Araceli Masterson-Algar obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. She also holds Masters degrees in Teaching and Teacher Education and in Latin American Studies, both from the University of Arizona. Her interests are on the cultural manifestations tied to migration dynamics between Latin America, the U.S., and Spain, with a specific focus on the U.S.-Mexico border and the Andean region. Araceli is a strong advocate for transdisciplinary practices in both teaching and scholarship, and her work crisscrosses the social sciences and the humanities. She has published and conducted extensive research on migration, and specifically on the ties between transnational social dynamics, cultural production, and urban planning in Spain and Ecuador. Part of her current research addresses the transatlantic dialogues between indigenous movements in Ecuador, and social movements in Spain since the turn to the 21st century.
Araceli’s scholarship is inseparable from active community engagement. She collaborates with various migrant organizations in both Spain and the U.S., and is also a member of the Binational Migration Institute, which calls for multidisciplinary methods on immigration research. In addition, Araceli has worked on various research, community and teaching initiatives to address the Mexican and Mexican-American histories in the Chicago suburbs, and along the Iowa-Illinois border. She is also Associate editor of the Journal of Urban Cultural Studies, and Senior Editor of the Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies. Most of her courses address cultural analysis as a central to addressing urban processes, migration, and Latin/o American histories.