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Heide  Castañeda

Heide Castañeda

Heide Castañeda
Associate Professor and Graduate Director


Office: SOC 123
Phone: 813/974-2138



Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Arizona
MPH, Public Health, University of Texas School of Public Health
MA, Anthropology, University of Texas at San Antonio


Issues in Migrant Health, Anthropology of Health Policy, Anthropological Theory Today, Applied Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Human Rights and Transitional Justice, Health & Medical Systems, Theory in Medical Anthropology


Medical anthropology, sociocultural anthropology, law and society, migrant health, health policy, undocumented/unauthorized migration, informal labor markets, constructs of citizenship, binational and mixed-status families, migration to Germany, Roma, Mexican migration to the U.S., US/Mexico borderlands

My research lies at the intersection of cultural and medical anthropology and focuses on migrant health, constructions of citizenship, and how policy and legal institutions shape everyday experiences of immigrant communities. Current projects focus on:

  • Mixed-status families along the US/Mexico border, focusing on the Rio Grande Valley of Texas (funded by the National Science Foundation and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research)
  • Transit migration along Mexico's Ruta Pacifica (in collaboration with the Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa; funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation)
  • Effects of health policies on immigrant communities
  • Immigrant youth movements, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), and higher education in Texas and Florida

Graduate Students

Eileen Deluca, Melissa Johnson, Ryan Logan, Paula Mead, Kanan Mehta, Seiichi Villalona, Aria Walsh-Felz

Current Courses

RefCourseSecCourse TitleCRDayTimeLocation
25124IDS 4914101Adv UG Research Experience

19416ANT 4970002Honors Thesis

TBA 100
16129ANG 5910004Individual Research

TBA 100
20654ANG 6084001Anthropological Theory Today

SOC 30
15801ANG 6971004Thesis: Master's

TBA 100

Recent Publications

  • Castañeda, Heide (2014) Migrant Male Sex Workers in Germany. In Male Sex Work and Society. New York: Harrington Park Press.