Deborah A. Boehm


Associate Professor,

Anthropology and Women's Studies/Gender, Race, and Identity
Ph.D. University of New Mexico
Thompson Building 118

Office Hours Spring 2019: Wednesdays 8:30-10:30 AM and by appointment.

Gender, Race and Identity Program
(775) 682-6503


Cultural anthropology; immigration, deportation, and detention; gender and women's studies; childhood and kinship; Mexico, the United States and the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands


My research focuses on how immigration and "illegality" intersect with gendered family relations; the experiences of children and youth in transnational perspective; and, most recently, immigration control, detention and deportation in the 21st century. Several publications have come out of this work, including Intimate Migrations: Gender, Family, and Illegality among Transnational Mexicans (New York University Press 2012) and Returned: Going and Coming in an Age of Deportation (University of California Press, 2016), and a co-edited collection, Everyday Ruptures: Children, Youth, and Migration in Global Perspective (Vanderbilt University Press, 2011). My research has been supported by an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, Fulbright-Garcia Robles Award, and residencies at the School for Advanced Research, the University of Arizona School of Anthropology, and the Center for the Study of Law and Society at the University of California-Berkeley. My projects include a study of spaces of invisibility and isolation in U.S. immigration detention regimes and a collaborative project (with Susan Terrio from Georgetown University) about undocumented migrant children and youth who are categorized as "unaccompanied" by the U.S. government.


I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Anthropology and the Gender, Race, and Identity Program, including crosslisted classes that explore topics such as gender across cultures, global movement, and intersectionality.

  • Gender Across Cultures
  • Gender and Migration
  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Introduction to Women's Studies
  • Seminar in Cultural Anthropology
  • Theories of Identity and Difference
  • Theories of Oppression

Selected Publications


Edited Volumes

  • Boehm, Deborah A. and Susan Terrio, eds. 2018 (Under Contract). Illegal Encounters: Migration, Detention, and Deportation in the Lives of Young People. New York, NY: New York University Press.
  • 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. Edited by. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • Boehm, Deborah A. 2018 (Under Contract). "Un/making Family: Relatedness, Migration, and Displacement in a Global Age." In The Cambridge Handbook for the Anthropology of Kinship. Edited by Sandra Bamford. Cambridge University Press.
  • Boehm, Deborah A. 2017. "Separated Families: Barriers to Family Reunification After Deportation." Journal on Migration and Human Security 5(2): 401-416
  • Boehm, Deborah A. 2016. "The Destinations of Deportation." Practicing Anthropology 38 (1):36-37
  • Boehm, Deborah A. 2015."'Now I am a Man and a Woman!'-Gendered Moves and Migrations in a Transnational Mexican Community." In The Gender, Culture and Power Reader. Edited by Dorothy L Hodgson. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Boehm, Deborah A. 2013. "'¿Quien Sabes?': Deportation and Temporality among Transnational Mexicans."Governing Immigration Through Crime: A Reader. Edited by Julie A. Downing and Jonathan Xavier Inda. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. Pp. 217-232.
  • Boehm, Deborah A. 2011."US-Mexico Mixed Migration in and 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  aEnd 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.
  • Boehm, Deborah A., Julia Meredith Hess, Cati Coe, Heather Rae-Espinoza, and Rachel Reynolds. 2011. "Children, Youth and the Everyday Ruptures of Migration" In Everyday Ruptures: Children, Youth and Migration in Global Perspective. Edited by Cati Coe, Rachel Reynolds, Deborah A. Boehm, Julia Meredith Hess, Heather Rae-Espinoza. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press. Pp. 1-19.
  • Boehm, Deborah A. 2011. "Deseos y Delores: Mapping Desire, Suffering and (Dis)loyalty within Transnational Partnerships." International Migration 49(6):95-106.
  • Boehm, Deborah A. and Heidi Swank. 2011. "Interduction-Affecting Global Movement: The Emotional Terrain of Transnationality." International Migration 49(6): 1-6.
  • Boehm, Deborah A. 2008. "'For My Children': Condtructing Family and Navigating the State in the U.S.-Mexico Transnation." Anthropological Quarterly 81(4):777-802.