Assistant Professor, Teaching, Curriculum, and Society
Gabrielle Oliveira’s research focuses on immigration and mobility—on how people move, adapt, and parent across borders. Her expertise includes gender, anthropology, transnationalism, and bilingualism with a concentration on Latin America.
Merging the fields of anthropology and education through ethnographic work in multiple countries, Oliveira also studies the educational trajectories of immigrant and first-generation children.
Oliveira received her bachelor’s degree in her native Brazil and earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from Columbia University, where she was also a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation.
Oliveira has served as a tutor and teacher of English and financial literacy for Latin American immigrants. She is a current manuscript reviewer at the Journal of Diaspora, Indigenous and Minority Education and the Journal of Anthropology and Education Quarterly. She is also the co-founder of the group Colectiva Infancias, which develops free courses on the sociology and anthropology of children and migration in Latin America.
Oliveira, G. (2018). “Motherhood Across Borders: Mexican Immigrants and their Children in Mexico and in New York City”. New York: NYU Press.
Winner of Erickson & Hornberger Outstanding Ethnography in Education Book Award 2019
Winner of Book of the Year – Council of Anthropology and Education 2019
Peña, Vanessa & Bettney, Esther. (2019). Book Review Motherhood Across Borders. Anthropology & Education Quarterly.
Inmaculada M García-Sánchez, Motherhood Across Borders: Immigrants and Their Children in Mexico and New York. Migration Studies mnz040, https://doi.org/10.1093/migration/mnz040
Peer Reviewed Articles:
Oliveira, G., Bacon-Chang, Christopher & Cho, Eunhye*. (under review). “Parallel Perceptions: Teachers and Parents Perspectives on a Dual Language Program”. Bilingual Research Journal.
Oliveira, G., Lima Becker, Mariana* & Bacon, Chris*. (2020). “Eu sei, I know”: Equity and Immigrant Experience in a Portuguese-English Dual Language Program”. TESOL Quarterly.
Oliveira, G. (2019). “Transnational Mothers and School-related Decisions” The Urban Review.
Oliveira, G. (2019). “Here and There”: Children and Youth’s Perspectives of Borders in Mexico-United States Migration. Children & Society, Vol. 33, Issue 6, pp 540-555.
Oliveira, G. (2019). “Undocumented Mexican Immigrant Women’s Work in New York City”. Women’s Studies International Forum, Volume 75, July–August 2019.
Bottema-Beutel, K., Oliveira, G., Miguel, J. & Cohen, S. (2019). “Question-Response-Evaluation Sequences in the Home Interactions of a Bilingual Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder”. International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders.
Castro Samayoa, A., Wargo, J. & Oliveira, G. (2019). “Data’s (In)Humanism: Re/presentations of State, Institutions, and Practices in Contemporary Educational Re/search”. Qualitative Inquiry.
Oliveira, G. (2018). “Childhood and Maternal Separation Narratives in Immigrant Families”. Neos, American Anthropological Association.
Bartlett, L., Oliveira, G. & Ungemah, L. (2018). “Cruel Optimism: Migration and Schooling for Dominican Newcomer Immigrant Youth”. Anthropology and Education Quarterly. Volume 49, Issue 4 December 2018 Pages 444-461.
Oliveira, G. & Bartlett, L. (2018). “Migration and Literacy across the Americas”. Revista Decisio.
Oliveira, G. (2017). "Between Mexico and New York City: Transnational Educational Aspirations and Social Trajectories of Separated Siblings”. Anthropology and Education Quarterly Vol. 48, Issue 2, pp. 159–175, ISSN 0161-7761.
Anzures, A., Mayorga, R., G. Oliveira, Bartlett, L., Kallery, C., Carvajal, C. & Martinez-Martinez, V. (2017). “Negotiating contradictions: educación among Dominican transnational mothers in New York City”. Ethnography and Education Vol. 12, Iss. 3, 2017.
Bartlett, L., Rodriguez, D. & Oliveira, G. (2015). “Migration and education: Sociocultural Perspectives”. Educação e Pesquisa., São Paulo, v.4.
Chapters in Books:
Oliveira, G. & Kentor, C.*(2020). Refugees and Higher Education. Brill Sense. CIHE Handbook.
Oliveira, G. (2020). “Transnational Motherhood”. The Routledge Companion to Motherhood. Lynn O’Brien Hallstein, Andrea O’Reilly and Melinda Vandenbeld Giles (Eds). Taylor & Francis.
Oliveira, G. & Varenne, H.. (2019). Mothers, Educating Themselves About Their Children’s Futures in Mexico and the United States in Hervé Varenne’s Educating in Life Ethnographies of Challenging New Normals, Routledge New York.
Oliveira, G. & Becker, M*. (2019). “Immigrant Latina Youth and their Education Experiences in the United States”. Chapter in Parker, Maureen, Education as a Panacea for Refugee Youth: Transitioning from Conflict to the Classroom, Routledge New York.
Michel, S. & Oliveira, G. (2017). “The Double Lives of Transnational Mothers” Chapter in Michel, Sonya & Ergas, Yasmin, eds. Reassembling Motherhood. New York: Columbia University Press.
Oliveira, G. (2017). “Caring for Your Children: How Immigrant Mothers Experience Care and the Ideals of Motherhood”. Chapter in Michel, Sonya & Peng, Ito. 2017. Gender, Migration, and the Work of Care.: A Multi-Scalar Approach to the Pacific Rim. Palgrave McMillan.
Oliveira, G. (2013). “The Consequences of Mexican Maternal Migration on Children Left Behind.” Chapter in Bartlett, Lesley and Ghaffar-Kucher, Ameena, eds. Refugees, Immigrants, and Education in the Global South: Lives in Motion. New York: Routledge Press.
Online Reports/ Opinion:
Oliveira, G. (June, 2019). For Immigrants at the Border, It's About the Children. Common Dreams, available at: https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/06/07/immigrants-border-its-about-children
Oliveira, G. (December 2018). Families Separated By Economic Borders. Brian Leher Show. WNYC/NPR. Listen here: https://www.wnyc.org/story/families-separated-economic-borders/
Invited Interview for Boston College’s Library Series (November 2018). Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_TUUA-aHAw
Invited Interview for The Heights. “Gabrielle Oliveira Tells the Stories Between the Statistics”. The Heights, October 28 2018. https://bcheights.com/2018/10/28/G.-oliveira/
Invited Interview for PBS. “Psychological Damage Inflicted By Parent-Child Separation is Deep, Long-Lasting: Here's what happens in the brain and the body when a child is forcibly separated from his or her parents.” Allison Eck, Wednesday June 20, 2018. https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/psychological-damage-inflicted-by-parent-child-separation-is-deep-long-lasting/
Oliveira, G. (November, 2016). “Mexican Maternal Migration and Remittances: effects on schooling and education”. Migration Policy Institute, The Source. Available at: https://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/impact-mexican-maternal-migration-children%E2%80%99s-future-ambitions
Oliveira, G. (2013). “Caring for them all”. The Globalist. May 5. https://www.theglobalist.com/caring-for-them-all-mexican-migrant-mothers-and-their-children/
Oliveira, G. (2012). “Staying Connected: Transnational Care-Constellations”. American Anthropological Association, Anthropology News (AN). Borders and Boundaries February issue.
Oliveira, G. and Lowe, R. (2007). “Microfinanças e o Meio Ambiente” Página 22, volume 9, September 2007.
2019 Winner of the Book of the Year Award by the Council of Anthropology and Education, American Anthropological Association.
2019 Inaugural Winner of the Outstanding Ethnography in Education Book Award for Motherhood Across Borders, NYU Press by University of Pennsylvania Ethnography in Education Forum.
2018 Presidential Fellowship Award Concha Delgado Gaitán. Council of Anthropology and Education, American Anthropological Association
2018 Best Paper Prize in Skilled Migration at The Migration Conference, Lisbon Portugal: “Learning to Sell: Undocumented Mexican Immigrant Women in New York City”
2017 Semi-Finalist Postdoctoral Fellowship National Academy of Education/ Spencer Foundation
2015 Dissertation Finalist Council of Anthropology and Education – American Anthropological Association.
2019-2020 Postdoctoral Fellowship National Academy of Education/ Spencer Foundation.
2013-2014 National Academy of Education/ Spencer Foundation Dissertation Writing Fellowship.