Getrich Assumes Role with Center for Global Migration Studies

Dr. Christina Getrich, an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology, has been named as the associate director of UMD's Center for Global Migration Studies

Getrich brings to the Center her expertise in community outreach and scholarship. Her work explores the lived and embodied experiences of immigration policies and enforcement practices in order to determine how Latino immigrants, their children, and advocates maneuver to fight for broader social inclusion. In this new role, Getrich will advise on all strategic planning and will play a particular role in shaping the Center’s community outreach work. 

Getrich’s newest project explores the health and well-being of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients in Maryland. She is leading a team of UMD graduate and undergraduate anthropology students to determine how this population’s access to care, health conditions, and overall well-being have changed as a result of DACA. This project is funded by the BSOS Dean's Research Initiative and by the Graduate School through a Research and Scholarship Award.

In a second current project, Getrich is conducting a longitudinal study that follows the lives of second-generation Mexicans who grew up in mixed-status families living in the San Diego-Tijuana borderlands as they have transitioned from teenagers to young adults. She explores how these individuals have made sense of the immigration policies, border enforcement practices, and racialization processes that circumscribe their lives, as well as how they have successfully developed competencies for brokering inclusion for themselves and their family members. This project was funded through UMD’s Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity’s Qualitative Research Interest Group. 

Established in 2011, the Center for Global Migration Studies is an interdisciplinary home for the study of migration and immigration around the world both today and in the past. The Center provides a distinctive institutional home for interdisciplinary research, for training faculty and students, and for distributing information about the migrant experience to a broad public. 

“I’m thrilled to be named Associate Director of the Center for Global Migration Studies. As one of the cluster faculty, I have been involved in the Center since I arrived on campus three years ago. The Center is a wonderful platform for interdisciplinary research and educational activities centered on the timely topic of global migration,” Getrich said. “I look forward to joining the leadership team of the Center as it grows and continues to push our campus to engage with breaking topics related to migration in this new era.”