U.S and Mexico border extending into the ocean


My research uses qualitative methods to investigate household economic strategies in Mexican migrant families, in both sending and receiving migrant communities. Through a grounded, nuanced examination of individuals’ migratory experiences, my work illuminates broader political and socioeconomic dynamics occurring at local, national, and international levels. Particularly, I examine the role that gender plays in the design and maintenance of these household economies, and how in many cases these household strategies evolve into small-sized ethnic businesses. In addition to my own research project, I am involved in an ongoing project – sponsored by the USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration – aimed at examining the interplay between place, race, and identity in the new South Los Angeles.

Recently, I have also begun a new project focusing on a comparative study of Salvadoran migrant women in Milan, Italy, and Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. This project is in collaboration with my colleague Maria Dolores Paris from El Colegio de la Frontera Norte in Tijuana, Mexico.

Men and women talking, eating, and looking through U.S. and Mexico BorderUS-Mexico Border – Mexican side at Playas de Tijuana. Photo taken by Veronica Montes – June 2016


Below are some of my published articles: