Margaret   E.  Dorsey

Associate Professor  

Office: ELABN 311
Phone: (956) 665-2909
Email: margaret.dorsey@utrgv.edu

Dr. Margaret E. Dorsey

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Security, Technology
    • Immigration, Visual Studies
    • Border Studies, Feminism
    • Expressive Culture, Ethnomusicology
    • Ethinicity, the Americas, Mexicanas/os
  • Education

    • MA, Anthropology; Communication & Culture, Indiana University Bloomington, 2002
    • PhD, Anthropology, Indiana University Bloomington, 2002
    • BA, Sociology and Political Science, Southwestern University, 1996
  • Currently Teaching

    ANTH 3375 01 - Mexican Amer Folklore:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks
    ANTH 2306 01 - Borders and Migration:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks
    ANTH 6375 01 - Mexican-American Folklor:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks




Selected Publications


  • Miguel Diaz-Barriga and Margaret Dorsey. "Trump’s Wall and the Dictator Aesthetic," Anthropology News. Washington D.C. : American Anthropological Association, August 2017.

  • Margaret Dorsey and Miguel Diaz-Barriga. "Exceptional States and Insipid Border Walls," The U.S.-Mexico Transborder Region: Cultural Dynamics and Historical Interactions . Arizona: University of Arizona Press, April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2017: 65–80.

  • Margaret Dorsey and Miguel Diaz-Barriga. "Anthropology, Art, and the US-Mexico Border," Anthropology News. Washington, DC: American Anthropological Association, 57, no. 5 May 2016: 2.

  • Margaret Dorsey and Miguel Diaz-Barriga. Fencing in Democracy. Exhibition, Fencing in Democracy. New York: apexart, April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2016: 7.

  • Margaret Dorsey and Miguel Diaz-Barriga. "The Constitution Free Zone in the United States: Law and Life in a State of Carcelment,," Punishment and the State: Imprisonment, Transgressions, Scapegoats, and the Contributions of Anthropology. Political and Legal Anthropology Review 38, no. 2 (September 2015): 204-225.

  • Russell Skowronek, Margaret Dorsey, Juan Gonzalez, Sonia Hernandez, Bobbie Lovett, Kenneth Summy, J. Garcia, J. Alaniz, R. Garza, S. Lopez, D. Neal, A. Casiano, A. Aparicio, J. Hernandez, B. Martinez, J. Meave, M. Allen, N. Perez, R. Pena, R. Fink, and C. Newton. Atwood Acres: A Porción of Edinburg. A Report (#3) Prepared for the Atwood Family and for the University of Texas-Pan American, Community Historical Archaeology Project with Schools Program. Edinburg, TX: University of Texas-Pan American, 2014.

  • Edna Alfaro, Roseann Bacha-Garza, Margaret Dorsey, Sonia Hernandez, and Russell Skowronek. From Porciones to Colonias, The Power of Place and Community-Based Learning in K-12 Education-A Case Study from the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities Project AC-50152-12, Community Historical Archaeology Project with Schools Program. Edinburg, TX: University of Texas-Pan American, 2014.

  • Margaret Dorsey, Edna Alfaro, Roseann Bacha-Garza, Sonia Hernandez, and Russell Skowronek. "From Porciones to Colonias: Curriculum Development in K-12 Education - Methodology and Program Development," From Porciones to Colonias: The Power of Place- and Community-Based Learning in K-12 Education—A Case Study From the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. University of Texas Pan American, 2014: 25-30.

  • Margaret Dorsey, Edna Alfaro, Roseann Bacha-Garza, Sonia Hernandez, and Russell Skowronek, ed. From Porciones to Colonias: The Power of Place- and Community-Based Learning in K-12 Education—A Case Study From the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. It's an anthology.. 2014.

  • Margaret Dorsey and Miguel Diaz-Barriga. "Introduction to Anthropology and Preservation in the Rio Grande Valley," From Porciones to Colonias: The Power of Place- and Community-Based Learning in K-12 Education—A Case Study From the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. The University of Texas-Pan American, 2014: 17-24.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Margaret Dorsey. Digitizing Contamincion, Texas State Library and Archives Commission, $24,600.00 (September 2017 - August 2018)

  • Margaret Dorsey. apexart unsolicited programming winning exhibition, apexart, $40,000.00 (2015 - 2016)

  • Margaret Dorsey. Preservation Assessment: Border Studies Archive and Museum of South Texas History, National Endowment for the Humanities, Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions, $6,000.00 (2013 - 2015)

  • Margaret Dorsey. Digitizing Curanderismo, TexTreasures Grant, Texas State Library and Archives Commission, $17,796.00 (2013 - 2014)

  • Margaret Dorsey. Digital Humanities @Oxford, Office of the Provost, Faculty Development Council/Faculty Development Fund Program, University of Texas Pan American, $3,500.00 ( 2013)

  • Margaret Dorsey. From Porciones to Colnias: Inserting the Hispanic in a Hispanic Serving Institution through Curriculum Innovation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Bridging Cultures Initiative: Humanities Initiatives for Faculty: Institutions with High Hispanic Enrollment, $99,425.00 (2012 - 2013)

  • Russell Skowronek. From Porciones to Colonias: Inserting the Hispanic in a Hispanic Serving Institution through Curriculum Innovation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Bridging Cultures Initiative: Humanities Initiatives for Faculty: Institutions with High Hispanic Enrollment, $99,425.00 (2012 - 2013)

  • Margaret Dorsey. Archival Digitization and Preservation Workshop, Office of the Provost, Faculty Development Council/Faculty Development Fund Program, University of Texas Pan American, $2,000.00 ( 2012)

  • Margaret Dorsey. HEAF Equipment Request for the Border Studies Archive, Office of the Provost, Vice President of Academic Affairs-CSBS, Higher Education Assistance Fund (HEAF), University of Texas Pan American, $3,500.00 ( 2012)

  • Russell Skowronek. United States Department of Agriculture Hispanic-Serving Institutions National Program Cooperative Agreement Grant, United States Department of Agriculture, $1,525.00 ( 2012)



Selected Presentations


  • Miguel Diaz-Barriga and Margaret Dorsey. "The Wall: The Militarization of the U.S-Mexico Border," International Indigenous Research Symposium: Decolonizing/ Walls/ Borders/ Spaces/Bodies, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg (May 2017)

  • Margaret Dorsey and Miguel Diaz-Barriga. "The Wall: The Militarization of the U.S-Mexico Border," International Indigenous Research Symposium: Decolonizing/ Walls/ Borders/ Spaces/Bodies, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, TX (May 2017)

  • Miguel Diaz-Barriga and Margaret Dorsey. "Resisting the Wall: Artistic and Community Responses," The First Decade of the U.S.-Mexico Border Wall, The Rapoport Center, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX (April 2017)

  • Margaret Dorsey and Miguel Diaz-Barriga. "The Built Wall," The First Decade of the U.S.-Mexico Border Wall, The Rapoport Center, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX (April 2017)

  • Miguel Diaz-Barriga and Margaret Dorsey. "Citizenship Trumped: Walls and Sovereignty on the U.S. Mexico Border," The Rolando Hinojosa-Smith Lecture, University of Illinois, Urbana Illinois (April 2017)

  • Margaret Dorsey and Miguel Diaz-Barriga. "World on the Move," Annual Meeting American Anthropological Association, American Anthropological Association, Minneapolis MN (November 2016)

  • Miguel Diaz-Barriga and Margaret Dorsey. "Refracting Class, Color and Citizenship in World of Walls," Nelson-Atkins Museum and Central States Anthropological Society, Central States Anthropological Society Annual Meetings, Kansas City, KA (April 2016)

  • Margaret Dorsey and Miguel Diaz-Barriga. "The Impacts of Border Militarization," A World of Walls: Why are we Building New Barriers to Divide Us?, School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, New Mexico (April 2016)

  • Miguel Diaz-Barriga and Margaret Dorsey. "U.S. Border Control," Roboprocesses Workshop, National Science Foundation, Washington D.C. (September 2015)

  • Margaret Dorsey and Miguel Diaz-Barriga. "Border Walls, Sovereignty, and Militarization in the 21st Century," Program in Latin American Studies Lecture, Princeton University, Princeton NJ (April 2015)



Selected Performances and Exhibitions


  • Miguel Diaz-Barriga "Migration on the Move," Arlington, VA (2017)

  • "Fencing in Democracy," New York, New York, USA (2016)

  • Margaret Dorsey "Linda Escobar: and Tejano-Conjunto Music," (2008)

Current Courses

ANTH 3375 01 - Mexican Amer Folklore:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
ANTH 2306 01 - Borders and Migration:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
ANTH 6375 01 - Mexican-American Folklor:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks

Previous Courses