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  • Alyshia Galvez

    Professor of Food Studies and Anthropology


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    Alyshia Galvez


    Alyshia Gálvez is a cultural and medical anthropologist and is a professor of food studies and anthropology at The New School.  She is the author of a recent book entitled Eating NAFTA: Trade, Food Policies and the Destruction of Mexico (UC Press, 2018) on changing food policies, systems and practices in Mexico and Mexican communities in the United States, including the ways they are impacted by trade and economic policy, and their public health implications. She is the author of two previous books on Mexican migration, Patient Citizens, Immigrant Mothers: Mexican Women, Public Prenatal Care and the Birth Weight Paradox (Rutgers University Press, Oct. 2011, winner of the 2012 ALLA Book Award from the Association of Latino and Latin American Anthropologists) and Guadalupe in New York: Devotion and the Struggle for Citizenship Rights among Mexican Immigrants (NYU Press, Dec. 2009). Click here for a complete CV.

    Degrees Held

    BA Hispanic Studies/Anthropology Columbia College

    MA, PhD Anthropology New York University

    Professional Affiliation

    Women’s Media Center, SheSource, expert.

    Association for Food and Society, member

    Society for Latin American and Latino Anthropologists, Member of professional organization.

    Society for Medical Anthropology, Member of professional organization.

    Latin American Studies Association, Member of professional organization.

    American Studies Association. Member of professional organization.

    American Anthropological Association. Member of professional organization.

    Recent Publications

    Peer reviewed articles and chapters:

    2019  Gálvez, A. “Transnational mother blame: Protecting and caring in a globalized context,” Medical Anthropology, Accepted July 28, 2019, DOI: 10.1080/01459740.2019.1653866.

    2019  Gálvez, A. “Efficiency,” in “Critical Keywords for a Global Rural North America, ”A special issue of the Journal for the Anthropology of North America, Edited by Alex Blanchette and Marcel LaFlamme, Accepted July 20, 2019.

    2018 Gálvez, A. “Critical understandings of children's rights: an inductive approach” for the edited volume, International Perspectives on Practice and Research into Children's Rights, BAICE (the British affiliate of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies).

    Other Book Chapters, Journal Articles, Public Anthropology, Blog Posts, etc.

    2019  Gálvez, A. “Human Centered Trade: Still Possible?” For A Better World, Sep. 2019,

    2019 Gálvez, A. “Nuestra América: True Hemispheric Unification,” UC Press Blog, May 24, 2019,

    2019 Gálvez, A. and Megan Carney. “The Illusion and Peril of Food “Choice,” Sapiens, May 3, 2019,
    2019 Gálvez, A. “NAFTA 2.0 — More Deadly Than the Drug War, the Top Causes of Death in Mexico and Why the US Should be Concerned,” Penn Law Blog, March 14, 2019,

    2019 Carney, Megan and A. Gálvez, “The International Politics of Gut Health,” Scientific American blog, March 14, 2019,

    2019 Gálvez, A. “At a Beloved Mexican Restaurant, An Arrest Sparks Outrage,” Civil Eats, Jan 18, 2019,

    2018 Gálvez, A. “What’s More Deadly to Mexicans than the Drug War? Diabetes.” History News Network, November 19, 2018,

    2018 Gálvez, A. “NAFTA is a Terrible Deal. Don’t Scrap NAFTA," June 15, 2018.

    2017 Gálvez, A. “How the North American Free Trade Agreement Contributed to Health Setbacks in Mexico,” Policy Brief. Scholar Strategy Network,

    2017 Gálvez, A. “Improving Policy to Address Migrant Health” in Carney, M. A. (2017), Improving Policy to Address Migrant Health. Anthropology News, 58: e146-e149. doi:10.1111/AN.540, 37.

    2017 Gálvez, A., Melissa García Velez, Marlen Fernandez and Luis Saavedra. “Unafraid and Unapologetic, Still,” NACLA Report on the Americas, 49:2, 198-205, DOI: 10.1080/10714839.2017.1331826,

    2017 Gálvez, A. and Nicholas Freudenberg, “How NAFTA got Mexicans hooked on U.S. junk food,” Dallas Morning News, May 1, 2017,

    2017 Gálvez, A “Sanctuary, An Old Religious Idea Becomes a New Religious Movement (Again),” in Cosmologics, the magazine of the Harvard Divinity School,

    Documentary Film
    2018 ¡Salud! Myths and Realities of Mexican Migration, full length documentary film project produced with collaborator David Schwittek of Lehman College, footage to date in Puebla, Mexico and New York State. 

    Performances and Appearances

    See calendar on my website:

    2019 Workshop organizer and participant, “Chronic Disaster: Noncommunicable Disease as Structural Violence,” Brown University, April 5-7, 2019, Co-organized by Alyshia Gálvez, Emily Yates-Doerr and Megan Carney, hosted by Lenore Manderson.
    2019 Invited seminar participant, Seminar entitled “Shifting Terrain of Citizenship among People of Mexican Origin in the United States,” Chaired and organized by Renato Rosaldo and Philip González, Advanced Seminar, School of Advanced Research, Santa Fe, New Mexico, March 9-14, 2019.
    2018 Panelist and organizer, “Chronic disaster: Reimagining Diet-Related Disease as Structural Violence,” American Anthropological Association Meetings, November, 2018, San José, California.
    2018 “Eating NAFTA”, book presentations in 2018 at Columbia University (Sep 17), New York University (Oct 1), University at Albany (Oct. 5), City University of New York Graduate Center, Center for the Study of Women and Society Book Salon (Oct 16), Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute at CUNY (Oct 22), Villanova (Oct 23),  Lehman College (Nov. 6), Oregon State University (Nov. 9), Northern Arizona University (Nov. 14), University of Arizona (Nov. 15), Guttman Community College (Dec 5), and in 2019 at Boston College (Feb 28), Wellesley College (March 1), UCLA (March 4), University of Southern California (Mar 4), Tufts University (Mar 28).

    Research Interests

    food studies, food systems, trade, policy, immigration and migration,citizenship and rights, Mexico and Mexicanpopulations, Indigenous Mexico, LatinAmerica,and Latinx communities in the UnitedStates, public health, health disparities, medical anthropology, gender, reproduction, chronic disease, religion, and performance

    Awards And Honors

    2018 NIH Grant application titled “Social network influences on diabetes-related health behaviors among Mexican-Americans adults across the acculturation spectrum”, PI: Karen Florez, Department of Environmental, Occupational and Geospatial Sciences, CUNY SPH. NIH, PAR-16-064 ‘Small Grants for New Investigators to Promote Diversity in Health-Research (R21).’
    2017 Ahuehuete Award, granted by Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute at CUNY for “Commitment to Service to the Mexican Community.”
    2017 Book Completion Award. CUNY. “Eating NAFTA:  Trade and Food Policies and the Destruction of Mexico,” Funding for the period of May 1, 2017 – April 30, 2018.



    Eating NAFTA

    Patient Citizens, Immigrant Mothers

    Guadalupe in New York


    Current Courses

    Contemp. Food Controversies (Fall 2019)

    Food & Sustainable Tourism:DR

    Food and Migration

    Food and Migration

    Food Environments and Health (Fall 2019)

    Qualitative Research PhD Sem

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