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Sarah Luna


Ph.D., M.A. University of Chicago
B.A. University of Texas at San Antonio


I am a sociocultural anthropologist, and my research focuses on the Mexico/U.S. border, migration, sexuality, mission work and sexual labor. I am currently working on my first book manuscript, Selling Sex and Finding Jesus: Love and Obligation on the Mexican Border, which is based upon my Fulbright-Hays funded dissertation project.

My Latin American Studies courses at Davidson are informed by my wider research and teaching interests in anthropology, gender and sexuality studies, and ethnic studies.

I have taught at the University of Chicago, the University of California at San Diego, and the University of Houston. Two main goals for my classroom are to create an environment where we can view the world from diverse–sometimes contradictory–perspectives, and to create a learning community built upon mutual respect. I see the classroom as a place of the co-production of knowledge. I like to work with students to develop research projects that can extend beyond the space of the classroom and reach other audiences.

I have also participated in collaborative intersectional feminist conceptual art projects and performances with artists, academics, and curators in Mexico City, San Diego, Oaxaca, Houston and Austin.