Leo Chavez

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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
Research Interests
International migration, Latin American immigrants, medical anthropology, transnational communities, breast and cervical cancer beliefs, analysis of visual images
Academic Distinctions
Research Abstract
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.
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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