• Research and Publications
Dr. Sarabia’s research has been shaped by her experiences as an immigrant from Mexico living in the U.S. Three themes summarize her research agenda. First, she is interested on globalization and transnationalism. Specifically, she studies global inequality and how visas and passports shape stratification, as well as how individuals and organizations mobilize collectively to create societal change to challenge inequality and demand justice across borders. Second, related to the issue of stratification, she is interested in particular in illegality as a regime, and how it shapes border crossing practices and settlement in the U.S. Finally, her research interests also include the process of immigrant adaptation and incorporation into the U.S. social fabric, access to legal and medical institutions, and the role legal status plays in these processes.
She has published, and is currently working on, the following manuscripts:
I. Globalization and Transnationalism
Sarabia, Heidy. 2015. “Global South Cosmopolitans from Mexico: Privilege, Mobility and the Reinforcement of Difference in the Global South and the Global North.” Ethnic and Racial Studies. 38 (2): 227-242.
Sarabia, Heidy. 2012. “U.S.-Mexico Border.” The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Globalization. Edited by George Ritzer.
II. Illegality and Deportability
Sarabia, Heidy. Forthcoming. “Citizenship in the Global South: Policing Irregular Migrants and Eroding Citizenship Rights in Mexico.” Latin American Perspectives.
Sarabia, Heidy. 2017. “Caging Paloma: illegality and violence along the U.S. Mexico border.” (Book chapter for Forced Out and Fenced In: Immigration Tales from the Field, Tanya Golash-Boza, editor.)
II. Immigrant Adaption/Integration in the U.S.
Bloemraad, Irene, Heidy Sarabía, and Angela Fillingim. 2017. “Citizenship Acts: Legality, Power and the Limits of Political Action.” (Solicited book chapter for Within and Beyond Citizenship: Lived Experiences of Political Membership, N. Sigona and R. G. Gonzales, editors.)
Bloemraad, Irene, Heidy Sarabía, and Angela Fillingim. 2016. “Staying out of Trouble” and Doing what is “Right:” Citizenship Acts, Citizenship Ideals and the Effects of Legal Status on Second-Generation Youth. American Behavioral Scientist. 60(13) 1534-1552.
Sarabia, Heidy. 2016. “Detention, Incarceration, and Deportation” in Contemporary Issues for People of Color: Surviving and Thriving in the U.S. Today (5 of 5 volumes – Immigration/Migration), Eds. Alvaro Huerta, Norma Iglesias-Prieto and Donathan L. Brown. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO / Greenwood. ABC-CLIO.
Sarabia, Heidy and Aida Rodriguez. 2016.”Unaccompanied Undocumented Minors” in Contemporary Issues for People of Color: Surviving and Thriving in the U.S. Today (5 of 5 volumes – Immigration/Migration), Eds. Alvaro Huerta, Norma Iglesias-Prieto and Donathan L. Brown. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO / Greenwood. ABC-CLIO.