Heide Castañeda

Professor and Associate Chair

Dr. Heide Castañeda


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, Anthropological Theory Today, Anthropology of Health Policy, Theory in Medical Anthropology, Foundations of Applied Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Human Rights and Transitional Justice, Health & Medical Systems, Global Health from an Anthropological Perspective.


Critical border studies, political and legal anthropology, medical anthropology, migration, migrant health, citizenship, US/Mexico border, Mexico, Germany, Morocco.

Current Programs

  • "Migrant Communities: Effects of Demographic Characteristics on Placemaking under Uncertain Timelines" (funded by the National Science Foundation Award # 2149059): Examines 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)
  • "Mixed-Status Families and Citizenship in the Contemporary Migration Experience" (funded by the National Science Foundation Award # 1535664 and the Wenner-Gren Foundation): Focuses on mixed-status families living along the US/Mexico border
  • "Legal Status and the Social and Emotional Well-Being of Young Adult Immigrants" (funded by the National Science Foundation Award # 1729396): examines social and emotional well-being of undocumented youth and DACA recipients in Florida
  • "Indigenous Mobilities: Amazigh Im/migrants in the United States"

Recent Publications


Select Articles & Chapters

Graduate Students

Rachel Kingsley, and Laura Parada Perla.