University of Wisconsin–Madison

Almita A. Miranda

Title: Assistant Professor of Geography and Chican@ and Latin@ Studies


Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University

PhD, Anthropology, Northwestern University

Research Areas

Political and cultural geography, race/ethnicity, gender, neoliberalism, (im)migration, citizenship, transnationalism, borders/boundaries, immigration law, social movements, mixed-status families, place and identities; Latinx ethnography; U.S., Mexico

Current Research

I am currently working on a book project, Living in Legal Limbo: Migration, Citizenship, and Mexican Mixed-Status Families, examining the ways in which undocumented immigrants, U.S. citizens, and return migrants navigate the legal and social constraints to which their family’s uncertain status exposes them in the U.S. and in Mexico. Drawing on long-term ethnographic fieldwork in Chicago, IL and Zacatecas, Mexico, I explore larger questions of state power and liminal subject-formation; race, legality, and citizenship; intra-household gender relations; and shifting patterns of kin and transnational migrant networks in the neoliberal era. My research has received funding from the National Science Foundation (GRF), the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies, and Dartmouth’s César Chávez Predoctoral Fellowship, among others. 

Courses Taught

Transnational Latinx Communities: Roots and Migrations (Fall 2019)

U.S.-Mexico Borderlands (Spring 2020)

Latinx Feminisms (Spring 2020) 


Department of Anthropology

Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies Program


Contact Information

Office Hours:

Mondays 2-3:30pm (Ingraham Hall 310) or by appointment

Mailing Address:

Department of Geography, Science Hall 421

550 North Park Street

Madison, Wisconsin 53706