BOOKS

In her gripping new book, Alyshia Gálvez exposes how changes in policy following NAFTA have fundamentally altered one of the most basic elements of life in Mexico – sustenance. Mexicans are faced with a food system that favors food security over subsistence agriculture, development over sustainability, market participation over social welfare, and ideologies of self-care over public health. Trade agreements negotiated to improve lives have sometimes failed, resulting in unintended consequences for people’s everyday lives.

This book takes us from inside the halls of a busy metropolitan hospital’s public prenatal clinic to the Oaxaca and Puebla states in Mexico to look at the ways Mexican women manage their pregnancies. The mystery of the paradox lies perhaps not in the recipes Mexican-born women have for good perinatal health, but in the prenatal encounter in the United States. Patient Citizens, Immigrant Mothers is a migration story and a look at the ways that immigrants are received by our medical institutions and by our society.

Through rich ethnographic research that illuminates Catholicism as practiced by Mexicans in New York, Gálvez shows that it is through Guadalupan devotion that many undocumented immigrants are finding the will and vocabulary to demand rights, immigration reform, and respect. She also reveals how such devotion supports and emboldens immigrants in their struggle to provide for their families and create their lives in the city with dignity.

 

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

In Central Park, white privilege has been weaponized before

On Memorial Day, a few blocks from where I live, a white woman illegally walking her dog off-leash called the police on a black man birdwatching. She screeched, her hands trembling as she dialed 911 and concocted a story directly contradicted by video evidence tweeted by the man’s sister. Even though she soon apologized, many on Twitter found it empty, and accused the white woman of weaponizing her white privilege.
She did not do so in a neutral place. Read more...

"Efficiency"

Efficiency: this concept, perhaps more than any other, provides an underlying logic to social, political, and economic formations in North America. But it is what I argue to be the term’s misuse, rather than its true definition, that drives the current neoliberal policy landscape, especially the key arrangement linking the economies of the continent’s three countries: the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), or, the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), as it was recently rebranded. Read more...

Teaching and learning with intimidating texts: How we came to love a difficult book

Article co-authored with Lizbeth Bravo, Edith Carrasco; Kathryn Chuber; Daisy Flores and published in Teaching and Learning Anthropology .
In this article we argue for a slow, methodical, and collaborative approach to difficult texts. This article is the story of how, thanks to the efforts of the students and professor, a book that rewards diligent effort, and some creative pedagogical strategies borne of desperation, the experience of reading Alex E. Chávez’s Sounds of Crossing became a highlight of our college experience. 

Critical understandings of children's rights: an inductive approach

International 
Perspectives on Practice and Research into Children's Rights

Human Centered Trade:

Still Possible?

In early May 2019, U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to impose tariffs on Mexican tomatoes, pushed at least in part by Florida tomato farmers who couldn’t compete with Mexican growers. The current North American tomato market is a product of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), in which Mexico turned toward large-scale industrialized fruit and vegetable export agriculture and free trade was imagined to level the playing field. Why would tariffs, the antithesis of free trade, be proposed as a solution to a free trade produced problem? First, we have to see what NAFTA intended to do and what it has actually done...Read more...

Unafraid and Unapologetic, Still

with Melissa Escano, Marlen Fernandez and Luis Saavedra
NACLA Report on the Americas

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Recent Speaking Engagements

  • 9/8-9     New York, NY -  Corn Symposium, The New School, September 8-9, 2019. Read what Bon Appetit said about the Corn Symposium here.
  • 9/10       New York, NY - The Chasers, Book talk by Renato Rosaldo, Commentary by Alyshia Gálvez NYU CLACS Faculty Working Group on Racisms in Comparative Perspective, September 10, 2019, 6:00 PM
 
  • 9/16        Brooklyn, NY - The Chasers, Book talk by Renato Rosaldo, Commentary by Alyshia Gálvez, Greenlight Bookstore, September 16, 2019, 7:30 PM
 
  • 9/20        New York, NY- Premiere of ¡Salud! Myths and Realities of Mexican Immigrant Health, CUNY Graduate Center, Sept. 20, 2019
 
  • 9/18          Montclair, NJ  -  Food Studies Research Colloquium, Montclair State University Wed. Sept. 18, 2019
 
  • 10/8          Charleston, SC- Lecture, Eating Nafta: Trade, Food Policies and the Destruction of Mexico, College of Charleston, October 8, 2019
  • 10/22.       New Brunswick, NJ-- Keynote, Eating Nafta: Trade, Food Policies and the Destruction of Mexico
 
  • 11/1-2         New York, NY - Food Tank: Highlighting stories of hope and success in the food system, Skirball Center, New York University. 
  • 11/4-5       Tlaxcala, Mexico - Presentación de libro, Eating Nafta: Trade, Food Policies and the Destruction of Mexico, November 4, 2019, y Conferencia Magistral: "El efecto del Tratado de libre comercio en la salud e integridad de las familias mexicanas: Salud, trauma, y movilidad,” Universidad Autónoma de Tlaxcala, November 5 2019
 
  • 11/9           Honolulu, Hawai’i - Panel Presentation Ethnography Caucus: Fieldwork Dilemmas: Ethnographic Research in American Culture, Sat, November 9, 10:00 to 11:45am, Hawai'i Convention Center, Mtg Rm 325 A,  American Studies Association Annual Meeting Panel.
 
  • 11/22        Washington, DC - Panel Presentation, “Religion in Mexican Politics, Migration, and Mexican American Communities,” Mexican Cultural Institute/Georgetown University, Friday, November 22, 2019
  • 2/5/20     Chicago, IL, Guest Lecture, University of Chicago, Chad Broughton, instructor
  • 2/17/20   University of Arizona, Megan Carney, instructor
  • 2/24/20  Burlington, VT - Guest Lecture, University of Vermont, Teresa Mares, instructor

  • 3/1/20    Mexico- Frutas y Verduras México. Virtual webinar. More info.

  • 3/5/20    Bronxville, NY-  Panel, Immigration Politics, Sarah Lawrence College, organized by Drs. Luisa Heredia and Deanna Barenboim

  • 4/6/20    New York, NY - Guest Lecture, The New School, Rachel Heiman, instructor

  • 4/22/20    New York, NY - Guest Lecture, The New School, Raúl Rubio, instructor

 

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