Heide Castañeda

Professor and Associate Chair


Office: SOC 123



Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Arizona
MPH, Public Health, University of Texas
MA, Anthropology, University of Texas at San Antonio


Borders and Migration, Issues in Migrant Health, Anthropology of Health Policy, Anthropological Theory Today, Applied Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Human Rights and Transitional Justice, Health & Medical Systems, Theory in Medical Anthropology, Global Health from an Anthropological Perspective


Political and legal anthropology, medical anthropology, migration, migrant health, health policy, unauthorized/undocumented migration, mixed-status families, citizenship, US/Mexico borderlands, Mexico, Germany, Morocco

Current projects focus on:

  • Mixed-status families along the US/Mexico border (funded by the National Science Foundation and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research)
  • Immigrant Youth Project, which examines how legal status impacts the social and emotional well-being of young adult immigrants (funded by the National Science Foundation)
  • Shifts in spaces of “transit” to settlement for sub-Saharan Africans in Morocco, focused on forced immobility, legal status precarity, gendered geographies of power, and local processes of racialization (with Dr. Tara Deubel)
  • AmeRicans' Conceptions of Health Equity Study (ARCHES): Whose health deserves society's attention, investment, or care? (funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
  • Transit migration in Sinaloa along Mexico's Ruta Pacifica (in collaboration with the Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa; funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research and PROFAPI)

Recent Publications

  • Castañeda, Heide (2014) Migrant Male Sex Workers in Germany. Male Sex Work and Society. New York: Harrington Park Press.

Graduate Students

Kayla Jones, Rachel Kingsley, Melissa Johnson, Amanda Leppert Gomes, William Lucas, Russell Manzano, Isabela Solis