Tanya Golash-Boza

Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California, Merced
Chapter Member: Bay Area SSN, California SSN
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About Tanya

Golash-Boza’s most recent work is on the social consequences of immigration policy, with a focus on deportations. She recently finished a book based on interviews with 150 people who were deported from the United States. This research builds on previous work on immigration policy. Her book, Immigration Nation, explains how U.S. immigration policy has negatively affected the human rights of immigrants and their family members. Another book, Due Process Denied, describes how non-citizens can be detained and deported without regard for constitutional limits on disproportionate punishment. Gloash-Boza has also published work on Latino racial identity and classification in the United States as well as on racial dynamics in Latin America. Her first book, Yo Soy Negro: Blackness in Peru, is the first book in English on meanings of blackness in Peru.


In the News

"Epifanio Camacho: a Militant Farmworker Brushed Out of History," Tanya Golash-Boza (with Michael Golash), CounterPunch, March 25, 2019.
"Which 3-Letter Agency is Enforcing US Immigration Laws at the Border?," Tanya Golash-Boza, The Conversation, July 10, 2018.
Tanya Golash-Boza quoted by Jose Moreno, "In Bensalem, a Potential Police Alliance with ICE Brings a Warning" The Inquirer, January 12, 2018.
"Here’s How Undocumented Students are Able to Enroll at American Universities," Tanya Golash-Boza (with Benigno Merlin), The Conversation, November 24, 2016.
"It’s Time to Legalize All Undocumented Immigrants," Tanya Golash-Boza, Al Jazeera America, August 7, 2015.
"Racism, Citizenship and Deportation in the United States," Tanya Golash-Boza, Open Democracy, June 23, 2015.
"Mass Deportation Targets Black and Latino Men," Tanya Golash-Boza, Santa Barbara Independent, January 24, 2015.
"Is President Obama a Deporter-in-Chief?," Tanya Golash-Boza, El Beisman, March 20, 2014.
Interview on Immigration Tanya Golash-Boza, Society Pages, February 24, 2014.
"Does Racism Help or Hurt White America?," Tanya Golash-Boza, Counterpunch, January 29, 2014.
"Asian Americans: Myth and Reality," Tanya Golash-Boza, Al Jazeera, December 23, 2013.
"Obama's Deportation Record is One of Discrimination," Tanya Golash-Boza, Houston Chronicle, October 24, 2013.
"The Problems with White Allies and White Privilege," Tanya Golash-Boza, Al Jazeera, September 20, 2013.
"Migration and Crime: Who are the Criminals?," Tanya Golash-Boza, Rural California Report, September 16, 2013.
"Scientific Racism Rears Its Ugly Head Once Again," Tanya Golash-Boza, Al Jazeera, May 24, 2013.
"Can the United States Solve the Problem of Undocumented Immigration?," Tanya Golash-Boza, Al Jazeera, April 23, 2013.
"No Human Being is Illegal: It's Time to Drop the 'I-Word'," Tanya Golash-Boza, Al Jazeera, April 8, 2013.
"The Key Elements of a Successful Immigration Policy," Tanya Golash-Boza, Al Jazeera, March 25, 2013.
"The Collateral Consequences of Mass Deportation," Tanya Golash-Boza, Al Jazeera, March 22, 2013.
"The U.S. Should Release Thousands, Not Hundreds of Detainees," Tanya Golash-Boza, Al Jazeera, March 1, 2013.
"Obama’s Unprecedented Number of Deportations: The Shift from Border to Interior Enforcement of Immigration Laws," Tanya Golash-Boza, Counterpunch, January 25-27, 2013.
"Crossing the Line," Tanya Golash-Boza, Boston Review, March/April 2013.


"Latino Immigrant Men and the Deportation Crisis: A Gendered Racial Removal Program" (with Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo). Latino Studies 11, no. 3 (2013): 271-292.
Outlines how deportation policies have shifted in recent years from border to interior enforcement and how this shift has targeted Latino men.
"Causes and Consequences of International Migration: Sociological Evidence for the Right to Mobility" (with Cecilia Menjívar). The International Journal of Human Rights 16, no. 8 (2012): 1213-1227.
Argues that the right to move across national borders should be incorporated into human rights doctrine.
"Had They Been Polite and Civilized, None of This Would Have Happened: Discourses of Race and Racism in Multicultural Lima" Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies 5, no. 3 (2010): 317-330.
Explains how Peruvians are aware that racism is a problem, decry racism, yet continue to reproduce racism through practices and beliefs.