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2010 - National Women's Studies Association Words: 101 words || 
1. Mendoza Covarrubias, Alexandra. "_Mexico Lindo y Querido_: Adolescent Motherhood in the Shadow of the U.S.-Mexico Border" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Women's Studies Association, Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, Denver, CO, Nov 11, 2010 <Not Available>. 2019-07-22 <>
Publication Type: Individual Paper
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: The paper considers the shifting meanings assigned to the U.S./Mexico border by adolescent Mexican mothers of U.S.-born children. Two oral histories are analyzed in the exploration of this topic. The first is the story of an adolescent mother’s flight from the U.S. in search of “freedom” in Mexico where she finds that her freedoms are curtailed by an abusive boyfriend. The second is shared by an undocumented woman for whom the border is a weapon wielded by her son’s father to terrorize her. For these women, the border is a specter that haunts their lives and shapes them as “mothers.”

2008 - American Studies Association Annual Meeting Words: 527 words || 
2. McMahon, Marci. "Transnational Domesticity: Fabiola Cabeza de Baca's Agricultural Extension Work in New Mexico and Mexico (1929-1957)" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Hyatt Regency, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Oct 16, 2008 <Not Available>. 2019-07-22 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: This talk focuses on New Mexican autobiographer, cookbook writer, and Americanization agent Fabiola Cabeza de Baca. I examine Fabiola's role as an Agricultural and Home Extension Service Agent in New Mexico and Mexico from 1929-1951, as well as her work as a Peace Corps trainer and consultant from 1961-1967. Most scholarship on Fabiola Cabeza de Baca Gilbert has focused on her pre-1950 autobiographical writings and cookbooks that narrate various aspects of Spanish-Mexican life in New Mexico, including Spanish colonial settlements, culture, religious life and practices, native foods, home remedies, and agricultural practices (Rebolledo, 1987, 1993, 1995; Ponce 1997; Jacobs 2002; and Reed 2005) . I am interested in Fabiola's post-1950 work as an Americanization Agent in Mexico and her work as a Peace Corps consultant. How did Fabiola's work as an Extension Agent in Mexico in the l950s extend the Americanization mindset that was central to her work in New Mexico? How did this work help Fabiola negotiate her complex racial, class, and gendered location in the U.S.? Rather than argue that Fabiola was either simply complicit with dominant Americanization narratives or that Fabiola even radically affirmed these women's cultural values, I suggest that her work as an Extension Agent in fact employed several "domestic negotiations" with various communities. These negotiations, I claim, enabled Fabiola, on the one hand, to assist the women she worked with in the aim to "improve" their domestic spaces, while on the other hand, to problematically reinforce gender, racial, and class divisions. My aim is to contribute to the growing literature within American Studies regarding the complex ways women of Mexican descent have historically negotiated processes of Americanization, while also pushing this discussion to examine Americanization within a transnational context.

I get at these central questions by exploring the cultural and intellectual exchanges that took place between Fabiola and the indigenous communities with whom she worked with in Mexico. The talk utilizes my archival research on Fabiola at the Center for Southwest Research (CSWR) this past summer as a Greenleaf Library Visiting Research Fellow. At CSWR, I came across one of the few known-documents about Fabiola's trip to Mexico in 1951 as a representative of the United Nations. The December 11, 1951 article by an unknown author in The New Mexican provides an account of a speech given by Fabiola to the Altrusa Club, presumably a Home Extension club. The article describes Fabiola's training of fifty-three Central and South American students from nine countries, including Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Haiti, El Salvador and Mexico. The newspaper article briefly mentions some of the concrete methods that Fabiola used to provide these students with training to set up Agricultural Extension Programs in their respective communities, as well as the cultural and intellectual exchanges that take place between Fabiola, the Latin American Extension Agents, and the Tarascan Indian communities.

The talk explores such transnational exchanges between Fabiola and the indigenous communities she assisted in Mexico in order to generate a discussion regarding how early-twentieth century women of Mexican descent powerfully negotiated dominant discourses in an era invested in reifying public/private, civilized/primitive, domestic/foreign, and legal/illegal binaries.

2010 - International Communication Association Words: 231 words || 
3. Pertierra, Anna. "Consuming Modern Mexico: Television and Consumer Culture on the Mexico-Belize Border" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Suntec City, Singapore, <Not Available>. 2019-07-22 <>
Publication Type: Session Paper
Abstract: This paper argues that contemporary Mexican national identities are largely enacted through everyday consumption practices. It draws from ethnographic research conducted in the city of Chetumal, on the southeastern border of Mexico, to show how television consumption practices link the everyday experiences of Mexicans into an imagined national community of consumers. In this region of upward mobility, with a rapidly growing population and economy, buying new television sets, watching television programs, and reading television-related magazines, are key practices through which Mexican consumers participate in commercial nationalism. The paper will discuss how this case study raises broader questions about the impact of the relationship between nation states and commercial media upon ordinary people’s experiences and identities.
Anna Cristina Pertierra is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland, Australia. Her main current project forms a part of Professor Graeme Turner’s ARC Federation Fellowship on “Television in the Post-Broadcast Era”, and examines the role of television consumption in everyday life in contemporary Mexico. Anna also works on contemporary Cuba, and has ongoing projects on Cuban consumption practices, media technologies, and domestic material culture. Her most recent publications include contributions to Anthropology and the Individual (Berg 2009) and the Journal of Latin American Studies (2008). With Heather Horst, she co-edited a Special Issue of the International Journal of Cultural Studies on Caribbean Media Worlds (2008).

2015 - American Sociological Association Annual Meeting Pages: unavailable || Words: 5975 words || 
4. Sarabia, Heidy. "The Use of Legal Violence by State and Non-State Actors in Mexico along the U.S.-Mexico Border" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton Chicago and Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Illinois, Aug 20, 2015 Online <APPLICATION/X-DOWNLOAD>. 2019-07-22 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: The regime of illegality, created by the U.S. to produce undocumented migrants as illegal and outside the parameters of the law, is used along the U.S.-Mexico border as the basis for the mistreatment and abuse of migrants crossing unauthorized into the U.S. Moreover, this regime of illegality becomes extra-territorial, as it not only shapes how Mexican nationals unauthorized in the U.S. are treated within the U.S. territory, but also how they are treated in Mexico, where they are citizens. I argue that the extra-territorial reaches of this illegality regime render these poor- and working-class migrants vulnerable to violence both at the hands of state and non-state actors, in Mexico as much as in the U.S. This paper draws from qualitative data collected along the U.S.-Mexico border from June 2009 to August 2010 in the border city of Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico.

2008 - SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION SOCIETY Pages: 14 pages || Words: 2830 words || 
5. Obade, Vincent. "Remote sensing based approach for monitoring urban growth in Mexico city, Mexico: A case study" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION SOCIETY, TBA, Tucson, Arizona, Jul 26, 2008 Online <PDF>. 2019-07-22 <>
Publication Type: Oral Presentation
Abstract: The world is experiencing a rapid rate of urban expansion, largely contributed by the world population growth. Other factors supporting urban growth include the improved efficiency in the transportation sector and increasing dependence on cars as a means of transport. Some of the problems attributed to the urban growth are: depletion of energy resources, water and air pollution; loss of landscapes and wildlife, loss of agricultural land, inefficient and inadequate social security and lack of employment or underemployment.
Aerial photography is one of the popular techniques for analyzing, planning and minimizing urbanization related problems. However, with the advances in space technology, satellite remote sensing has increasing been utilized in the analysis and planning of the urban environment. The current generations of earth observation sensors are producing data with high potential for use in scientific and technological investigations. This article outlines the strengths and limitations of potential remote sensing techniques for monitoring urban growth.

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