Anna Ochoa O'Leary

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Anna Ochoa O'Leary is University of Arizona Mexican American Studies department head. She is an associate professor in the department, received her doctorate in Anthropology from the University of Arizona. Her dissertation, "Investment in Female Education as an Economic Strategy among U.S.-Mexican Households in Nogales, Arizona," was supported by NSF funding. Since 2002, she has taught a range of classes for the Department. Currently, she teaches two graduate classes, Mexican Migration, and the Feminization of Migration, and an undergraduate class, Latin American Migration and the Remaking of the U.S.

She has a text book to her credit, a Chicano Studies textbook based on her teaching Overview of Mexican American Studies (MAS 265), which was published in 2007 by Kendall Hunt Publishing. More recently, she co-edited ) Unchartered Terrain: New Directions in Border Research Method and Ethics. (University of Arizona Press, 2013) and is editor of Undocumented Immigrants in the United States Today: An Encyclopedia of their Experiences (ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Press, 2014).

Dr. O'Leary is a 2006-2007 Fulbright Scholar for research on repatriated migrant women, and Public Voices "Thought Leader" Fellow for 2014-2015.

Her current research and teaching interests continue to focus on the education, culture and urban politics of Mexican/U.S.-Mexican populations, the political economy of the U.S.-Mexico border, and gender issues. Her community activities include participation in several non-profit community-based groups, such as the Coalicion de Derechos Humanos and Fundacion México.[1]


  • 1999 Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology, University of Arizona - Tucson

Dissertation title: “Investment in Female Education as an Economic Strategy among U.S.-Mexican Households in Nogales, Arizona.”

  • 1994 MA., Cultural Anthropology, University of Arizona – Tucson

Master’s paper title: “The Bureaucratic Model of Industrial Organization and the Emergence of Class and Cultural Identity in Borderland Mining Communities.”

  • 1982 BA., Political Science, University of Arizona – Tucson[2]

Recognitions and Awards

  • 2011 YWCA Women on the Move Award.
  • 2010 Raul H. Castro Institute Latina Trailblazer Award
  • 1986 Certificate of Recognition Día Internacional de la Mujer Conference, Phoenix, AZ
  • 1985 Ford Foundation Travel Scholarship for the NGO conference on the Decade of Women, FORUM '85, Nairobi, Kenya.[3]

Nairobi 1985


Jamala Rogers traveled to the Nairobi Women's Conference in 1985, along with Anna Ochoa O'Leary and Sasha Hohri.

Unity endorsement


Anna Ochoa O'Leary endorsed the League of Revolutionary Struggle's Unity in Forward 1986. Moreno Miners Women's Auxilliary, Clifton Arizona.