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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Latinx Migrations, Borders, and Community Formations


This project facilitates research on Latinx migrations, borders, and identities. The collection will focus on three key areas of study: Latin American migrations to the U.S. (including labor, family, and return migration); borders, borderlands, and immigration legal regimes; and community formations, place, and identity. It is largely interdisciplinary and multi-method, drawing on research from leading experts in the fields of Chican@ and Latin@ Studies, Latin American Studies, Geography, History, Anthropology, Sociology, Legal Studies, and Education, among others.

While these research materials focus largely on the experiences of different Latinx populations, they do so through a transnational and hemispheric lens that situates them within a larger history of U.S. imperialism in Latin America, military intervention, and ongoing forms of economic and political influence in the region.

The collection aims to decenter dominant U.S. immigration narratives in academia and the public sphere by highlighting scholarly works in English and Spanish written by women, scholars of color in the U.S., and international scholars from Latin America and other parts of the world. This collection will enhance and strengthen resources at UW–Madison Libraries by adding new theoretical, historical, and empirically-based research that will help UW–Madison stand out as a leading research and teaching institution in areas of (im)migration, border/borderlands theory, and Latinx studies in the Midwest.


Almita Miranda, Assistant Professor of Geography and Chican@ and Latin@ Studies


Trisha Prosise, Senior Academic Librarian


Peter Haney, Administrator, Chican@ & Latin@ Studies Program