Faculty Directory

Patricia J Zavella
  • Pronouns she, her, ella
  • Title
    • Professor Emerita
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Latin American & Latino Studies
  • Affiliations Dolores Huerta Research Center for the Americas, Feminist Studies Department, Anthropology Department, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Community Studies Program
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Remote work location, contact by email
  • Office Hours N/A
  • Mail Stop Merrill/Crown Faculty Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Chicana/o Studies, American Studies, Latino/a Studies, Sexuality, Poverty

Research Interests


The movement for reproductive justice, family, poverty, sexuality, transnational migration by Mexicans, Chicanx-Latinx studies, feminism, ethnographic research methods

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D., Anthropology
University of California, Berkeley

Honors, Awards and Grants

American Anthropological Association's Committee on Gender Equity in Anthropology Award, 2016

Association of Latina and Latino Anthropologists 2016 ALLA Distinguished Career Award    

The Society for the Anthropology of North America Distinguished Career Achievement in the Critical Study of North America Award, 2010

“Honorable Mention” for the 2009-10 Excellence in Teaching Award, 2010

“Faculty Research Lecture” by the Academic Senate, University of California Santa Cruz, 2009

“Scholar of the Year” by the Chicano/Latino Research Center, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2006.
“NACCS Scholar of the Year” by the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies, 2003.
The Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights Outstanding Book Award of 2002 for Telling to Live: Latina Feminist Testimonios, co-authored with The Latina Feminist Group.
Named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics, Hispanic Business Magazine, October 2002.

Selected Publications

Teaching Interests

Migration, Gender and Health in Latina/o Communities
Latino Families in Transition
Latina/o Ethnographic Practice
Criminalizing the Poor

Migration, Borders, Borderlands