Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



Document Type



Latino/a migration scholarship has largely focused on the motivations to migrate and the assimilation of men migrants. When gender is considered in migration research, it is often treated as a demographic characteristic used to track differences in trends between men and women migrants rather than as a structuring entity informing the migration experience. Recent feminist scholars have shifted focus, employing gender as a theoretical tool to understand how gender shapes the migrant experience before, during and after migration. My research draws upon this theoretical approach and uses data collected via in-depth interviews in an attempt to understand how gender shapes an individual’s opportunities and motivations to migrate, the pre-migration communication they receive about crossing the Mexico-US border, and how crossing experiences are communicated post-migration. Findings indicate that both motivations to migrate and communication about crossing experiences are tied to gendered familial roles.

Committee Chair

Becker, Sarah

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