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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

  • 2021 - Lehman College Professors of Excellence Award
  • 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.
  • 2009 Faculty Recognition Award in Research and Scholarship in the Division of Arts and Humanities, Lehman College, May 13, 2009.




Recent Peer-reviewed Articles:

  • 2021        Gálvez, A. “Paqueteros and paqueteras: Humanizing a dehumanized food system,” Gastronomica. Issue 21.1, Spring 2021,
  • 2020        Bravo, Lizbeth; Edith Carrasco; Kathryn Chuber; Daisy Flores; and Gálvez, A., “Teaching and learning with intimidating texts: How we came to love a difficult book” Teaching and Learning Anthropology journal, Vol 3 (1), July 2020.
  • 2020        Gálvez, A. “Taking Susto Seriously: A Critique of Behavioral Approaches to Diabetes,” and “Chronic Disaster: Reimagining Noncommunicable Chronic Disease” with Megan Carney and Emily Yates-Doerr In Vital Topics Forum: Chronic Disaster: Reimagining NonCommunicable Chronic Disease, The Nutrire CoLab (Diana Burnett; Megan A. Carney; Lauren Carruth; Sarah Chard; Maggie Dickinson; Alyshia Gálvez; Hanna Garth; Jessica Hardin; Adele Hite; Heather Howard; Lenore Manderson; Emily Mendenhall; Abril Saldaña-Tejeda; Dana Simmons; Natali Valdez; Emily Vasquez; Megan Warin; Emily Yates-Doerr). American Anthropologist, Sept. 2020. DOI: 10.1111/aman.13443 and 10.1111/aman.13437.
  • 2019        Gálvez, A. “Transnational mother blame: Protecting and caring in a globalized context,” Medical Anthropology, Published online 10/3/2019. DOI: 10.1080/01459740.2019.1653866.
  • 2019        Gálvez, A. “Efficiency,” in “Rural Social Forms,” A special issue of the Journal for the Anthropology of North America, Edited by Alex Blanchette and Marcel LaFlamme, Published Nov. 20, 2019. 10.1002/nad.12096
  • 2019        Gálvez, A. and Luque Brazan, J.C.. “Capitalismo de chupacabras en una era post-política y post-migratoria,” Huellas de la Migración,  [S.l.], v. 4, n. 7, p. 109-138, jul. 2019. ISSN 2594-2832. 
  • 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)

Other recent publications:

Grants (Recent):

  • 2019         CUNY Interdisciplinary Research Grant (IRG) Program, entitled “Social networks and dietary patterns of food insecure immigrant Latino families”, Co-PIs Karen Flórez, CUNY School of Public Health, Gálvez and Stephanie Rupp, Lehman College. Funding for the period of September 1, 2019 – January 2021. 
  • 2019         Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia, Orjuela (PI) 7/1/19-6/30/21  Immigrant Adherence to Traditional Mexican Diet and Food Preparation in CRyS study. Goal: to use an interdisciplinary working group to classify adherence to traditional Mexican diet and food preparation in a population of first generation Mexican immigrants in NYC
  • 2019         Taking Stock: The Shifting Terrain of Citizenship among People of Mexican Origin in the United States, Phillip Gonzales and Renato Rosaldo, editors, School for Advanced Research, New Mexico, March 9-16, 2019.
  • 2018         NIH Grant titled “Social network influences on diabetes-related health behaviors among Mexican-Americans adults across the acculturation spectrum”, PI: Karen Florez, Department of Environmental, Occupational and Geospatial Sciences, CUNY SPH. NIH, PAR-16-064 ‘Small Grants for New Investigators to Promote Diversity in Health-Research (R21).’

Conference and Panel Presentations and Invited Speaking Engagements (Recent):

  • 2021         Keynote, Campbell Foundation, Oct. 2021.
  • 2021         Panelist, Children in All Policies, CAP-2030 , “Are we selling children & adolescents a lifetime of ill-health?” July 7, 2021.
  • 2021         Panelist, The Social Determinants of Mental Health: Implications for Clinical Practice, NYU, June 23, 2021.
  • 2021         Roundtable discussant, “Roundtable: Diet and Displacement: A Critical Roundtable on the Migration-Food Security Nexus,” and “El Susto,” Just Food Conference of the Association for the Study of Food and Society, June 9-15, 2021.
  • 2021         Workshop leader, “Exploring Inductive Approaches for Delivery of Service:
    Building Meaningful Collaborations with Families” with Cesar Zuniga, Parent Child + Conference, May 20, 2021.
  • 2021         Panelist, “Worlds in Contention,” Ohio State University, May 7-8, 2021.
  • 2021         Guest lecture, Lehman College, Bertrade Banoum, instructor, (virtual) April 26, 2021.
  • 2021         Moderator, Panel, Teaching with Transformative Texts, Lehman College, April 12, 2021.
  • 2021         Moderator, Panel, Prestigious Awards, Prestigious Awards Day, April 9, 2021.
  • 2021         Keynote: “Food sovereignty and cultural agency: how a human-scaled trade and food policy would benefit us all.” Grain School, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, April 1, 2021.
  • 2021         “America Divided:  Bridging Differences on Immigration, Race and Economic Equity,” NYU’s Multinational Institute of American Studies.  March 22, 2021.
  • 2021         "Our Immigrant City:  A Panel Conversation on Immigration in New York City," Columbia University, Migration Working Group. Feb. 5, 2021.