University of Texas at El Paso
Sociology / Anthropology Faculty List    

Guillermina Gina Núñez-Mchiri, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Anthropology


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  • Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California, Riverside 2006


University of Texas Regents' Teaching Award, 2012

Courses taught:

  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Ethnographic Research Methods
  • Urban Anthropology (focus on Colonias)
  • Applied Cultural Anthropology
  • Professional Development in Sociology (MA)


Research Interests:

  • U.S.-Mexico border studies: urbanization and settlement processes.
  • Mexican migration in the U.S.: Issues of education, language, culture, and human rights
  • Colonias and community development: Social and environmental justice of U.S-Mexico communities
  • Applied anthropology: Application of social sciences towards community-based participatory research


Núñez, Guillermina. 2014. Engaging Scholarship with Community. Journal of Hispanic Higher  Education. Vol. 13(2): 95-115. 

Seif, Hinda, Ullman, Char, and Guillermina Núñez-Mchiri, Introduction.  2014. Special Issue: Mexican (im)migrant students and 
    education: Constructions of and resistance to "illegality."   
Seif, Hinda, Ullman, Char, and Guillermina Núñez-Mchiri
    editors. Latino Studies. 12(2):   172-193.

Elsa Villa and Núñez, Guillermina.  2014. Accumulating Aspirational Capital for Latinas to Pursue and Persist in Engineering Studies.
 American Education Research Association.


Núñez, Guillermina. 2014.  Vivienda y justicia social en colonias. Visiones de aca y de alla. Implicaciones de la politica antimigrante en 
      las comunidades de origen mexicano en  Estados Unidos y Mexico.
  Mexico: UNAM.


Núñez, Guillermina. 2013. “Frida Kahlo’s Transcultural and Transnational Influence on Chicana  Identity Formation.”  In Remembering 
Edited by Roberta Orona-Cordova. Kendall  Hunt.  

 Moya, Eva and Guillermina G. Núñez @. 2013. Public Art, Service-learning, and Critical Reflection: Nuestra Casa as a Case Study of 
    Tuberculosis Awareness on the U.S-Mexico Border.  In
Reflections: A Journal of Service Learning and Reflections. Vol. 13 (1):127-    151. Edited by Isabel Baca and Cristina Kirklighter.


Núñez, Guillermina @. 2012. “Writing while Participating: Incorporating Ethnography in  Service-Learning Practicums 
    Across the Curriculum.” In Paving the Way to 
Literacy(ies): Writing and Learning through Community Engagement, edited by Isabel
    Baca, 83-105.

Núñez, Guillermina. 2012. Housing, Colonias and Social Justice in the US Mexico Border Region. In Social Justice in the U.S. - Mexico 
    Border Region, edited by Mark Lusk and Eva Moya, 109-125. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer Science.

 Núñez, Guillermina G. and Josiah McC. Heyman. 2011. Comunidades de inmigrantes “atrapadas” en   los procesos de control de la 
    libre circulación: consecuencias de la intensificación de la  vigilancia en la zona fronteriza México-Estados Unidos
    In  Migración    y  Seguridad: Nuevo  desafío en México. Editora: Natalia Armijo Canto, 105-126. Mexico: Casede. [Translated  
    version of the 2007 Human Organization article: Entrapment Processes and Immigrant  Communities in a Time of Heightened     
    Border Vigilance.

Núñez, Guillermina G. and Georg Klamminger**. 2010. “Centering the Margins: The Transformation   of Community in Colonias on the
     U.S.-Mexico Border.” In The Paso del Norte Metropolitan  Region: Global Inequalities, Cities, and Citizens at the Mexico-U.S. 
.  Edited by Kathleen Staudt, Cesar M. Fuentes, and Julia E. Monarrez Fragoso, 147-172. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Talavera, Victor**, Guillermina G. Núñez, Josiah Mc. Heyman. 2010. "Deportation in the U.S.- Mexico Borderlands: Anticipation, 
    Experience, and Memory," in Deportation Regime: Sovereignty,  Space, and the Freedom of Movement. Edited by Nicholas De Genova
    and Nathalie Peutz, 166-195. Duke University Press.

Núñez-Mchiri, Guillermina G. 2009. “The Political Ecology of the Colonias on the U.S.-Mexico Border: Human-Environmental 
    Challenges and Community Responses in Southern New Mexico.” Southern Rural Sociology. 24(1): 67-91.

Núñez, Guillermina, Alfonso Sanchez**, Jennifer Chaparro*, and Francisco Rodriguez*@. 2009.  “Bridging the Academy and 
    the Community through Service Learning and Civic Engagement: The Border Poll Crew in El Paso, Texas.” Texas Compact Impact: A 
    Service Learning Journal.
Vol. 1. 2009.

Heyman, Josiah McC., with Maria Cristina Morales and Guillermina G. Núñez-Mchiri @. 2009. “Engaging with the Immigrant Human 
    Rights Movement in a Besieged Border Region: What Do Applied Social Scientists Bring to the Policy Process?” In Anthropology
    and Immigration.
  Edited by Alayne Unterberger. NAPA [National Association for the Practice of Anthropology]         
    Bulletin. Arlington, VA: American Anthropological Association. NAPA BULLETIN 31: (13– 29).

 Heyman, Josiah McC., Guillermina Gina Núñez, and Victor Talavera**. 2009. “Health Care Access and Barriers for Unauthorized 
    Immigrants in El Paso County, Texas.”  Family and Community Health, 32 (1): 4-21.

Núñez, Guillermina G. and Alfonso Sánchez**@. 2008. “The Border Poll Crew: Engaging Bilingual Youth in Local Elections in El Paso, 
    Texas.”  Practicing Anthropology. 30 (2): 45-48.

Núñez, Guillermina G. and Josiah McC. Heyman. 2007. “Entrapment Processes and Immigrant Communities in a Time of 
      Heightened Border Vigilance.”  Human Organization. 66(4): 356- 364.

Núñez, Guillermina G. 2006. “In Search of the Next Harvest.” In Homelands: Women’s Journeys Across Race, Place, and Time. Edited 
    by Justine Tumang and Jenesha De Rivera, 17-24. Emeryville, CA: Seal Press.

Vélez-Ibáñez, Carlos G., Guillermina Núñez and Dominique Rissolo. 2002. “Off the Back of Others”: The Political Ecology of 
    Credit, Debit, and Class Formation Among Colonias of New Mexico and Elsewhere.”  In Both Sides of the Border. Transboundary 
    Environmental Management Issues Facing Mexico and the United States
. Edited by R. Carson and L. Fernandez, 97-116      
    Amsterdam: Kuwer Academic Press and IGCC.

 NOTE: ** Indicates publication with graduate student co-author. * Indicates publications with undergraduate students co-authors, as evidence of mentorship, collaboration, and shared publication credit.  @Indicates community-based participatory research based publication. 


Collective authorship and performance by Wise Latina International. Aquilar, Celia; Amato, Elizabeth,; de Aztlan, Cemelli; 
    Carmona, Lucia; Chavez, Liz; Chew, Selfa; Devez, Tiffany; Flores, Griselda; Gutierrez, Mayra*, Lucero, Jen; Núñez -Mchiri, 
    Gina,  and Lizette, Saucedo.   2014. Yo Soy Theater/Performance of Ten Key historical Latina rolemodels.


Nunez, Guillermina and Josiah McC. Heyman. 2012.  “Entrapment and (Im)Mobility on the U.S. – Mexico Border.  Voices of 
. 92. Winter 2011/Spring 2012.


Núñez -Mchiri, Guillermina G. 2011.  “New Mexico Agriculture and Farm Workes Today/ La Agricultura en Nuevo Mexico y los 
    Trabajadores Agricolas Hoy en Día
.”  Article in Nuevos Paisanos: Guide for Immigration Resources in El Paso, Texas. May 2011.

Núñez -Mchiri, Guillermina G. 2011. “A Cage of Gold is Still a Prison/Aunque la Jaula sea de Oro, no Deja de ser Prisión.”  Article in 
    Nuevos Paisanos
: Guide for Immigration Resources in El Paso, Texas. February 2011, inaugural edition.


Núñez-Mchiri, G. G. 2010. Book Review of Against Machismo: Young Adult Voices in Mexico City.  Josué Ramirez.  New 
    York: Berghahn Books. 2008. viii+138pp.Ethos, 38: 1–3.

Núñez -Mchiri, Guillermina G. 2008. “Colonias.” In The Borderlands: An Encyclopedia of Culture and  Politics on the U.S.-
    Mexico Divide.
Edited by Andrew G. Wood.

Núñez -Mchiri, Guillermina G.   2007. Book review of Laura Velasco Ortiz’ Mixtec Transnational Identity. Journal of Latin American 
11(2): 475-477.

 Núñez, Guillermina G. 2006. “The Political Ecology of Colonias in the Hatch Valley: Towards an  Applied Social Science of the U.S.-    Mexico Border.” PhD. Dissertation. Department of  Anthropology. Riverside: University of California.

Chávez Bell, Virginia and Guillermina G. Núñez. 2004. Economic Development Assessment for  Census Tract 14 Northern Doña 
    Ana  County, New Mexico. Las Cruces Affordable Housing, Inc. contracted by the Mesilla Economic Valley Economic Development 
    Alliance HUD   Contract. August 22, 2004.

 Núñez, Guillermina G. 2003. Border Tax Preparer’s Efforts to Target High Fees to Low Income  Border Residents in Texas and New 
    Mexico Report. Annie E. Casey Foundation. April 24, 2003.

Vélez-Ibáñez, Carlos G. with Guillermina Núñez and Dominique Rissolo. 2000. The Census 2000  Colonias Ethnography Project. U.S. 
    Census Bureau, Department of Commerce. Suitland, MD.

Núñez, Guillermina G. 1998. “The Reconfiguration of Space and the Transformation of Rural Identities: A Case Study of San Rafael, 
    Querétaro.” Master’s Thesis. Department of Latin   American Studies San Diego State University.








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