Leo Chavez

Professor, Anthropology
School of Social Sciences

PH.D., Stanford University, 1982

Phone: (949) 824-4054, 7180
Fax: (949) 824-4717
Email: lchavez@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
4269 Social Sciences Plaza B
Mail Code: 5100
Irvine, CA 92697

International migration, Latin American immigrants, medical anthropology, transnational communities, breast and cervical cancer beliefs, analysis of visual images
My research interests have focused on international migration; household and family organization, composition, and structure; medical anthropology; breast and cervical cancer among Latinas; the anthropology of power relations; and more recently the analysis of visual images related to immigration and the nation. I have worked on topics such as family organization and work; access to medical care for immigrants; the imagined community and undocumented immigrants; and cultural models of cancer risks among Latinas, Anglo women and physicians. Although my earlier work was in Latin America (Ecuador), more recently I have worked with Mexicans and Central Americans in the United States.
Publications Undocumented Immigrants in Orange County, California: A Comparative Analysis." International Migration Review 31:88-107, 1997.
  Shadowed Lives: Undocumented Immigrants in American Society. Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich College Publishers, 1992. 2nd edition 1998.
  Immigration Reform and Nativism: The Nationalist Response to the Transnationalist Challenge." In, Immigrants Out! The New Nativism and the Anti-Immigrant Impulse in the United States, Juan Perea (ed.). Pp. 61-77. New York: New York University Press, 1997.
  "The Power of the Imagined Community: The Settlement of Undocumented Mexicans and Central Americans in the United States." American Anthropologist 96, 1994.
  "Structure and Meaning in Models of Breast and Cervical Cancer Risk Factors: A Comparison of Perceptions among Latinas, Anglo women, and Physicians." [authored with F. Allan Hubbell, Juliet M. McMullin, Rebecca G. Martinez, and Shiraz I. Mishra]. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 9:4--74, 1995.
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