Emotional Diversity: Emotive Approaches to Coming-of-Age Experiences across the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

Endorsed by Women and Social Movements in the United States,1600–2000

Type: Panel Discussion

Tags: Borderlands; Immigration and Internal Migration; Latino/a


This panel will provide scholars with an opportunity to discuss the limitations and promise of investigating the emotional diversity grounding coming-of-age experiences of Mexican immigrant families across the U.S.-Mexico border. With the U.S. government’s enduring investment in the criminalization of immigrants, immigrant family life, and the immigrant experience, this panel will consider the urgent relevance of interrogating emotional diversity as a humane investigative pathway into researching the coming of age of Mexican immigrant families shouldering the emotional gravity of criminalization that often renders them deportable in the United States.

Session Participants

Chair: Laura D. Gutiérrez, University of the Pacific
Laura D. Gutiérrez earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego, and is currently an Assistant Professor of History at the University of the Pacific. Her historical research focuses on individuals and communities affected by forced removal reveals new facets of the complex social, economic, and political problems posed by policies of border enforcement. Her work has been supported by a number of fellowships and awards from sources such as the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States, the Immigration and Ethnic History Society, the Tinker Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Panelist: Ana Elizabeth Rosas, University of California, Irvine
Ana Elizabeth Rosas is an Associate Professor of Chicano-Latino Studies and History at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Her book, Abrazando El Espiritu: Bracero Families Confront the U.S.-Mexico border received the Immigration and Ethnic History Society’s Theodore Soloutos Memorial Book Award. In 2018, she became the first UCI faculty member to be awarded UCI’s Office of the Chancellor’s Mentor of the Year Award in Undergraduate Student Research in the School of Humanities and School of Social Sciences simultaneously. Her current research magnifies the intergenerational emotive investments of Mexican immigrant families in Mexico and the United States.

Panelist: Lilia Soto, University of Wyoming
Dr. Lilia Soto is Director and Associate Professor of Latina/o Studies and American Studies at the University of Wyoming. She is the author of Girlhood in the Borderlands (New York University, 2018).