Marla Andrea Ramirez
Marla Andrea Ramírez was born in Michoacán, Mexico, she immigrated to the U.S. at the age of twelve, and was raised in East Los Angeles and North Long Beach, California. Dr. Ramírez attended Cerritos Community College and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as an undergraduate. At UCLA, she helped in the development of “Improving Dreams, Equality, Access, and Success” (IDEAS), a student support group for and by undocumented immigrant students. She graduated with the first cohort of undocumented students after Assembly Bill 540 was singed into law. Dr. Ramírez holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in Chicana and Chicano Studies with a Doctoral Emphasis in Feminist Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).
Dr. Ramírez joined San Francisco State University in fall 2016 as an Assistant Professor of Sociology, following a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the Department of Latina/Latino Studies. Her research examines the Great Depression’s era immigration policies focusing on the experiences of Mexican repatriation and banishment of U.S. citizen children of Mexican descent that tore apart thousands of families across the United States-Mexico border. She specializes in oral history, Mexican migrations, mass forced removals, immigration law and policies since the 20th century, gendered migrations, and the “Mexican Repatriation” Program. Dr. Ramírez’s research has been, in part, funded by the UC President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship/Fletcher Jones Fellowship, the UC Santa Barbara’s Chicano Studies Institute Grant for Dissertation Research, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), the Ford Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Fellowship, UC Berkeley’s Summer Oral History Institute, and the National Science Foundation. She is currently working on a book manuscript tentatively titled: Contested Illegality: The “Mexican Repatriation” Program and Prolonged Consequences Across Three Generations.