Anna Ochoa O’Leary holds a doctorate in cultural anthropology from the University of Arizona. Her dissertation research, "Investment in Female Education as an Economic Strategy Among U.S.-Mexican Households in Nogales, Arizona," was supported by a National Science Foundation grant. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Mexican American Studies at the University of Arizona, where she also co-directs the Binational Migration Institute. In 2006 she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to research the project "Women at the Intersection: Immigration Enforcement and Transnational Migration on the U.S.-Mexico Border," examining the interaction between border enforcement officials and repatriated migrant women on the U.S.-Mexico Border. She has published numerous research articles in both English and Spanish on migration and gender. She has also published a Chicano studies textbook, "Chicano Studies: The Discipline and the Journey" (Kendall Hunt 2007) and is co-editor (with Colin Deeds and Scott Whiteford) of "Uncharted Terrain: New Directions in Border Research Method and Ethics" (University of Arizona Press, 2013). Her focus on undocumented immigrants has also resulted in a two-volume edited reference work, "Undocumented Immigrants in the United States Today: An Encyclopedia of their Experiences" (ABC-CLIO/Greenwood press, 2014). Her latest work is forthcoming in "The U.S.-Mexico Transborder Region," set for publication in April 2017.