photo of Jill Anderson

Jill Anderson was born in Utah, raised in Texas, and has lived in Mexico City since 2007. She holds a PhD in English with a specialization in US and Mexican-American literatures from the University of Texas in Austin (2010). In 2012, she began research with returning and deported young adults with the support of a postdoctoral fellowship at the Mexican National University (UNAM). Her collaboration with deported and returning youth has led her to work as a scholar and an activist within the nascent transnational movement for the human rights of (im)migrants in the Americas. Jill is co-author with photographer Nin Solis of the book Los Otros Dreamers (2014), and author of articles published by Latino StudiesNorteamérica, Wilson Center-Mexico Institute, and others. Currently she is the director of the non-profit, Otros Dreams en Acción (ODA), which is dedicated to advocacy, support, and empowerment of deported and returning immigrant youth in Mexico.  

During her time at Duke, she taught teach two courses, Immigrants in Exile (LATAMER 390), and Education and Deportation (LATAMER 590S). See her video on Teaching Immigration at Duke.