Dr. Plascencia is currently serving as Lecturer at the Center for Mexican American Studies, at UT Arlington, and Instructor in the M.A. Program in the Center for Law, Justice & Culture at Ohio University. He earned his Ph.D. in Social Anthropology at The University of Texas at Austin, and previously taught at UT Austin, Northeastern Illinois University and Arizona State University.
He is the author of "Disenchanting Citizenship: Mexican Migrants and the Boundaries of Belonging," and co-editor with Professor Gloria H. Cuádraz of "Mexican Workers and the Making of Arizona." In addition, he has published several book chapters, journal articles and public policy reports related to the Mexico-U.S. borderlands, Latinas/os in the United States, naturalization, contract labor programs in Canada and the United States.
Professor Plascencia also has served as expert witness on several migration court cases, and presented expert testimony to several international and national governing institutions.
His current project is a book manuscript on state and local government efforts to regulate Mexican migration in Arizona, California and Texas.