Anthony M Jimenez
I am a Doctoral Candidate of the University of Minnesota’s Sociology Department. Prior to beginning the PhD program, I received my M.A. in Sociology from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). During my time at UTEP, I collaborated with professors and colleagues on university and NIH funded projects centered on health disparities, neoliberalism and urban development. A third-generation Mexican-American and the first in my immediate and extended family to pursue a doctorate degree, my research interests revolve around the areas of health, immigration and citizenship, along with the racial formation projects surrounding the U.S.-Mexico border. Additionally, as a self-taught musician, I am also interested in the nexus between creativity and transformative politics.
Pedagogically, I use students’ diverse and unique backgrounds as both the start and conclusion of sociological inquiry. Attentive to students’ individual positionalities and learning styles, I organically alter the physical spaces from which higher learning occurs and adopt a Freirean philosophy of education that seeks to link students’ personal biographies to the scholarship of learning and discovery. Refusing to detach my own positionality from pedagogy, my goals as an educator are to teach students how to trust their own voices and to co-construct a philosophy of education that allows students’ biographies to inform, contradict and critique dominant epistemologies.
As a Ford Fellow, an affiliate of Rice University’s Kinder Institute of Urban Research and a Fellow of the University of Minnesota’s Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC) and Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) program, I aim to do research that theoretically informs contemporary biopolitical mechanisms of state power and attends to present-day racialized discourses surrounding immigrant deservingness. For my dissertation, I am conducting an ethnographic case study in Houston, Texas that explores undocumented immigrants’ lived experiences since the passing of the Affordable Care Act.