Gender and Migration

Gender and Migration

My research career started with this topic because everything I was reading as a graduate student seemed to make broad declarations about the social processes of international migration based on the experiences and responses of only men. My work sought not only to include women’s voices, but also to understand how the whole migration process is gendered, from family decision-making and social networks to labor demand and state policies. In Gendered Transitions (1994), based on an ethnographic study of a Mexican undocumented immigrant community, I argued for a perspective of migration as both gendered, and as a gendering experience. And going against the grain of transnationalism, I underscored the particular contributions that immigrant women make towards immigrant integration and permanent settlement.

Selected Books:

Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo (1994) Gendered Transitions: Mexican Experiences of Immigration. University of California Press (4th printing).


Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, editor (2003) Gender and U.S. Immigration: Contemporary Trends. University of California Press.


Selected Articles:

Place, Nature and Masculinity in Immigrant Integration: Latino Immigrant Men in Inner-City Parks and Community Gardens,” NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies, 12(2):112-126.

Tanya Golash-Boza and Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo (2013) “Latino Immigrant Men and the Deportation Crisis: A Gendered Racial Removal Program,” Latino Studies 11 (3):271-292.

Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo (2013) “New Directions in Gender and Immigration Research,” Pp. 180-188 in Steve Gold and Stephanie Nawyn, editors, The Routledge International Handbook of Migration Studies. London and New York: Routledge.

Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo (2000) “Feminism and Migration Scholarship,” THE ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, special issue on “The Social Sciences: A Feminist View,” guest editor, Christine Williams, vol. 571:107-120.

Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo and Ernestine Avila (1997) “‘I’m Here, But I’m There': The Meanings of Latina Transnational Motherhood,” Gender & Society, 11:548-571.

Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo (1995) “Women and Children First: New Directions in Anti-Immigrant Politics.” Socialist Review, 25:169-190.

Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo and Michael A. Messner (1994) “Gender Displays and Men’s Power: The ‘New Man’ and the Mexican Immigrant Man.” In Harry Brod and Michael Kaufman, eds., Theorizing Masculinities. Sage Publications.

Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo (1992) “Overcoming Patriarchal Constraints: The Reconstruction of Gender Relations Among Mexican Immigrant Women and Men,” Gender & Society, 6:393-415.