Border Studies Program


  • We are still accepting applications for the Spring 2015 Border Studies Program! The deadline for applying is October 17, 2014. Apply now!
  • The BSP is excited to announce that we have new staff and family member, Alisha Vasquez! Read her bio and a brief Q&A here!
  • Maddie Taterka, Contributing Editor for Autostraddle and Fall 2012 BSP Alum, recently published a piece on the detention of child migrants in Arizona.
  • Spring 2014 Border Studies Program alum Alex Cook is working this summer with migrant advocacy group Migrant Justice. Read about his work with the Vermont based organization here.
  • Marcos Ramos, Earlham grad and Spring 2013 BSP alum is spending his summer in his native Brazil after having won a Davis Project for Peace Grant for his project “Navigating Discourses of Sexuality: Resistance to Homophobia in Brazil”. Read more here.
  • Read the participants' updates from the Borderlands and follow their experiences throughout the semester at our Border Studies blog.
  • Read BSP Instructor Katie Sharar's piece for NACLA's Border Wars blog on immigration enforcement in Texas' Big Bend region.
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A photo of a day of the dead altar in El Paso, Texas.

Day of the Dead Alter in El Paso, TX.

"The border society that has emerged over time as a result of massive population relocations is distinct from that of either the United States or Mexico; it is both an amalgam of the two and entirely different from either."

-David E. Lorey, The U.S.-Mexican Border in the Twentieth Century, 3


  • Anaya, Rudolfo. Bless Me, Ultima. Berkley, CA: Tonatiuh-Quinto Sol Publishers, 1992.
  • Boyle, T. Coraghessan. The Tortilla Curtain. Penguin Books, 1995.
  • Burciaga, José Antonio. Drink Cultura: Chicanismo. Santa Barbara: Joshua Odell Editions, 1993.
  • Burciaga, José Antonio. Spilling the Beans. Santa Barbara: Joshua Odell Editions, 1995.
  • Cantú, Norma Elia. Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera. Albuquerque, University of New Mexico Press, 1995.
  • Cisneros, Sandra. The House on Mango Street.
  • Fuentes, Carlos. The Crystal Frontier. Harcourt, Brace & Co., 1997.
  • Rechy, John. The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gomez. New York: Arcade Publishing, 1991.
  • Saenz, Benjamin Alire. Carry Me Like Water. Harper Perennial, 1995.
  • Sanchez, Ricardo. Canto y Grito--Mi Liberación: The Liberation of a Chicano Mind and Soul. Washington State UP, 1995.


  • Acuña, Rudolfo. Occupied in America: A History of Chicanos. Addison, 4th Edition, 1999.
  • Adler, Rudy, Victoria Criado, and Brett Huneycutt. Border Film Project: Photos by Migrants and Minutemen on the U.S.-Mexico Border. Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2007.
  • Anzaldúa. Gloria. Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza. San Francisco: Spinsters/Aunt Lute, 1987.
  • Bowden, Charles. Juárez: the laboratory of our future. Aperature Foundation, 1998.
  • Byrd, Bobby and Susannah Mississippi Bryd, eds. The Late Great Mexican Border: Reports from a Disappearing Line. Cinco Puntos Press, 1996.
  • Dunn, Timothy J. The Militarization of the U.S.-Mexico Border, 1978-1992: Low-Intensity Conflict Doctrine Come Home. Center for Mexican American Studies, 1996.
  • Dwyer, Augusta. On the Line: Life on the U.S. Mexican Border. London: Latin American Bureau, 1994.
  • Fox, Geoffrey. Hispanic Nation: Culture, Politics, and the Constructing of Identity. Birch Lane Press, 1996.
  • Gomez-Peña, Guillermo. The New World Border. San Francisco: City Lights, 1996.
  • Gomez-Peña, Guillermo. Warrior for Gringostroika. Saint Paul, MN: Graywolf Press, 1993.
  • Hickey, Maeve and Lawrence Taylor. Ambos Nogales: Intimate Portraits on the U.S.-Mexico Border. Santa Fe: School of American Research Press, 2002.
  • Hickey, Maeve and Lawrence Taylor. Tunnel Kids. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2001.
  • Hoffman, Anya and Rachel Kamel. The Maquiladora Reader: Cross-Border Organizing Since NAFTA. Philadelphia: American Friends Service Committee, 1999.
  • Lopez-Stratford, Gloria. A Place in El Paso. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1996.
  • Lorey, David. The U.S. Mexican Border in the Twentieth Century. Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 1998.
  • Marciel, David R. and Maria Herrera-Sobek, eds. Culture Across Borders: Mexican immigration and Popular Culture. Tucson: The University of Arizona Press, 1998.
  • Martinez, Oscar. Border People: Life and Society in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands. University of Arizona Press, 1994.
  • McWilliams, Carey. North from Mexico: The Spanish Speaking People in the United States. Preager, 1930. A pioneer study published in the 1930's and updated by Matt S. Meier in 1990.
  • Miller, Tom. On the Border: Portraits of America's Southwestern Frontier. Tuscon: The University of Arizona Press, 1981.
  • Montejano, David. Anglos and Mexican in the Makeup of Texas, 1836-1986. UT Press, 1987.
  • Nathan, Debbie. Women and Other Aliens: Essays from the U.S.-Mexico Border. Cinco Punto Press, 1991.
  • Nazario, Sonia. Enrique's Journey. Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2007.
  • Nevins, Joseph. Dying to Live: A Story of U.S. Immigration in an Age of Global Apartheid. San Francisco: City Lights, 2008.
  • Nevins, Joseph. Operation Gatekeeper: The Rise of the Illegal Alien. Routledge, 2002.
  • Paredes, Americo. Folklore and Culture on the Texas-Mexico Border. UT Press, 1993.
  • Pastor, Robert ad Jorge Castañada. Limits to Friendship: The United States and Mexico. Knopf, 1988.
  • Ruiz, Ramón Eduardo. On the Rim of Mexico: Encounters of the Rich and Poor. Westview Press, 1998.
  • Saldivar, José David. Border Matters: Remapping American Cultural Studies. University of California Press, 1997.
  • Scheurich, James Joseph and Valenzuela, Angela, eds. The Border Studies Program: Ethnography as Pedagogy in the Undergraduate Education. International Journal of Qualitative Studies In Education, 15(1) Taylor & Francis Group, 2002.
  • Sklair, Leslie. Assembling for Development. UC San Diego Press, 1993.
  • Staudt, Kathleen. Free Trade? Informal Economies at the U.S.-Mexico Border. Philadelphia: Temple UP, 1998.
  • Stavans, Ilan. The Hispanic Condition: Reflection on Culture and Identity in America. Harper Collins, 1995.
  • Vélez-Ibañez, Carlos. Border Visions. University of Arizona Press, 1997.

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