Latino Migration, Rural Transformation & Development
Posted: September 14, 2010
5th Grade Child’s Vision of Migration to “el Otro Lado,” Children’s Participatory Workshop, “Mi Pueblo y el otro lado,” Veracruz, Mexico
Dr. Rebecca Torres has a NSF Early CAREER Award entitled, “Rural Transformation and Latino Transnational Migration and Settlement in the U.S. South,” (2006-2012) through the Geography and Spatial Sciences Program. Her multi-year project integrates a program of research, education and community outreach focused on understanding the social, economic, agricultural, cultural and political transformations of Latino transnational Migration in both new rural sending and receiving communities in Mexico and the US. The project seeks to make multi-scalar connections ranging from macro-level international migration policy, domestic neoliberal reforms, to the micro scale internal gendered dynamics of migrant households. Project activities have included multi-sited research in Veracruz, Yucatan, Michoacán and North Carolina; collaborative research and education initiatives with US-based NGOs; community workshops with Mexican sending communities; an international conference on migration and rural development; and new migration courses. Upcoming activities, in collaboration with UT graduate students, include fieldwork linking a Texas immigrant town with the Mexican origin community studied prior in the project, as well as research on children and migration in a Mexican sending village.