American Anthropologist, Vol. 116, No. 1: 1-14.
  • 2013 " Strivers into Patients: How Public Prenatal Care may disempower future citizens,” NACLA Report on the Americas,  Winter 2013."
  • 2013 “Immigrant Citizenship: Neoliberalism, Immobility and the Vernacular Meanings of Citizenship,” for a special issue of the journal Identities, edited by Ulla Berg and Robyn Rodríguez, entitled “Transnational and Diasporic Citizenship Across the Americas,” Dec. 2013.
  • 2013 “La ciudadanía y los inmigrantes: un desafío a la democracia,”  in Política en movimiento: Estado, ciudadanía, exilio y migración en Américacoordinado, Cristina Amescua, José Carlos Luque y Javier Urbano, Eds., Editorial Díaz de Santos, Mexico D.F., Mexico.
  • 2012 Nueva York Guadalupana, Puebla: Editorial de la Universidad Iberoamericana de Puebla.
  • 2012 Gálvez, A. (2012). Failing to see the danger: Conceptions of pregnancy and care practices among Mexican immigrant women in New York City. In L. Fordyce & A. Maraesa (Eds.), Responsible reproduction? Social and biomedical constructions and reproductive risk. Vanderbilt University Press.
  • 2012 Gálvez, A. (2012). Guadalupe en Nueva York. Pueble, Mexico: Editorial Iberomericana.
  • 2011 Patient Mothers, Patient Citizens: Mexican Women, Public Prenatal Care, and the Birth-weight Paradox, book based on medical anthropology research over two years at various sites in New York City. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, Critical Issues in Health and Medicine Series. Winner of 2012 ALLA (Association of Latino and Latin American Anthropologists) Book Award.
  • 2010 “Resolviendo: How September 11th tested and transformed a New York City Mexican immigrant organization” in Politics and Partnerships: The Role of Voluntary Associations in America’s Political Past and Present, Elisabeth Clemens and Doug Guthrie, Editors, Chicago: University of Chicago.pdf.
  • 2009 Guadalupe in New York: Devotion and the Struggle for Citizenship Rights among Mexican Immigrants. New York and London: New York University Press, December 2009.
  • 2008 "Virgenes Viajeras/Traveling Virgins," co-edited with José Carlos Luque Brazan (UNAM México DF), Issue 5.1 e-misférica, the peer-reviewed online journal of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, New York University.
  • 2007 Performing Religion in the Americas: Media, Politics, and Devotional Practices of the 21st Century, Gálvez, ed., and author of two pieces: "Introduction" and "'She Made Us Human': The Relationship between the Virgin of Guadalupe, Popular Religiosity and Activism among Members of Mexican Devotional Organizations in New York City", April 2007, Berg/Seagull (London).
  • 2007 "'I too was an Immigrant': An Analysis of Differing Modes of Mobilization in Two Bronx Mexican Migrant Organizations", International Migration, 2007, Volume 45 (1). pdf.
  • 2006 "La Virgen Meets Eliot Spitzer: Articulating Labor Rights for Mexican Immigrants," in "The Border Next Door: New York Migraciones", Margaret Gray and Carlos Decena, Eds., Social Text, Fall 2006 Volume 24 (88). pdf.
  • 2006 "Rising Body Counts on the Border: Reflections on the Construction of Social Distance" e-misférica 3.2, edited by Ulla Berg and Roberto Gutiérrez Varea, electronic, peer-reviewed journal published by Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, New York University, 3.2, Fall 2006.
  • 2005 "'Yo también fui un inmigrante.' Transformación de la identidad y las afinidades a través del tiempo en una organización religiosa de inmigrantes mexicanos en el Sur del Bronx," Revista Enfoques, Universidad Central, Santiago, Chile 1 (3). pdf.

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