Juan Antonio del Monte, Ph.D

juan antonio del monte

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Department of Cultural Studies | El Colegio de la Frontera Norte


Juan Antonio del Monte is professor and researcher in the Department of Cultural Studies at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte in Tijuana, Mexico, where is is also co-coordinator of the Migration Legislation and Policy Observatory. He earned his PhD in Social Sciences with a focus in Sociology from El Colegio de México in 2018, and his MA in Cultural Studies from El Colegio de la Frontera Norte in 2012. He was awarded a research fellowship at the Lateinamerika-Institut at the Freie Universität-Berlin in 2017.

His research interests center on precarity and inequality, visualities and urban identities, mobilities and border cultures. He has published on these themes in academic journals; he is also author of Entre ruedas y asfalto: identidades y movilidades de bikers y lowriders en Tijuana (2014). He has also produced the documentary short "Debajo del cuero" [Underneath the Leather] (2013), and is codirector of the feature documentary Bad Hombres (2019) about the daily life of a group of homeless deported migrants that live about 200 feet from the border wall. He also collaborates on the UC Davis based Humanizing Deportation digital storytelling project. He is currently researching the impacts of pandemics on vulnerable populations at the border, including deported and homeless migrants. He teaches courses on qualitative methodology ad visual analysis at Universidad Iberoamericana and El Colegio de la Frontera Norte.