What the U.S. Election Means for Both Sides of the Border

  • Paula M. L. Moya,
  • Angela Garcia,
  • Francisco Preciado


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Faculty from Anthropology, English and Political Science join Stanford students and staff for perspectives on the U.S. election and its implications for Mexico and Latin America, and for the prospects of immigrants living in the U.S.

(TBD) undergraduate (Centro Chicano and Latino Outreach and CORE Coordinator)

Lenica Morales-Valenzuela is a Masters in Latin American Studies student here at the Center of Latin American Studies. Her past research has focused on human rights advocacy for genocide survivors of the Guatemalan Civil War and studying root causes for Central American migration to the United States. Currently, her research is shifting towards issues of constitutionality of indigenous rights in Guatemala and how indigenous populations have been interacting (or not) with the Guatemalan state. 





angela garcia
Professor Garcia’s work engages historical and institutional processes through which violence and suffering is produced and lived. A central theme is the disproportionate burden of addiction, depression and incarceration among poor families and communities. Her research is oriented toward understanding how attachments, affect, and practices of intimacy are important registers of politics and economy.

Professor Garcia is currently engaged in research in Mexico City that examines emerging social and discursive worlds related to the dynamics of extreme urban poverty, mental illness and drug addiction in Mexico City, particularly within its peripheral zones.



paula moya
Dr. Paula M. L. Moya is Professor of English and, by courtesy, of Iberian and Latin American Cultures and the Director of the Research Institute of Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University.

She was also a founding organizer and coordinating team member of The Future of Minority Studies research project (FMS), an inter-institutional, interdisciplinary, and multigenerational research project facilitating focused and productive discussions about the democratizing role of minority identity and participation in a multicultural society.



Beatriz Magaloni
Beatriz Magaloni
Beatriz Magaloni is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and a Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford University. She is also an affiliated faculty member of the Woods Institute of the Environment (2011-2013), a Faculty Fellow at the Stanford Center for International Development, and became an affiliated faculty member at CISAC in 2014.






frankie preciados

Francisco Preciado, J.D., Executive Director SEIU Local 2007 at Stanford.  Francisco has experience working in local and state politics.  He has advised California State Assembly Members and State Senators, managed a non-profit, worked as a union organizer, and completed several legal externships.  He is a graduate of UC Berkeley School of Law, where he was recognized for his work assisting low-income workers.  Francisco has a Masters Degree in Mexican American Studies from San Jose State University, and a dual Bachelors Degree in Political Science and Chicano(a) Studies from Stanford University.





alberto diaz
Alberto Diaz-Cayeros Director of the Center for Latin American Studies.  Alberto joined the FSI faculty in 2013 after serving for five years as the director of the Center for US-Mexico studies at the University of California, San Diego. He earned his Ph.D at Duke University in 1997. He was an assistant professor of political science at Stanford from 2001-2008, before which he served as an assistant professor of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles. Diaz-Cayeros has also served as a researcher at Centro de Investigacion Para el Desarrollo, A.C. from 1997-1999. His work has primarily focused on federalism, poverty and economic reform in Latin America, and Mexico in particular. He has published widely in Spanish and English.