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Cecilia  Menjívar

Professor of Sociology
Department: Sociology, Latin American Studies
Keywords: Gender, Law, Children and the Family, Central America, Immigration, Migrations, immigration laws and enforcement, Immigrant “il/legality,”

My immigration-related work focuses on how state power--through legal regimes, bureaucracies, and formal institutions--manifests in the microprocesses of immigrants’ everyday life in various contexts. I focus on the effects of the legal contexts that immigrants encounter (mostly) in the United States on family dynamics, gender relations, and on immigrants’ perceptions of themselves and others.