Mayra   L.  Avila

Lecturer I  

Office: ELABS 345
Email: mayra.avila@utrgv.edu

Dr. Mayra L. Avila

Mayra Avila is currently working on her manuscript on women during the Bracero Program. She is a McNair Scholar and has received various travel awards. Her research focuses on gender, labor, and migration.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Mexican Labor
    • Woman in Latin America
    • Immigration and Labor
  • Education

    • PhD, History, The University of Texas - El Paso.
    • MA, History, The University of Texas - El Paso, 2013




Selected Publications


  • Mayra Avila. Amada's Blessings from the Peyote Gardens of South Texas. Kingsville, Texas: The Journal of South Texas, 31, no. 2 April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2017.



Selected Presentations


  • Mayra Avila. "The Other Side of the Bracero Program: Men and Women Experiences," Advancing Rural Health – An Interdisciplinary Conversation., The Institute for Rural Health Research at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama (March 2017)

  • Mayra Avila. "Abandonment: The Other Side of the Bracero Program," Shifting Borders: Gender, Family, and Community, The Annual UTEP Borderlands History Conference, University of Texas, El Paso, El Paso, Texas (February 2017)

  • Mayra Avila. "Mistreatment and Death: Remembering the Bracero," Birth and Death in Latin America and its Borderlands: A Historical View, FESTIBA, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (November 2016)

  • Mayra Avila. "Men Migration, Women’s Survival," Bridging through Stories: Families, Work and Gendered Migration across the Global Village 2016 Symposium, Women and Gender Research Collaborative, University of Texas, San Marcos, San Marcos, Texas (March 2016)

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