Sandibel Borges is an Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Layola Marymount University. Her research looks at the experiences of LGBTQ Latinx migrants in Los Angeles, California and those of LGBTQ returning migrants in Mexico City to examine how heteronormativity, white supremacy, exploitation, and surveillance are embedded in the immigration system. She further investigates the practices of refusal and resistance that LGBTQ Latinx migrant narrators employ against systems of violence.
University of California - Santa Barbara: Ph.D., Feminist Studies 2017
University of California - Santa Barbara: M.A., Feminist Studies 2011
Washington State University: B.A., Women's Studies, Spanish Literature 2009
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México: Visiting Scholar, Estudios de Género 2015
Areas of Expertise (7)
Home and Belonging
Latinx Queer Communities
Feminisms of Color
Industry Expertise (1)
Not Coming Out, but Building Home: An Oral History in Re-conceptualizing a Queer Migrant HomeUniversity of Texas Press
2015 A feminist study and oral history based in the “coming out” experiences of a Third World, Zapotec-Oaxacan, working-class immigrant woman. Discussion of community issues around queer sexualities, dominant narratives, and home building; brings attention to little-cited scholarship and theory on practices within minority communities.
Home and Homing as Resistance: Survival of LGBTQ Latinx MigrantsWomen's Studies Quarterly
2018 Using oral histories, this article reappropriates the concept of home to conceptualize it as a space of survival in the lives of LGBTQ Latinx migrants in Los Angeles, California, and migrant returnees in Mexico City, Mexico.
“We have to do a lot of healing”: LGBTQ migrant Latinas resisting and healing from systemic violenceJournal of Lesbian Studies
2019 Using narratives from oral histories of LGBTQ migrant Latinas in Los Angeles, California, and Mexico City, Mexico, this article argues that, despite experiences of oppression, the narrators practice resistance in their daily lives. The article first addresses how the narrators confront conditions of detainability and deportability, making survival a constant struggle. It then presents different ways in which the narrators engage in resistance, from survival to community building and activism. Finally, it argues that healing is a key factor in the narrators’ resistance—healing functions as both a tool for and outcome of resistance.