Deborah A. Boehm


Associate Professor, Anthropology and Women's Studies
Ph.D. University of New Mexico
Mack Social Science, Room 124 (Gender, Race and Identity Program); Ansari Business Building room 504
(775) 682-6503 (MSS)


Cultural anthropology; (im)migration, transnationalism, and globalization; gender and women's studies; childhood and kinship; Mexico, the U.S. West and Southwest, and the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands


My research focuses on how gender and family are affected by migration and deportation among transnational Mexicans. I conduct ongoing ethnographic fieldwork in a rural community in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí with a long history of migration, as well as several locales in the United States where migrants from the town live. I have worked with Mexican (im)migrants for the past decade in both Mexico and the United States, conducting research and volunteering with immigrant advocacy organizations. A book based on this fieldwork, Intimate Migrations: Gender, Family, Illegality among Transnational Mexicans, was published in 2012 (New York University Press). My current research projects explore return migration and deportation, the gendered character of migrants' interactions with the U.S. state, cross-border families with mixed U.S. immigration statuses, and transnational childhood. In addition, I am part of a project that studies place and community at Burning Man.


  • Gender Across Cultures
  • Theories of Identity and Difference
  • Introduction to Women's Studies - Honors
  • Gender and Migration: Women, Men, and Global Movement
  • Gender and Society
  • Gender, Literature, and the Arts
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Selected Publications

  • Boehm, Deborah A. 2012. Intimate Migrations: Gender, Family, and Illegality among Transnational Mexicans. New York, NY: New York University Press.
  • Boehm, Deborah A. 2012. Comment - "'Awakening to a Nightmare': Abjectivity and Illegality in the Lives of Undocumented 1.5 Generation Latino Immigrants in the United States" by Roberto G. Gonzales and Leo R. Chavez. Current Anthropology 63(3): 268-269.
  • Boehm, Deborah A. 2011. "Deseos y Dolores: Mapping Desire, Suffering and (Dis)loyalty within Transnational Partnerships." International Migration 49(6): 95-106.
  • Boehm, Deborah A. and Heidi Swank. 2011. "Affecting Global Movement: The Emotional Terrain of Transnationality." International Migration 49(6): 1-6.
  • Boehm, Deborah A. 2011. "US-Mexico Mixed Migration in an Age of Deportation: An Inquiry into the Transnational Circulation of Violence." Refugee Survey Quarterly 30 (1): 1-21.
  • Boehm, Deborah A. 2011. "Here/Not Here: Contingent Citizenship and Transnational Mexican Children." In Everyday Ruptures: Children, Youth, and Migration in Global Perspective. Edited by Cati Coe, Rachel Reynolds, Deborah A. Boehm, Julia Meredith Hess, and Heather Rae-Espinoza. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press. Pp. 161-173.
  • Coe, Cati, Rachel Reynolds, Deborah A. Boehm, Julia Meredith Hess, and Heather Rae-Espinoza, eds. 2011. Everyday Ruptures: Children, Youth, and Migration in Global Perspective. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press.
  • Boehm, Deborah A. 2009. "'¿Quien sabe?': Deportation and Temporality among Transnational Mexicans." Urban Anthropology and Studies of Cultural Systems and World Economic Development 38 (2-4): 345-374
  • Boehm, Deborah A. 2008. "'For my children': Constructing Family and Navigating the State in the U.S.-Mexico Transnation." Anthropological Quarterly, Vol. 81, No. 4. Pp. 765-790.
  • Boehm, Deborah A. 2008. "'Now I am a man and a woman!': Gendered Moves and Migrations in a Transnational Mexican Community." Latin American Perspectives, Issue 158, 35 (1). Pp. 16-30.
  • Boehm, Deborah A. and Maria Bianet Castellanos, eds. 2008. Latin American Perspectives, Issue 158, 35 (1). A special issue titled, "Engendering Mexican Migration: Articulating Gender, Regions, Circuits."
  • Castellanos, Maria Bianet and Deborah A. Boehm. 2008. "Introduction." Latin American Perspectives, Issue 158, 35 (1). Pp. 5-15.
  • Boehm, Deborah A. 2004. "Gender(ed) Migrations: Shifting Gender Subjectivities in a Transnational Mexican Community." Working Paper No. 100. Center for Comparative Immigration Studies - University of California at San Diego.
  • Boehm, Deborah A. 2001. "'From Both Sides': (Trans)nationality, Citizenship, and Belonging among Mexican Immigrants to the United States." Rethinking Refuge and Displacement, Selected Papers on Refugees and Immigrants Volume VIII, 2001. Elzbieta M. Gozdziak and Dianna J. Shandy, eds. American Anthropological Association, Committee on Refugees and Immigrants. Pp. 111-141.