The Transborder Migration and Critical Ethnography Lab

HOLTVILLE, CA – OCTOBER 08: Mexican agricultural workers stand the the pre-dawn chill before starting work on October 8, 2013 in Holtville, California. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

The Transborder Migration and Critical Ethnography Lab (TMCE Lab) is my intellectual investment in understanding the cultural, political, economic, human, and non-human interactions that happen within, across, and beyond the US-Mexico border. Formed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is a period of awakening for all of us (researchers mainly) to do a better job in documenting the inequalities across race, class, gender, and sexuality in US society and beyond. 

The TMCE Lab connects undergraduates and graduate students and other researchers to an intellectual community interested in offering a critical understanding of the dynamics of migration from a transborder lens. In the future, expect events organized by the TMCE Lab to promote the study of borders, society, and culture. Secondly, the TMCE Lab uses ethnography as a fundamental tool to capture the complexities of these uneven cultural terrains. 

Through the Aggie Research Programs, five undergraduate students are currently working on my project on Latinx Cancer Patients. It is an ethnographic study of undocumented Latin American migrants to Brazos County, Texas. The goal is to understand how citizenship affects their access to healthcare and what types of cultural coping strategies migrants develop to fight the disease.