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Jennifer Bickham Mendez


Office: Morton Hall 215
Email: [[jbmend]]
Phone: 757-221-2603
Research Areas: Immigration, Latino/a Studies, Border Studies, Citizenship and Belonging, Race/Class/Gender, Social Movements
Office Hours: Fall:

Areas of Specialization

Latino/a (im)migration, gender and globalization, citizenship, border studies, labor, and social movements


B.A., Oberlin College
M.A. and Ph.D., the University of California, Davis

Honors and Awards

President’s Award for Service to the Community, William & Mary, 2004

 Annual Book Award. The Political Economy of the World System Section of the American Sociological Association. From the Revolution to the Maquiladoras: Gender, Labor and Globalization in Nicaragua, 2008.

Plumeri Award for Faculty Excellence, William & Mary, 2010

Outstanding Article Award. Sex and Gender Section of the American Sociological Association. “Enforcing Borders in the Nuevo South: Gender and Migration in Williamsburg, Virginia and the Research Triangle, North Carolina (co-authored with Natalia Deeb-Sossa), 2010

Diversity Recognition Award. Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity, William & Mary, 2013


My research explores ways in which the lives of everyday people are caught up in cross-border forces, including economic globalization. My scholarly interests have centered on Latino/a (im)migration, citizenship, border studies, gender and labor. My current work examines Latino/a immigration to Williamsburg, VA, the barriers that immigrants face in gaining full social membership, and the ways in which the native-born community has responded to the arrival of these newcomers. Another theme of my  work is the challenges and possibilities of activist research methodologies. In my teaching I like to get students out into the “real world.” I have worked closely with dozens of students on independent research projects and have taught the department’s capstone course for majors for several years. I also co-direct a border studies program in which students and faculty spend a week on the US-Mexico border learning first-hand about immigration issues from those whose lives and work are shaped by their powerful effects. I currently serve as the Director of the Global Studies Program at William & Mary.


Professor Bickham Mendez' published work has appeared in a variety of academic journals, including Social Problems, Gender and SocietyMobilization, and Ethnic and Racial Studies as well as in numerous edited volumes. She is the author of  From the Revolution to the Maquiladoras: Gender, Labor and Globalization in Nicaragua (2005 Duke University Press) and  the co-editor (along with Nancy Naples) of an anthology entitled: Border Politics: Social Movements, Collective Identity, and Globalization (2015, NYU Press).