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Sandibel Borges

Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies | Women's and Gender Studies

Los Angeles, CA, UNITED STATES

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Sandibel Borges is an Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Layola Marymount University. Her research looks at the experiences of LGBTQ Latinx migrants in Los Angeles, California and those of LGBTQ returning migrants in Mexico City to examine how heteronormativity, white supremacy, exploitation, and surveillance are embedded in the immigration system. She further investigates the practices of refusal and resistance that LGBTQ Latinx migrant narrators employ against systems of violence.

Education

University of California - Santa Barbara

Ph.D., Feminist Studies

2017

University of California - Santa Barbara

M.A., Feminist Studies

2011

Washington State University

B.A., Women's Studies, Spanish Literature

2009

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Visiting Scholar, Estudios de Género

2015

Areas of Expertise

Home and BelongingLatinx Queer CommunitiesFeminisms of ColorGender StudiesQueer MigrationTransnational FeminismMigration Studies

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Not Coming Out, but Building Home: An Oral History in Re-conceptualizing a Queer Migrant Home

University of Texas Press

2015
A feminist study and oral history based in the “coming out”
experiences of a Third World, Zapotec-Oaxacan, working-class immigrant woman. Discussion of community issues around queer sexualities, dominant narratives, and home building; brings attention to little-cited scholarship and theory on practices within minority communities.

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Home and Homing as Resistance: Survival of LGBTQ Latinx Migrants

Women's Studies Quarterly

2018
Using oral histories, this article reappropriates the concept of home to conceptualize it as a space of survival in the lives of LGBTQ Latinx migrants in Los Angeles, California, and migrant returnees in Mexico City, Mexico.

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“We have to do a lot of healing”: LGBTQ migrant Latinas resisting and healing from systemic violence

Journal of Lesbian Studies

2019
Using narratives from oral histories of LGBTQ migrant Latinas in Los Angeles, California, and Mexico City, Mexico, this article argues that, despite experiences of oppression, the narrators practice resistance in their daily lives. The article first addresses how the narrators confront conditions of detainability and deportability, making survival a constant struggle. It then presents different ways in which the narrators engage in resistance, from survival to community building and activism. Finally, it argues that healing is a key factor in the narrators’ resistance—healing functions as both a tool for and outcome of resistance.

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