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Óscar F. Gil-García is a 2021-22 UB Center for Diversity Innovation Distinguished Visiting Scholar and an assistant professor of Human Development at Binghamton University and an affiliated faculty member of the Latin American and Carribbean Studies Program and Human Rights Institute. Dr. Gil-García’s current book project, tentatively titled, Legacies of Forced Migration: The Indigenous Maya Diaspora in Mexico and the US, examines the overarching problem of state policies at the border and their corresponding effects on individuals and the bonds of families. It documents how traumatic memories associated to the Guatemalan war (1960-1996) and family separations form part of the everyday violence experienced by Indigenous Maya who live in Mexico and the United States. Preliminary findings from this research have been published in Practicing Anthropology and Représentations dans le monde anglophone. He has worked with colleagues on how US immigration enforcement priorities create barriers to health services for unaccompanied minors. He has also co-authored articles with students that explore the policy relevance of broadening healthcare to the undocumented and health impacts of family separations.
International migration; race, class, gender; health disparities, mixed-methods; ethnography; interdisciplinary and visual arts; indigeneity