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Alyshia Gálvez
Position: Professor
Campus Affiliation: Lehman College
Degrees/Diplomas: PhD Anthropology 2004 NYU
Research Interests: Specialization in the areas of food, health, migration, trade, policy, citizenship and rights, Mexico and Mexican populations, Latin America, and Latinx communities in the United States, public health, health disparities, medical anthropology, gender, reproduction, chronic disease, religion, and performance
Subfield: Cultural Anthropology

Gálvez’s current research is at the intersection of food, health and migration. Throughout her career, she has focused on the ways that policy in and of the United States has served to limit the citizenship both of migrants in the US and of people around the world, with a specific focus on Mexico and Mexican populations. The current iteration of this theme is that she is interested in the ways that bureaucratic practices in health, education, immigration, and other contexts often disregard the lived experiences and epistemologies of those they serve and instead rest on unchallenged assumptions about knowledge and capacity for care and agency. Specifically, she is working on the ways that dominant etiologies of chronic disease blame individuals for their own health problems, while overlooking the ways that social contexts conspire to deprive many of access to health-related resources. This research includes collaborative work on nutrition education, diabetes, specialized diets, as well as on spaces of resistance and regenerative epistemologies of care and sustainability. 


She has published in American Anthropologist, the Journal of the Anthropology of North America, Gastronomica, the Journal of Medical Anthropology, and more. She also is very committed to public anthropology having published dozens of Op-Eds, blog posts, commentaries, podcast episodes, and more. She has received grants from the National Science Foundation (2002, and in collaboration in 2018), Wenner-Gren (2002), Social Science Research Council (2002), CUNY (IRG 2019, Book Award 2017, PSC CUNY multiple, Shuster 2010), The School for Advanced Research (2019), as well as many pedagogical and service-related grants. 

In 2021, Gálvez was named a Lehman College Professor of Excellence in recognition for "demonstrated commitment to the mission and values of Lehman College, and evidence of exceptional scholarship, teaching, and service."

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Peer reviewed articles and chapters: 

  • 2020  Bravo, Lizbeth; Edith Carrasco; Kathryn Chuber; Daisy Flores; and Gálvez, A., “Teaching and learning with intimidating texts: How we came to love a difficult book” Teaching and Learning Anthropology journal, Vol 3 (1), July 2020. 

  • 2020  Gálvez, A. “Taking Susto Seriously: A Critique of Behavioral Approaches to Diabetes,” and “Chronic Disaster: Reimagining Noncommunicable Chronic Disease” with Megan Carney and Emily Yates-Doerr. In Vital Topics Forum, by The Nutrire CoLab (Diana Burnett; Megan A. Carney; Lauren Carruth; Sarah Chard; Maggie Dickinson; Alyshia Gálvez; Hanna Garth; Jessica Hardin; Adele Hite; Heather Howard; Lenore Manderson; Emily Mendenhall; Abril Saldaña-Tejeda; Dana Simmons; Natali Valdez; Emily Vasquez; Megan Warin; Emily Yates-Doerr). American Anthropologist, Sept. 2020. DOI: 10.1111/aman.13443 and 10.1111/aman.13437. 

  • 2019  Gálvez, A. “Transnational mother blame: Protecting and caring in a globalized context,” Medical Anthropology, Published online 10/3/2019. DOI: 10.1080/01459740.2019.1653866

  • 2019  Gálvez, A. “Efficiency,” in “Rural Social Forms,” A special issue of the Journal for the Anthropology of North America, Edited by Alex Blanchette and Marcel LaFlamme, Published Nov. 20, 2019. 10.1002/nad.12096 

  • 2019  Gálvez, A. and Luque Brazan, J.C.. “Capitalismo de chupacabras en una era post-política y post-migratoria,” Huellas de la Migración,  [S.l.], v. 4, n. 7, p. 109-138, jul. 2019. ISSN 2594-2832.  

  • 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).