Loyola University Chicago

Department of Anthropology

Dr. Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz

Associate Professor
Loyola University Chicago
Department of Anthropology
Lake Shore Campus, BVM 711
1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, Illinois 60660
(773) 508-3582
E-mail: rgombergmunoz@luc.edu

Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz is a sociocultural anthropologist with research and teaching interests in political economy, migration, Latinos/as in the U.S., race and class, applied anthropology, and urban ethnography. Her first research project explored how undocumented workers in Chicago negotiated perceptions of their labor as they struggled to attain autonomy, security, and dignity. Her second study followed undocumented people and their family members as they undertook immigration processing in an attempt to gain legal permanent residency. Her current research is with deportees' rights organizers in Mexico City. Dr. Gomberg-Muñoz has also been an advocate for Chicago’s immigrant rights movement since 2006.

Resources for Undocumented Students

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Research Opportunities for Students

Dr. Gomberg-Muñoz encourages students to contact her about opportunities for gaining experience in ethnographic research. Students have used these opportunities to undertake projects funded by LUROP Fellowships, Provost Awards, and Johnson Scholarships, and to complete credits in Independent Study or Fieldwork.



2022  A. Lynn Bolles, Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz, Bernard Perley, and Keri Vacanto Brondo. Anthropological Theory for the 21st Century: A Critical Reader. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 
2019  Gomberg-Muñoz, Ruth. Labor and Legality: An Ethnography of a Mexican Immigrant Network, 10th Anniversary Edition. New York: Oxford University Press. 
2016   Gomberg-Muñoz, Ruth. Becoming Legal: Immigration Law and Mixed Status Families. New York: Oxford University Press. 
2011   Gomberg-Muñoz, Ruth. Labor and Legality: An Ethnography of a Mexican Immigrant NetworkNew York: Oxford University Press.  

Selected Articles and Chapters

2016    Wheatley, Abby C. and Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz. Keep Moving: Collective Agency Along the Migrant Trail. Citizenship Studies 20 (3–4): 396–410. DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2016.1158351.

Research Report

2020   Gomberg-Munoz, Ruth, Esmeralda Flores Marcial, Ana Laura Lopez, Magdalena Loredo, Adriana Sandoval, Reyna Wences, Dolores Unzueta, Rosi Carrasco, Martin Unzueta. 2020. Deportees in Mexico City. Research Report. June, 2020.