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Department of Latin American, Latino and Puerto Rican Studies

Faculty - Alyshia Gálvez


Alyshia GálvezE-mail Address:
Phone Number: 718-960-5115
Office: Carman Hall, Room 288
Rank: Professor
Degrees and Sources of Degrees: B.A., Columbia Univ.; M.A., Ph.D., New York Univ.

Academic Interests


Gálvez is a cultural and medical anthropologist with specializations in the areas of immigration and migration, citizenship and rights, Mexico and Mexican populations, Latin America, and Latin@s in the United States, trade, health, health disparities, reproduction, chronic disease, religion, and performance.

Awards and Honors

  • 2017 - Book Completion Award. CUNY. “Eating NAFTA:  Trade and Food Policies and the Destruction of Mexico,” Funding for the period of May 1, 2017 – April 30, 2018.
  • 2014 - PSC-CUNY Grant 45-303, Eating NAFTA: The impact of trade policy on food practices and health in Mexican communities
  • 2014 Honoree, Asociación Tepeyac Gala
  • 2013 "Women of Distinction Award", Bronx Free Press.
  • 2009 Faculty Recognition Award in Research and Scholarship in the Division of Arts and Humanities, Lehman College, May 13, 2009.




Recent Articles:

  • 2018 “Critical understandings of children's rights: an inductive approach” for the edited volume, International Perspectives on Practice and Research into Children's Rights, BAICE (the British affiliate of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies). (PDF)
  • 2017 “How the North American Free Trade Agreement Contributed to Health Setbacks in Mexico,” Policy Brief. Scholar Strategy Network,
  • 2017: Improving Policy to Address Migrant Health. Anthropology News, 58, 37.
  • 2017 “Unafraid and Unapologetic, Still,” NACLA Report on the Americas, 49:2, 198-205, DOI: 10.1080/10714839.2017.1331826,
  • 2017 Gálvez, A. and Nicholas Freudenberg, “How NAFTA got Mexicans hooked on U.S. junk food,” Dallas Morning News, May 1, 2017,
  • 2017 “Sanctuary, An Old Religious Idea Becomes a New Religious Movement (Again),” in Cosmologics, the magazine of the Harvard Divinity School,
  • 2015  Guizardi, M.L. y Luque Brazán, J.C. eds., “¿(Des)dibujar las fronteras de lo político? Reflexiones acerca de la experiencia migrante y de la perspectiva transnacional. Entrevista a Bela Feldman-Bianco, Eduardo Domenech, Alyshia Galvéz y Carolina Stefoni.” Revista Andamios (México), 12(28): 173-196.
  • 2014 “Migration,” in Keywords for American Cultural Studies, Glenn Hendler and Bruce Burgett, eds., New York: New York University Press.
  • 2014 “Immigrant Citizenship: Neoliberalism, Immobility and the Vernacular Meanings of Citizenship,” in Transnational Citizenship Across the Americas, Ulla Berg and Robyn Rodriguez, eds, Routledge.
  • 2014 “The Original Dreamers,” in Vital Topics Forum on Latinos and the Immigration Debate, American Anthropologist, Vol. 116, No. 1: 1-14.
  • 2014  “Strivers into Patients: How public prenatal care may disempower future citizens,” NACLA Report on the Americas,  Winter 2013.
  • 2010 “Resolviendo: How September 11th tested and transformed a New York City Mexican immigrant organization” in Politics and Partnerships: The Role of Voluntary Associations in America’s Political Past and Present, Elisabeth Clemens and Doug Guthrie, Editors, Chicago: University of Chicago. (PDF)

Recent News:

Conference and Panel Presentations and Invited Speaking Engagements (Recent)

  • [2019] - Invited seminar participant, Seminar entitled “Shifting Terrain of Citizenship among People of Mexican Origin in the United States,” Chaired and organized by Renato Rosaldo and Philip González, Advanced Seminar, School of Advanced Research, Santa Fe, New Mexico, March 9-14, 2019.
  • 2018 - Panelist and organizer, “Chronic disaster: Reimagining Diet-Related Disease As Structural Violence,” American Anthropological Association Meetings, November, 2018, San José, California.
  • 2018 - Invited speaker, “Food Deserts and Foodways,” Social Justice Research Academy at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, on July 13, 2018.
  • 2018 - Invited panelist, “Religious Liberty and the American Creed,” Fulbright Institute on the Civilization of the United States for a multinational group of university professors, NYU, July 12, 2018.
  • 2018 - Urban Food Policy Forum: Food, Trade, and Health:  What are the Connections? Alyshia Gálvez and David Sanders, CUNY School of Public Health, June 6, 2018.
  • 2018  - Guest speaker, Workshop in Cultural Anthropology, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Mexico City, Mexico, June 4, 2018.
  • 2018 - Keynote speaker, “Simposio, Ciencias Biológicas y de la Salud,” Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico, June 1, 2018.
  • 2018  - Invited panelist, “Symposium | Transnational Sanctuary: Ecologies of Migrant Care and the Politics of Solidarity,” New School University and New York University, April 11-12, 2018.
  • 2018 - Invited speaker, “Interrogating the Intersections of Race and Reproduction in Medicine, Science, and Technology,” Sponsored by Wenner-Gren Foundation, Feb. 15-16, 2018.
  • 2018 - Workshop facilitator with David Schwittek, “Guiding Student Research Inside and Outside of the Classroom,” Lehman College Provost's Faculty Retreat, "Mentoring Our Students, Mentoring Ourselves," Wave Hill, Bronx, New York, January 22, 2018.
  • 2018 - Seminar presentation, “Eating NAFTA: Food and Trade Policy and the Destruction of Mexico,” Poder del Consumidor, Mexico City, Mexico, Jan. 12, 2018.
  • 2017 - Roundtable Participant, “Migrant Resilience in A Hostile Time” with Denise E. Brennan – Georgetown University; Rochelle A. Davis – Georgetown University; Sealing Cheng – Chinese University of Hong Kong; Alyshia F. Galvez – Lehman College/City University of New York; Anouk de Koning – Radboud University; Eithne Luibheid; Irina C. Silber – City College of New York, American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Washington DC, Dec. 1, 2017.
  • 2017 - Invited discussant, “Reproductive Politics in the Age of Trump and Brexit,” with Sarah Franklin – University of Cambridge; Rayna Rapp – New York University; Faye Diana Ginsburg – New York University; Elise L. Andaya – University at Albany (SUNY); Risa D. Cromer – City University of New York; Dana-Ain Davis – Graduate Center; Carolyn Sufrin; Sarah Franklin – University of Cambridge; Alyshia F. Galvez – Lehman College/City University of New York,  American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Washington DC, Dec. 1, 2017.