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About Óscar F. Gil-García

I am an assistant professor in Department of Human Development in the College of Community and Public Affairs, Binghamton University, State University of New York. My research lies at the intersection of forced migration, humanitarianism, gender and development. I have over ten years of experience in conducting ethnographic research with indigenous Mayan refugees from Guatemala. My work examines their incorporation in Mexico’s southernmost border state of Chiapas and the U.S. 

I have conducted research on the legal barriers to naturalization and citizenship of this population following their return or deportation from the U.S. to Mexico. Preliminary findings have been published in The Conversation and republished in Plaza Pública and América Sin Muros, in Guatemala and Mexico, respectively. 

A photo-documentary component of the study titled “Guatemalan Forced Migration”, was selected for the Art & Opression exhibition at the Marion Center Photographic Arts in Santa Fe and is on permanent display at CENTER. Findings from the study will be used to shape policies that enable the legalization of stateless migrants who fled the Guatemalan civil war and now reside in Mexico.

I am also engaged in a new research project that will examine the health and social service needs of unaccompanied migrant youth in Oakland, California.


August 2016 - Present Assistant Professor, Binghamton University--SUNY

Curriculum Vitae


2017 - Present Immigrant minors’ access to care at a School Based Health Clinic
Binghamton University
Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence Research Grant
Role: Co-PI
Colleague(s): Dr. Elizabeth Mellin (Co-PI), Dr. Tiffany Joseph (SUNY Stony Brook), Dr. Naomi Schapiro (UCSF), Dr. Luis Zayas (UT Austin), Dr. Krista Perreira (UNC Chapel Hill)
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2016 - Present National Research Mentorship Network, Fellow
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Honors and Awards

  • Best article prize by the Latino/a and Ethnic, and Racial Minorities Sections of the American Sociological Association and Latino/a Studies Section of the Latin American Studies Association.


  • Social Science Research Methods
  • Researching Immigrant Lives
  • Migration, Citizenship, and Human Rights


BA, Vassar College ‐ Sociology
MA, University of California, Santa Barbara ‐ Sociology
PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara ‐ Sociology
Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Los Angeles ‐ Anthropology

Contact Information

 Office: University Downtown Center, Room 421
      Office Phone: 607-777-9205

Creative Works (3)

Recent Works (2)

Research Works (3)