Michaela Walsh

Assistant Professor
Department of Ethnic Studies
235 Shatzel | 419-372-7118 | walshmd@bgsu.edu

  • U.S.-Mexico border
  • Transnational productions of belonging
  • Biopolitics
  • Cultural forms of resistance
  • PhD Communication, University of California, San Diego
  • MFA Creative Nonfiction, University of Iowa
  • MA Religious Studies, University of Iowa


  • 3030 Race, Representation and Culture
  • 3710 Gender, Race, and Culture in Community-Based Practice
  • 4550 Latino Gender and Sexuality


  • 6730 U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

In Mexico and in the US subaltern voices and experiences of Indigenous peoples have, for centuries, been muted from an inter/national narrative. While much has been written about the social and economic effects of the pandemic in Latin America and in the US, little has been written about its impact on indigenous communities, particularly transnational ones. My current project contributes to explores the effects of covid on one indigenous community split between the US and Mexico by foregrounding Hnahnu experiences navigating and “sobreviviendo” (overcoming) a global pandemic. This article also challenges systemic failures that have produced the invisibility of communities like the Hnahnu, whose lives neither register as capable of celebrating nor grieving within an in/ternational imaginary.

  • Diablas Por siempre, “The Iowa Review (Forthcoming, 2022)
  • Between Skin and Stone: A Letter to my Son,” Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism, (Forthcoming 2022).
  • “Paso Libre,” New Letters: A Magazine of Writing and Art, Vol. 87, Nos 1 & 2 (Spring 2021), pp. 130-139.
  • "Partiendo la madre: Borders, Thresholds, and Transnational Sites of Belonging," Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures, Vol. 3, No. 2, “Intersecting Latinx Lives: The Politics of Race” (Spring 2019), pp. 41-58.
  • “Burlando la migra: Shifting Conections of the U.S.-Mexico Border,” Critical Ethnic Studies, Vol. 4, No. 2 (Fall 2018), pp. 15-38. (Lead article)
  • “Phantom Homes.” Anthropology and Humanisms, Vol. 42, Issue 2, December 2017, pp. 194-196.
  • “Paulo and the Birds: Towards a Magical Realist Approach to Ethnography.” Communication Review, Vol. 11, No. 4, (2009), pp. 346-369.
  • “Rupturing Silence, Rupturing Foreclosure,” El Mundo Zurdo: An International Conference on the Life and Work of Gloria E. Anzaldua, Vol. II, 2009, Aunt Lute Books, San Francisco, CA, pp. 309-323.
  • 2022 ICS Fellowship Recipient

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