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Sergio Lemus

ACES Diversity Fellow & Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology
  • Anthropology 226
PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015
Cultural Anthropology


Sergio Lemus is a cultural anthropologist whose research interests include theories of race, materiality, the body, Mexican (high-skilled/general) migration, Border Theory, Latinx cancer, bio/necro/politics, and class relations.

Current Research Projects:

As of Fall 2019, Lemus is an ACES Diversity Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Texas A&M University. Previously, Lemus was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Latino Studies Program at Indiana University at Bloomington. In his research agenda, Lemus documents the centrality of labor processes in driving cultural transformations among Mexican migrants as well as the politico-historical transformation that give rise to a new working-class formation—los yarderos. This research is slated to be published as a book at the University of Illinois Press under the series Latinos in Chicago and the Midwest under the title, “Los Yarderos: Mexican Yard Workers in Neoliberal Chicago.” Lemus second research project examines the lives of Mexican, working class immigrants and their cultural experience living with cancer. This research acutely points to the neoliberal, necropolitical, and cultural forms that give rise to the Latino/a cancer patient as a manageable population in the United States. In general, Lemus’ projects emphasize the study of immigration along three lines of investigation: a) Mexican transborder subjectivity, b) high-skilled Mexican migration to the United States, and c) health and disease as consequences of class and state formation processes.


Professor Lemus is currently accepting graduate students with similar research interests.

Courses Taught:

Courses Taught:

ANTH 489 – The Anthropology of the US-Mexico Borderlands