Perla M. Guerrero is associate professor of American studies and US Latina/o studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research and teaching interests include relational race and ethnicity with a focus on Latinxs and Asian Americans, space and place, immigration and legality, labor, and US and Mexican history. She has received multiple awards, including a Ford postdoctoral fellowship and two Smithsonian Institution postdoctoral fellowships at the National Museum of American History (NMAH). She is the author of Nuevo South: Latina/os, Asians, and the Remaking of Place and is working on a manuscript titled “Deportation’s Aftermath and Making a Life in Exile.”
Maggie Loredo was born in San Luis Potosí, México, and migrated undocumented to the United States as an infant with her family. In 2008, she was forced to “voluntarily” return to Mexico. She has been active in the deportee and returnee community since 2013, serving as a spokesperson, participating in numerous translocal academic spaces and international media, and contributing in 2014 to Los Otros Dreamers, coauthored by Jill Anderson and Nin Solis. In 2015, she cofounded the Mexican nonprofit ODA Otros Dreams en Acción, where she serves as codirector. Maggie continues her activism as part of a growing exile community that continues to live away from their families and homes.
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