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Department of Latin American, Latino and Puerto Rican Studies

Faculty - Alyshia Gálvez

Alyshia GálvezE-mail Address:
Phone Number: 718-960-5115
Office: Carman Hall, Room 288
Rank: Associate Professor
Degrees and Sources of Degrees: B.A., Columbia Univ.; M.A., Ph.D., New York Univ.

Academic Interests


Mexican migration to New York City, focusing especially on:

  • religiosity and the role of religious organizations in channeling migrant organization and activism
  • pregnancy and childbirth among immigrants and the ways in which they are received by the public health system
  • 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 Paradoxbook 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 Icon.
  • 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 Icon.
  • 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 Icon

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