Jóvenes migrantes circulares entre Michoacán y California
Cynthia Mendoza Ríos will present a landscape of the itinerant schooling experiences of children migrating between Michoacán, Mexico, and California. It is based on results from a research project on children’s own narratives about their schooling experiences. The project focuses on a diverse group of 13- to 15-year old, US- and Mexican-born, documented migrant children, who spend five months in small rural hamlets in the municipality of Tangancícuaro, Michoacán, and seven months in a migrant camp in Watsonville, California, where their parents toil as seasonal agricultural workers.
She is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at El Colegio de Michoacán. She is a visiting scholar at the Department of Human Ecology where she works on her dissertation, Jóvenes migrantes circulares entre Michoacán y California: narrativas y experiencia familiar y escolar, 2006-2016, with Professor Luis Eduardo Guarnizo. She was born in Paracho, Michoacán, Mexico. The daughter of migrant parents, Cynthia studied in the United States and Mexico, thus has an inside view of the educational systems on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border. Her research interests include the education of vulnerable social groups in relation to the effects of migrant children’s cultural practices and identity processes, as well as their family relations, on their academic attainment. In addition to publishing her current work, Cynthia plans to extend her doctoral research as a longitudinal study of these children’s school and migration history.