Yuridia Ramirez

Contact Information

photo of Yuridia Ramirez118 MacMillan Hall
Oxford, OH 45056
(513) 529-9305


Assistant Professor
Global and Intercultural Studies (Latin American, Latino/a, and Caribbean Studies)


PhD, Duke University
MA, Duke University
BA, University of Minnesota


Dr. Ramírez teaches courses in Latina/o Studies and Global and Intercultural Studies, focusing on questions of migration, race, place, power, and gender and sexuality. In fall 2019, she will be teaching Introduction to Global and Intercultural Studies and Latin America in the US.

In each of the classes Dr. Ramírez's teaches, she emphasizes the need to consider the production of knowledge and its accessibility to broader publics. Scholars must engage digital methods and mediums in our increasingly digital and mobile world that are responsive both to the movement of peoples and the equitable production and dissemination of knowledge.


Dr. Ramírez's interests in migration, race, and Critical Ethnic Studies are informed by her own experience as the daughter of Mexican immigrants. As such, she has personal experience with and an intellectual commitment to migrants and their families. She is currently at work on her book, tentatively titled Indigeneity on the Move: Transborder Politics from Michoacán to North Carolina, which traces the movement of indigenous P’urhépecha migrants from Cherán, Michoacán, México, to and from North Carolina, during the late 20th century. 

Dr. Ramírez's research interests also include Critical Latinx Indigeneities, oral history, environmental history, social movements, communal organizing, black and brown coalitions, diaspora, and migration studies.


Dr. Ramírez is invested in creating generative collaborations with scholars both nationally and internationally, as well as pursuing scholarship that is accessible to broader publics and that contextualizes our contemporary debates surrounding migration and Latinx migrant communities.

She is currently developing "Más Que Papeles: Immigrant Activisms in North Carolina," a collaborative research project in the form of a documentary podcast and co-authored book by herself, Sarah McNamara (Texas A&M), Perla Guerrero (University of Maryland), and Cecilia Márquez (Duke University), that examines immigrant activism and organizing in the state. The project is currently funded by Texas A&M's Carlos H. Cantu Hispanic Education and Opportunity Endowment Grant. The collaborators also will apply for a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support its future.

Dr. Ramírez and Dr. China Medel (University of North Carolina) have a forthcoming chapter in Borders and Migration (forthcoming by Routledge), titled "'When is a Migrant a Refugee?'Hierarchizing Migrant Life." She also has a chapter that offers personal anecdotes and advice for young and early-career scholars titled "Developing an Academic Identity: Lead with 'You'," which will be in The Academics' Handbook (forthcoming by Duke University Press).

Links to digital publications like the "#Microsyllabus on Latinxs in the South" and "P'urhépecha Migrants in North Carolina: A Saint Day Festival," can be found on her website.

Other Activities

Dr. Ramírez's scholarly work and personal life are rooted in community. Her research on racial and indigenous histories, as well as in diasporic communities and social movements, have informed her organizing efforts. Most recently, she worked as the North Carolina organizer for United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led network in the country. Since 2007, Yuri also has organized in black, refugee, and immigrant communities in Minnesota and North Carolina, and has worked with students, young adults, and families to think critically about racism, violence, and injustice, while developing a vision for a collective community.

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