Dr. Ruth Gomberg-Muñoz
Loyola University Chicago
Department of Anthropology
Lake Shore Campus, BVM 711
1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, Illinois 60660
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 ethnographer and advocate in Chicago’s immigrant rights movement since 2006.
Resources for Undocumented Students
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Research Opportunities for Students
Dr. Gomberg-Muñoz believes that students learn best by doing, and she encourages interested students to contact her about opportunities for gaining practical experience in ethnographic fieldwork. Students have used these opportunities to conduct research funded by LUROP Fellowships, Provost Awards, and Johnson Scholarships, and to complete credits in Independent Study or Fieldwork.
2019 Gomberg-Muñoz, Ruth. Labor and Legality: An Ethnography of a Mexican Immigrant Network, 10th Anniversary Edition. New York: Oxford University Press. Labor and Legality on Amazon
2016 Gomberg-Muñoz, Ruth. Becoming Legal: Immigration Law and Mixed Status Families. New York: Oxford University Press. http://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Legal-Immigration-Status-Families/dp/0190276010
2011 Gomberg-Muñoz, Ruth. Labor and Legality: An Ethnography of a Mexican Immigrant Network. New York: Oxford University Press. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0199739382
Selected Articles and Chapters
2020 Gomberg-Muñoz, Ruth. Knowing Your Rights in Trump’s America: Paper Trails of Migrant Community Empowerment. Paper Trails: Migrants and Documents in an Era of Legal Insecurity, Sarah Horton and Josiah Heyman, eds. Durham: Duke University Press.
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.