Residency: March – June 2015
Research Project: Exploring Transnational Economic, Social and Political Participation of Latino Immigrants in Oregon
Research Interests: community development, immigrants in the U.S. and Canada, mixed methodologies, transnational civic engagement
Public Talk: “Exploring Transnational Economic, Social and Political Participation of Latino Immigrants in Oregon” on May 13, 2015
Anabel Lopez Salinas is from Oaxaca, Mexico, where she obtained a master’s degree in regional and technological development. Her focus was economic development and migration between the United States and the Mixteca, the poorest region of Oaxaca and the birthplace of her parents. Lopez Salinas also worked as a municipal adviser for a community in the Mixteca and helped the local leaders implement strategies and sustainable programs to mitigate emigration and keep their most valuable resource in the community: their people.
Since September 2011, Lopez Salinas has worked and volunteered with the Hispanic immigrant community in Oregon, and served as board secretary of the Beaverton Hispanic Center. While working on her dissertation, she has interviewed immigrants and public officials related to the economic, political and social incorporation of immigrants in Oregon, a relatively new destination for Latino immigrants. Because of this, there is a need to understand how to integrate this community both with other immigrant communities as well as mainstream U.S. society.