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Dr. Abigail Andrews

Dr. Abigail Andrews is a 2020 Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award Recipient! Her research focuses on gender, migration, state power, and grassroots agency.

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Education and background

I am an Associate Professor of Sociology (effective 7/1/20) and Director of the Mexican Migration Field Research Program at the University of California-San Diego. I earned my PhD in Sociology from UC Berkeley in 2014. My research focuses on gender, migration, state power, and grassroots agency. I write, speak, and teach about the struggles of indigenous people, undocumented immigrants, deportees, and asylum seekers in Mexico, Central America, and the United States.

Why do you enjoy being a mentor?

I love learning from students and sharing struggles and laughter with them. I find it inspiring to see students begin to think critically about the United States immigration system. 

Any tips for success for current undergraduate researchers?

I highly suggest seeking out opportunities for community-engaged research and getting out of the classroom and into the world. It can also be great to reach out to faculty members and telling them about yourself and your life. It is fun for us to get to know you! 

Fun Fact

I once ate guinea pigs in the mountains in Ecuador. It's a delicacy there! :/

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