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Xóchitl Bada

Associate Professor, Latin American and Latino Studies, UIC

Xóchitl Bada earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame in 2008 and is now an Associate Professor in the Latin American and Latino Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Her research interests include immigrant access to political and social rights, Black-Latino relations, immigrant organizing strategies, rural development in labor expulsion regions, and transnational labor advocacy mobilization in Mexico and the United States. She is a co-convener of De Aquí y de Allá. Jóvenes Sin Fronteras, the First Strategic Dialogue between Latino DACAmented leaders and young deported leaders celebrated in Mexico City in 2015. Her recent research has appeared in the journals Population, Space, and Place, Practicing Anthropology, Revista de la Asociación Latinoamericana de Sociología Rural, Migraciones Internacionales, Latino Studies, and The Latinamericanist. Her book, Mexican Hometown Associations in Chicagoacán: From Local to Transnational Civic Engagement (Rutgers University Press, 2014) demonstrates how and why emergent forms of citizen participation practiced by Mexican Hometown Associations (HTAs) engage simultaneously with political elites in Mexico and the US, and the ways they operate at multiple scales, from the local, to the state, national, and international. She is co-editor of Context Matters: Latino Immigrant Civic Engagement in Nine U.S. Cities, (bilingual edition, 2010) published by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She is currently analyzing the challenges Mexican citizens face for having access to birth certificates in Mexico´s rural areas and in consulates across the U.S. She is also engaged in two collaborative projects. With Jonathan Fox (American University), she is exploring continuities and changes in rural migration patterns in Mexico´s countryside between 2000 and 2010 to inform potential initiatives in favor of the right not to migrate. With Shannon Gleeson, she is researching the role of the Mexican Consulate in protecting the rights of Mexican workers in the United States.