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Transnational migration scholar Leo Chavez headlines public lecture series

March 06, 2013

Arizona State University’s Comparative Border Studies initiative is hosting professor Leo Chavez as its spring 2013 Scholar-In-Residence for a three-lecture series March 18, 20 and 22. The transnational migration expert will speak at ASU’s Tempe and West campuses.

The series is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested and can be made at

The three Scholar-In-Residence public lectures include the following:

March 18: “The construction of ‘anchor babies’ and implications for creating a class/caste.” The lecture is scheduled from 6 to 7:30 p.m., in Classroom/Lab/Computer Classroom (CLCC), room 180, on ASU's West campus.

March 20: “Immigration trends and xenophobia.” The talk takes place 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., in Institute of Humanities Research (IHR), Social Sciences (SS) Building, room 109, on ASU's Tempe campus.

March 22: “From SB 1070 to anticipating immigration reform.” The discussion is set for noon-3 p.m. in Memorial Union, room 85, Union Stage, on ASU's Tempe campus.

Professor Leo Chavez received his doctorate from Stanford University and is currently a professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. His research examines various issues related to transnational migration – including immigrant families and households, labor market participation, motivations for migration, use of medical services, semiotics of visual imagery and media constructions of “immigrant” and “nation.”

Chavez has authored books including “Shadow Lives: Undocumented Immigrants in American Society,” “Covering Immigrations: Popular Images and the Politics of the Nation” and “The Latino Threat: Constructing Immigrants, Citizens, and the Nation.” His recently published research includes “Undocumented Immigrants and Medical Care: Popular Perceptions and Empirical Realities in Social Science & Medicine and “’Awakening to a Nightmare’: Abjectivity and Illegality in the Lives of Undocumented 1.5 Generation Latino Immigrants in the United States,” with Robert G. Gonzales in Current Anthropology.

Within the School of Transborder Studies in ASU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Comparative Border Studies initiative is designed to bring scholars, artists and publics together to discuss and debate issues pertaining to geopolitical and cultural borders. For more information, contact Elizabeth Cantú at 979-492-7502 or; or visit