October 29, 2018 at 2:20 pm

Expert on Mexico-U.S. Borderlands Teaches in Law, Justice & Culture Master’s Program

Dr. Luis Plascencia, portrait outdoors in the Grand Cayon area

Dr. Luis Plascencia

Dr. Luis F.B. Plascencia has joined Ohio University as an Instructor in the Law, Justice & Culture master’s program.

Plascencia is a sociocultural anthropologist with substantial experience in researching and teaching on issues related to migration, transnationalism, and citizenship and nationalism; social justice and civil and human rights issues in the United States; and state and local efforts to regulate migration.

“I value highly the opportunity to share my expertise and knowledge about migration with a solid group of students, such as those in the LJC M.A. program, who want to make a positive difference in the world and who recognize the importance of promoting a social justice perspective and the rights of humans to live in societies that value them and offer them the dignity they deserve,” Plascencia said.

His single-author book Disenchanting Citizenship: Mexican Migrants and the Boundaries of Belonging (2012, Rutgers University Press), presents the experience of Mexican migrants in their pursuit of U.S. citizenship. A notable finding is that some migrants were disenchanted with their new status; they felt that their acquisition of citizenship did not change how the larger society viewed them—as second-class members.

Book cover for Mexican Workers and the Making of Arizona.More recently, he co-edited an historical-oriented anthology on the presence and role of Mexican workers in the economic development of Arizona—Mexican Workers and the Making of Arizona (2018, The University of Arizona Press). In addition, he has published book chapters, journal articles, and policy reports on the Mexico-U.S. borderlands, citizenship and the military, contract labor programs in North America, agricultural workers, and popular culture.

Plascencia earned a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology at California State University, San Diego. Upon completion of his bachelor’s degree, he was accepted at The University of Chicago to carry out graduate work. He then held multiple notable positions, including as a policy and budget analyst for the Office of the Governor in Texas, as well as at The University of Texas at Austin and Trinity University, and the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute.

From 2000 to 2005, Plascencia earned both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Social/Cultural Anthropology from The University of Texas at Austin, where he also worked as an instructor and research associate.

After receiving his Ph.D., he worked as an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at Arizona State University. Plascencia is currently an Adjunct Professor for Mexican American Studies at The University of Texas, Arlington, as well as being an instructor here at Ohio University.

Plascencia will be teaching three online courses at Ohio University within the Law, Justice & Culture master’s program. This fall, he is teaching LJC 6500: LJC Methods, and in the spring, Plascencia will be teaching both LJC 6000: LJC Proseminar and LJC 6800: Capstone in Law, Justice & Culture.


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