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Dr. Margaret   Dorsey
Dr. Margaret Dorsey
Professor of Anthropology
Margaret Dorsey is Professor of Anthropology at the University or Richmond and an award-winning author of Fencing in Democracy: Border Walls, Necrocitizenship and the Security State. In 2021, Dorsey’s students created a fabulous interactive website as part of their “Borders and Walls” course.  Dorsey was an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) as well as founding curator of UTRGV’s bilingual Border Studies Archive. In addition to being a Visiting Associate Professor of Anthropology at Brooklyn College (CUNY), Dorsey completed an Ethel-Jane Westfeld Bunting Fellowship at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe. Her research focuses on border security, Mexican American folklore and border studies more generally. Dorsey has published numerous articles on citizenship, borders and walls with Miguel Díaz-Barriga. In 2016, they co-curated an internationally-juried art exhibition at apexart in Manhattan and created a short documentary film for the American Anthropological Association on aesthetics and border walls. Her other book-length publications include Linda Escobar and Tejano Conjunto Music and Pachangas: Borderlands Music, U.S. Politics, and Transnational Marketing.
Selected Publications

with M. Díaz-Barriga. Fencing in Democracy: Border Walls, NecroCitizenship and the Security State. Duke University Press. Awarded 2020 Best/First Place Book Award by ALLA, American Anthropological Association.

ed, with E. Alfaro, R. Bacha-Garza, S. Hernandez, and R. 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, Edinburg, TX: CHAPS at UTP

Linda Escobar and Tejano Conjunto Music (book-length, multi-media, double-blind, peer-reviewed online publication) with EVIA (Ethnographic Video for Instruction and Analysis) Digital Archive Program. Mellon Foundation, University of Michigan and Indiana University

Pachangas:  Borderlands Music, U.S.  Politics, and Transnational Marketing. Austin: University of Texas Press. Reviews: Latino Studies, Journal of Folklore Research, American Ethnologist, Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology


with M. Díaz-Barriga produced an ethnographic film, World on the Move, for the American Anthropological Association, World on the Move: 100,000 Years of Human Migration

Ph.D., Indiana University 2002
Departments of Anthropology and Communication & Culture: minor in Ethnomusicology & Folklore
M.A., 2000
Departments of Anthropology and Communication & Culture
B.A., Southwestern University 1996
Sociology and Political Science, Cum Laude
Contact Information
106 Weinstein Hall
(804) 289-1770