Border Studies Program


  • Read the participants' updates from the Borderlands and follow their experiences throughout the semester at our Border Studies blog.
  • Resources page is updated with links to recent BSP students' final projects. Books, zines, and cds based on their experience in the borderlands have all been produced by recent participants. Look here to find photos from the current BSP semester and instructions for applying to the program too.
  • BSP Instructor Katie Sharar recently wrote a 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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