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Juan Jose Bustamante

Juan Jose Bustamante

Associate Professor of Sociology and Latin American and Latino Studies

(ARSC)-Arts & Sciences

(SOCI)-Sociology and Criminology

Phone: 479-575-3810

Fax: 479-575-7981

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Juan José Bustamante is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Arkansas. He has a joint appointment between the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice and the Latin American and Latino Studies Program. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Michigan State University, and an M.S. and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Texas Pan American. Born in Mexico City and raised in both Mexico and Texas, his research interests include Latina/o communities, international immigration, and qualitative research methods. He is the author of Transnational Struggles: Public Policy, Gender, and Family Life on the Texas-Mexico Border (LFB Scholarly Publishers, 2013).  His work focuses on developing an interpretive approach to the study of communities within the US-Mexico border area as part of a cohesive, transnational social field.

Dr. Bustamante’s current work collecting ethnographic data from Latina/os and migrants living in the Northwest Arkansas (NWA) area extends his research on racially and community structured components of migration beyond the physical limits of the US-Mexico border. He is interested in studying and documenting the impact of Latino population growth, distribution, and age-structure on local educational, labor, housing, and public safety services, as well examining the strategies larger social institutions have adopted to address the demographic shift in the area. In an effort to assess and document the far-reaching changes set in motion by this historic shift, and with the support of competitive, intra-mural, small grants, Dr. Bustamante has created a Life History Archive Initiative entitled The Southern Latino and Migrant Voices Project (SLMVP). This collection of photographs, fieldnotes, and interviews is based on ethnographic work and student and visual exploration data. It is a community-based effort, which goal is the preservation of Southern Latino and migrant life histories.

Latina/o Sociology; Social Justice In Latin America; Race Relations; International Migration; Qualitative Research Methods; Evaluation Research; Reproductive Justice

  • Latina/os, Migration, and the US South -- Service Learning Component
  • The Latin American City
  • Race, Class, and Gender in America
  • Applied Qualitative Methods -- Graduate Level
  • General Sociology


“Transnational Struggles: Policy, Gender, and Family Life on the Texas-Mexico Border.” El Paso, TX. LFB Scholarly Publishing. A title part of the Book Series, The New Americans: Recent Immigration and American Society edited by Steven J. Gold and Rubén G. Rumbaut, December 2013.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

“White Space, Brown Place: Racialized Experiences Accessing Public Space in an Arkansas Immigrant Community” (with Aarón Arredondo), Sociological Inquiry, Early View Online, 2019, https://doi.org/10.1111/soin.12273.

“U.S. Immigration Enforcement by Proxy: The Making of a New South to South Border Between Mexico and Central America.” In Imagined Borders, Lived Ambiguity: Theoretical Explorations of Failing Taxonomies of Sovereign Nation-States, edited by B. Garrick Harden. Lexington Books, in press, 2019.

‘La Polimigra’: A Social Construct Behind the ‘Deportation Regime’ in the Greater Northwest Arkansas Region.” (With Eric Gamino). Humanity & Society, 42(3):344-366, 2018, https://doi.org/10.1177/0160597617748165.

"Vivir y Morir En La Frontera Tamaulipeca: Marginalidad Juvenil en el Contexto de la Violencia Fronteriza." Revista nuestrAmérica 4(8):45-53, 2016.

“Policía Investigadora: El Modelo Hernán Guajardo, Nuevo León 1987-1989.” In Ética Pública Frente a Corrupción. Instrumentos Éticos de Aplicación Práctica. Diego, O. (Ed.). Toluca: Instituto de Administración Pública del Estado de México, A.C., Pp. 121-152, 2015.

"El Desarrollo Humano y Los Cimientos Estructurales de Políticas Públicas en Materia de Seguridad." In Seguridad Pública y Justicia Penal: Un Enfoque Desde la Seguridad Humana, Arzate, E.U., and Martínez, A. F. (Eds.). México D.F.: Editorial Novum, Pp. 45-68, 2014.

“Assessing Latina Adolescent Fertility: A Comparative Study of Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, and Cubans in Texas.” In Hispanics in the Southwest: Issues of Immigration, Education, Health and Public Policy. Benavides, A., Midobuche, E., and Carlson, P., (Eds). Tempe, AZ: Bilingual Review Press, (with Alejandro Gradilla), Pp. 144-154, 2011, lead author.

“Perpetuating Split-Household Families: The Case of Mexican Sojourners in Mid-Michigan and Their Transnational Fatherhood Practices.” Migraciones Internacionales, (with Carlos E. Alemán) 4, 1: 65-86, 2007, lead author.

“Mexican Communities and Acculturation: A Comparative Study of ‘El Valle del Río Grande and Detroit’s Mexican Town’.” In Nuevas tendencias y Nuevos Desafíos de la Migración Internacional: Memorias del Seminario Permanente sobre Migración Internacional, Vol. II. Castillo, M., and Santibáñez, J. (Eds). Tijuana: El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Pp. 367-382, 2007.

“American Lives, Mexican Justice.” in On the Edge of the Law: Culture, Labor, and Deviance on the South Texas Border. Richardson, C., and Resendiz, R. (Eds). Austin: University of Texas Press, (with Chad Richardson and Rosalva Resendiz), Pp. 215-241, 2006, co-author.

“Investing in Michigan’s Future: Community Investment Policies for Michigan’s Higher Education Institutions.” Community and Economic Development Occasional Papers, (with Jason Camis and Kanthi Karipineni), Lansing: Center for Urban Affairs/ Michigan State University, 2003, co-author.