Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow, CSREA and THE WATSON INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS, 2017-2019
Ph.D., Northwestern Universityalmita_miranda@brown.edu
Almita A. Miranda is an interdisciplinary cultural anthropologist with research interests in race/ethnicity, gender, political economy, (im)migration, citizenship, transnationalism, Latinx families and grassroots organizing in the U.S. and Mexico.
Miranda's research focuses on Mexican mixed-status families, examining the ways in which undocumented immigrants, return migrants, and U.S. citizens navigate the legal and social constraints to which their family's uncertain status exposes them. Drawing on long-term ethnographic fieldwork in Chicago, IL and Zacatecas, Mexico, Miranda explores 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. Her work 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 Dissertation Fellowship, among others.
Miranda has taught courses in Anthropology and Latina/o Studies at Northwestern University and Dartmouth College. She has also served on the board of the Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists, and has spearheaded a mentoring program for junior scholars of color.