Lived Realities of Immigration: Mexican and Undocumented in the United States Text Size

Event takes place on June 28, 2017 at 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM
Wistariahurst Museum 238 Cabot St

Leah Schmalzbauer is Associate Professor of Sociology and American Studies at Amherst College. Leah is an ethnographer interested in the intersections of gender, family and international migration. In addition to many journal articles and book chapters, Leah is the author of two community-based ethnographies, Striving and Surviving: A Daily Life Analysis of Honduran Transnational Families (Routledge 2005), and The Last Best Place?: Gender, Family and Migration in the New West (Stanford University Press 2014). Most recently she is co-author, with Cecilia Menjívar and Leisy Abrego, of Immigrant Families, which was published by Polity in 2016 as part of their Immigration & Society series. Most importantly, Leah is a mom to Micah (10) and Zola (9), and wife and partner to Steve Bruner.

Alelí Andrés is currently a senior at Amherst College majoring in Sociology. She grew up within a Mexican immigrant family that established themselves within a predominately Black and Latinx community in Maryland. Growing up in this community, she developed a strong sense of pride in her Mexican American identity through her exposure to positive images of Latinx immigrants as business owners, community leaders, and cultural conservators. At the same time, however, she witnessed and experienced first-hand the inequalities immigrants and people of color are subject to in this country. These experiences have undoubtedly shaped her personal life and academic interests. As a Sociology major, she has taken interest on issues of immigration and the lives of undocumented immigrants . She is currently working on her senior honors thesis, which focuses on the mobility paths of students that come from mixed-legal status families, specifically families that are composed of U.S.-citizen children and undocumented parent(s). Ultimately, through her research, she aims to shed light on how illegality is understood and experienced within the family context and include students within mixed-legal status families in conversations about the undocumented experience on campus. 

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