Leisy J. Abrego

Professor and Chair, Department of Chicana/o and Central American Studies

Leisy J. Abrego is Professor and Chair in the Department of Chicana/o and Central American Studies at UCLA. Her research and teaching interests are in Central American migration, families, gender, and the intimate consequences of U.S. foreign and immigration policies. Her scholarship analyzing legal consciousness and legal violence explores the structures that produce inequality and the modes of resistance of different subsectors of Latina/o/x immigrants, including undocumented students and transnational families. She is the author of Sacrificing Families: Navigating Laws, Labor, and Love Across Borders (Stanford University Press, 2014); Immigrant Families (with Cecilia Menjívar and Leah Schmalzbauer, Polity Press, 2017); and We Are Not Dreamers: Undocumented Scholars Theorize Undocumented Life in the United States (co-edited with Genevieve Negrón-Gonzales, Duke University Press, 2020).