Fernando Villegas

Fernando Villegas

Graduate Student

Cohort 2016-17

Office: 7349 Bunche Hall

Email: fervrivera@g.ucla.edu

Biography

During his graduate studies, Fernando’s work focused on the economic, social and political impact of collective remittances in community development in Sinaloa, México. Because of his work, Fernando was invited by the Latin American Research Centre (LARC) at the University of Calgary in Canada to serve as a Visiting Researcher in Residence. More recently he served as a field researcher in an international interdisciplinary project called: “Transit migration along Mexico’s Ruta Pacifico: analyzing the State, civil society, and communities”. Through ethnographic interviews and participant observation, he examines transit migration by focusing on practices, discourses and relations between state institutions, civil society organizations and local communities. Currently, he was awarded with the UC MEXUS-CONACYT Doctoral Fellowship.

Education

  • MA, Chicana and Chicano Studies, University of California, Los Angeles (2019)
  • MA, Social Sciences, Emphasis on Regional Studies, Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa (2014)
  • BA, Political Science and Public Administration, Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa (2009)

Research

  • “The Indifferent Subnational State: Sinaloan State Government relations with its Diaspora in Los Angeles”.
  • “Transit migration along Mexico’s Ruta Pacifico: analyzing the State, civil society, and communities”.
  • “El impacto de las remesas colectivas en el desarrollo comunitario. Estudio de caso del municipio de Elota, Sinaloa 2002-2013”.

Selected Publications

  • ¨Inmigrantes indocumentados en Estados Unidos: cambios en el movimiento y resistencias desarrolladas¨ in Migración de mexicanos a Estados Unidos. Derechos humanos y desarrollo, Juan Pablos Editor and Consejo Nacional de Universitarios por una Nueva Estrategia de Desarrollo, México, 2019. ISBN: 978-607-711-517-5
  • “Migrantes centroamericanos en tránsito por Mazatlán: consecuencias y efectos de la geopolítica migratoria a nivel local”, Migración de tránsito por la Ruta del Pacífico mexicano, Universidad Tecnológica de Escuinapa, 2018. ISBN: 978-607-737-266-0
  • “El impacto de la migración en tránsito por Sinaloa: Estado, organizaciones de la sociedad civil y comunidades”, Ser-migrante, International Organization for Migration (Mexico), 2017.
  • “El impacto de la migración en tránsito por Sinaloa: Estado, sociedad civil y comunidades”, 4th International Conference on Global Migration: Social Networks and Public Space Construction of Transnational Migrants, Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa, Arizona State University and others, December 2015.
  • “Factores que contribuyen o limitan el envío de remesas colectivas en Sinaloa”, Migración, desarrollo regional y cultura de Sinaloa, Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa, 2014, ISBN: 978-607-737-067-3.
  • “Los Clubes de Migrantes en México y Sinaloa: ¿Palancas para el Desarrollo?”, Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa, ARENAS, No. 37, Vol. 15, May-August 2014, ISSN: 2007-2333.
  • “Social, Economic and Political Impact of the 3 x 1 Program for Migrants and the Collective Remittances in Sinaloa, Mexico”, Latin American Research Centre, University of Calgary, Occasional Paper Series, No.1, Vol. 4, April 2014, ISSN: 1925-847X.

Courses

  • Teaching Associate for the course “Nonviolence and Social Movements”.
  • Part of the instructional team working with Rev. James Lawson Jr., a US leader of the civil rights movement who worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Teaching Associate for the course “Latino Social Policy”.
  • Teaching Associate for the course “10A-1 Chicana/o Studies: History and Culture” (discussion sections language: Spanish).
  • Teaching Associate for the course “LBR&WS 126 Farm Workers Transnational Struggle and the Legacy of the United Farm Workers”
  • Teaching Assistant for the courses “M128 Race, Gender and Labor in the United States”, Labor and Workplace Studies, and “CCS 101: Theoretical Concepts in Chicana/o Studies”, 2017-2018.
  • Teaching Assistant for the courses “10A-1 Chicana/o Studies: History and Culture”, “10B: Introduction to Chicana/o/x Studies: Social Structures & Contemporary Conditions”, and “101 Theoretical Concepts in Chicana & Chicano Studies”, 2016-2017.
  • Professor in Mexican History and Philosophy. Universidad Tecmilenio, Mazatlán, Sin. México