Dr. Nielan Barnes
Dr. Nielan Barnes, Associate Professor
Phone: (562) 985–4608
- Principles of Sociology 100
- Sociology of Health and Medicine 462
- Sociology of Sexualities 426
- Ph.D. Sociology, University of California, San Diego, 2005
- M.A. Sociology, University of California, San Diego, 2001
- M.A. Latin American Studies, University of California, San Diego, 1998.
- B.A. Women’s Studies, San Diego State University, 1994
Current Research, Community Affiliations and Activities:
Professor Barnes’ current research investigates the intersectional dimensions of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer; often referred to as ‘sexual minorities) immigration from Mexico to the US and Canada. As part of the research, Prof. Barnes has testified as an expert witness and served as a pro bono consultant in over 50 Immigration Asylum cases involving networks of lawyers and immigration advocates throughout the US. On March 6 2015 the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit heard arguments for three of these transgender asylum cases under appeal; the written decision filed on September, 3 2015 quotes parts of her testimony. This case – known as “Avendano vs. Lynch” – is groundbreaking in that it establishes legal precedence that 1) gender identity is a separate category from sexual identity and 2) country conditions in Mexico for transgender constitute a basis for a positive asylum claim. Here are two links to articles from the San Francisco Bay Area Reporter (and here) in which Dr. Barnes is quoted.
- (2013). “What Does the 2010 Affordable Care Act Mean for Securing Immigrant Health in North America?” In North American Integration: An Institutional Void in Migration, Security and Development, Gaspare M. Genna and David A. Mayer-Foulkes, Eds. Oxford, Routledge Press.
- (2013). “Is health a labour, citizenship or human right? Mexican seasonal agricultural workers in Leamington, Canada,” Global Public Health Jul; 8(6):654-69.
- (2011). “Canada-US-Mexico Integration: Assessing (Im)migrant Health Policy Convergence,” International Journal of Canadian Studies, Issue No 44 November 2011.
- (2011). “North American Integration? Civil Society and Immigrant Health Policy Convergence” Politics and Policy. Vol 39. No. 1: 69-89.
- (2010). “Social Network Analysis in Transnational Settings: The Case of Mexico City’s AIDS CBOs,” Social Medicine, Vol. 5 No.1.
Awards and Grants:
- 2014 Recipient of the Orange County Lavender Bar Association M. Katherine B. Darmer Outstanding Community Service Award
- 2009 CONNECT Fellowship in Canadian Studies
- 2009 Embassy of Canada Faculty Research Grant
- 2007-2008 Fulbright Scholarship: Canada-Mexico Joint Award in North American Studies