Dr Gabriella E Sanchez


Gabriella Sanchez (Ph.D., Arizona State University) is assistant professor at the University of Texas El Paso. A socio-cultural anthropologist by training she researches clandestine and criminalized forms of labor along borders from a critical criminology perspective. Her ethnographic work has primarily explored the social organization and internal dynamics of transnational migration facilitation relying on participatory research conducted alongside and by smuggling facilitators themselves.  Prior to UTEP she held positions at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC, Monash University’s Border Crossing Observatory in Melbourne, Australia, Wellesley College, Hebrew University and the University of Maryland. She is the author of book “Human Smuggling and Border Crossings” (Routledge, 2015), the result of her work among smuggling facilitators on the US Mexico Border, and finalist to the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime’s 2015 Book of the Year Award. Currently she is conducting research on the convergence between human smuggling and other criminalized markets and on the participation of minors in clandestine border crossings. Along with Luigi Achilli (EUI-Florence) and Antje Missbach (Monash) she is the convener of the Smuggling Workshop, an international collective of smuggling and trafficking researchers conducting empirically-informed research on clandestine and irregular migration facilitation.