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Paula Michelle Ochoa Treviño

Paula Michelle Ochoa
Graduate Student
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Research Interests

  • Transborder/Transfronterize Students
  • U.S.-Mexico Borderlands
  • Mexican, Mexican American, Chicano, and Latinx Studies
  • Racial and Ethnic Identities
  • Fieldwork and Qualitative Research Methods/Ethnography


Paula Michelle Ochoa is a Ph.D. student who studies the identity development of border commuters of the Matamoros, Tamps., Mexico/Brownsville, Texas borderlands. Michelle is interested in researching the influence of race, class, gender, culture, language, citizenship, and borderland location on transborder/transfronterize student’s academic success. They are also interested in working with mentorship and leadership programs designed to support underrepresented students, as well as help create inclusive spaces for transborder/transfronterize student commuters. She is currently working on their thesis “Border Commuting Student Experiences: Developing Transborder/Transfronterize Identities,” and as a Teacher Graduate Assistant with the Department of Sociology; as well as with the Department of History as a Research Assistant. Michelle holds a B.A. in Mexican American and Latinx Studies, and Government from The University of Texas at Austin.