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Eithne Luibheid Ph.D.

About Eithne Luibheid Ph.D.

Eithne Luibhéid is Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona (UA). She served as the Director of the Institute for LGBT Studies at UA from 2007-2011. She holds a PhD in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and her research focuses on the connections among queer lives, state migration controls, and justice struggles. She has been an invited speaker at universities including Harvard, Oxford, the Open University, the University of Amsterdam, and the National University of Singapore. 

Luibhéid is the author of Pregnant on Arrival: Making the ‘Illegal’ Immigrant (University of Minnesota Press, 2013) and Entry Denied: Controlling Sexuality at the Border (University of Minnesota Press, 2002). She is the editor of “Lives That Resist Telling: Migrant and Refugee Lesbians," a special issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies (2020) and “Queer Migrations,” a special issue of GLQ (2008). She is the co-editor of A Global History of Sexuality (Wiley Blackwell, 2014); Queer Migrations: Sexuality, Citizenship, and Border Crossings (University of Minnesota Press, 2005); and “Representing Migrant Women in Ireland and the E.U.,” a special issue of Women’s Studies International Forum (2004).

Luibhéid’s current book manuscript, 'Why Don’t They Just Get in Line?' Immigration, Deportability, and Queer Intimacies, explores how deportability is being extended and resisted through intimate ties between undocumented migrants and U.S. citizens. Her co-edited collection with Karma Chávez, Queer and Trans Migrations: Dynamics of Illegalization, Detention and Deportation, will be published by the University of Illinois Press in October 2020. Luibhéid participates in a research collaboration, “Managing Citizenship, Security, and Rights,” organized by Dr. Anne Marie D’Aoust at the Université de Québec in Montreal, Canada. 



Selected Publications


·     Pregnant on Arrival: Making the ‘Illegal’ Immigrant. Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press, 2013.

Nominated for the John Hope Franklin Prize


  • Entry Denied: Controlling Sexuality at the Border. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2002.


Edited Collections and Special Issues


·     A Global History of Sexuality. Co-edited with Robert Buffington and Donna Guy. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 2014.

·     “Queer/Migration,” a special double issue of GLQ, Vol. 14, Nos. 2-3 (April 2008).

Nominated for a Committee of Editors of Learned Journals Award 2008

·     Queer Migrations: Sexuality, U.S. Citizenship, and Border Crossings. Co-edited with Lionel Cantú. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2005.

Nominated for the Ruth Benedict Prize of the American Anthropological Association 2006

  • “Representing Migrant Women in Ireland and the E.U.,” a special issue of Women’s Studies International Forum.Co-edited with Ronit Lentin. Vol. 27, No. 4 (October-November 2004).  


Sole Authored Monographs in Progress

·     ‘Why Don’t They Just Get in Line?’ Immigration, Deportability, and Queer Intimacies.

Edited Collections and Special Issues in Progress

·      Queer and Trans Migrations: Illegalization, Detention, Deportation. Co-edited with Karma R. Chávez. Champaign: University of Illinois Press. Final manuscript submitted, publication expected 2020.

·      “Lives that Resist Telling: Migrant and Refugee Lesbians,” an edited special issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies(expected publication in 2020).

Published Refereed Articles, Essays, and Chapters

·       “Migrant and Refugee Lesbians: Lives that Resist the Telling,” introduction to an edited special issue of Journal of Lesbian Studies(2019) online at https://doi.org/10.1080/10894160.2019.1622935

·      “Heteronormativity: A Bridge Between Queer Migration and Critical Trafficking Studies,” Women’s Studies in Communication41 no.4 (2018), pp.305-309.

·      “Same-Sex Marriage and the Pinkwashing of State Migration Controls,” in International Feminist Journal of PoliticsVolume 20 No. 3 (2018), pp.405-424.

·     “Intimate Attachments and Migrant Deportability: Lessons from Undocumented Mothers Seeking Benefits for Citizen Children” (with Rosi Andrade and Sally Stevens), Ethnic and Racial Studies(special issue on “Migrant Mothers’ Creative Interventions into Racialized Citizenship,” edited by Umut Erel and Tracey Reynolds). Invited. Volume 41 No.1 (2018), pp.17-35.

·     “Afterward: Troubling Identities and Identifications,” in Sexualities(special issue on “Queer Migration, Asylum and Displacement”), Vol. 17 No.8 (December 2014), pp.1035-1040. Invited.

·     “Sexualities and Migration,” in Robert Buffington, Eithne Luibhéid and Donna J. Guy, eds., A Global History of Sexuality. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 2014, pp.119-150.

·     “Immigration,” in Bruce Burgett and Glenn Hendler, eds. Keywords for American Cultural Studies,2nded., New York: New York University Press, 2014, pp.125-129. Revised version of my entry that was published in the book’s first edition in 2007.

·     “Irish Migration and Irish Sexuality Scholarship: Queering the Connections,” in Noreen Giffney and Margrit Shildrick, eds., Theory on the Edge: Irish Studies and the Politics of Sexual Difference.Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, pp.61-71.

  • Eithne Luibheid and Robert Buffington, “Gender, Sexuality and Mexican Migration,” in Mark Overmyer-Valesquez, ed., Beyond La Frontera: The History of Mexican-U.S. Migration.New York: Oxford University Press, 2011, pp.204-226.

A Spanish language edition of the volume will be published as Construyendo el Gran México: La Emigración a Estado Unidos. Mexico City: Editorial Fondo de Cultura Económica & Colegio de la Frontera Norte.

  • Nationalist Heterosexuality, Migrant (Il)legality and Irish Citizenship Law: Queering the Connections,” South Atlantic Quarterly(special issue on “Theory Now”) Vol. 110, No.1 (Winter 2011), pp.179-204. Invited.


  • “Queer/Migration: An Unruly Body of Scholarship,” GLQ(special issue on “Queer/Migration”) Vol. 14, Nos. 2-3 (April 2008), pp.169-190.


  • “Sexuality, Migration, and the Shifting Line Between Legal and Illegal Status,” GLQspecial issue on “Queer/Migration,” Vol. 14, Nos. 2-3 (April 2008), 289-316.


  • “Sexual Regimes and Migration Controls: Reproducing the Irish Nation-State in Transnational Contexts,” Feminist Review(special issue on “Sexual Moralities”) No. 83 (Summer 2006), pp.60-78.


·     “Introduction,” in Luibheid and Cantú, Jr., eds.,Queer Migrations: Sexuality, U.S. Citizenship, and Border Crossings. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2005, pp.ix-xvi. 


  • “Well-Founded Fear: Political Asylum and the Boundaries of Sexual Identity in the U.S./ Mexican Borderlands,” co-written with Lionel Cantú, Jr. and Alexandra Minna Stern, in Luibheid and Cantú, Jr., eds., Queer Migrations: Sexuality, U.S. Citizenship, and Border Crossings. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2005, pp.61-74. 


  • “Heteronormativity, Neo-liberal Governance and U.S. Immigration Control,” in Bradley Epps, Keja Valens, and Bill Johnson Gonzalez, eds., Passing Lines: Immigration and Sexuality.Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2005, pp.69-101. Invited.


  • “Childbearing against the State? Asylum Seeker Women in the Irish Republic,” Women’s Studies International Forum(special issue on “Representing Migrant Women in Ireland and the E.U.”) Vol. 27, No. 4 (October-November 2004), pp.335-350.


  • Eithne Luibheid and Sasha Khokha, “Linking the Struggles of Queer and Immigrants’ Rights Movements,” in Jill Bystydzienski and Steve Schacht,eds., Forging Radical Alliances Across Difference: Coalition Politics for the New Millennium. Rowman and Littlefield, 2001, pp.77-90.


  • “The Pink Tide: Narrating Ireland’s Lesbian and Gay Migrations.” Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies(special issue on “Ireland as Postcolonial”) Vol. 7, No. 1 (Spring 2000), pp.149-168.


  • “Looking Like a Lesbian: The Organization of Sexual Monitoring at the U.S.-Mexico Border,” Journal of the History of SexualityVol. 8, No. 3 (Spring 1998), pp.477-506.


  • “The 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act: An End to Exclusion?” positions: east asia cultures critiqueVol. 5, No. 2 (Fall 1997), pp.501-522. 


  • “Irish Immigrants in the United States Racial System,” in Jim MacLaughlin, ed., Location and Dislocation in Irish Society: Multidisciplinary Essays on Emigration and Irish Identities.  Cork, Ireland: University College Cork Press, 1997, pp.253-273.


  • “The Nod and The Wink: White Solidarity Within Irish Immigrants in the USA,” in Ethel Crowley and Jim MacLaughlin, eds., Under The Belly of The Tiger: Class, Race, Identity and Culture in Global Ireland.  Dublin, Ireland: Irish Reporter Publications, 1997, pp.79-88.


Published Non-Refereed Articles, Essays and Chapters

·     With Adela Licona, “The Regime of Destruction: Separating Families and Caging Children,” Feminist Formations33 no.3 (2018), pp.45-62.

·     “Queer and Nation,” in Don Romesburg, ed. TheRoutledge History of Queer America. New York: Routledge, 2018, pp.187-199.

·     “Sexualities, Intimacies, and the Citizen/Migrant Distinction,” in Bridget Anderson and Vanessa Hughes, eds., Citizenship and Its Others.London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, pp.126-144. Invited.

·     “Sexuality and Migration,” in Bridget Anderson and Michael Keith, eds., Migration: A COMPAS Anthology. Oxford: COMPASS, 2014, pp.138-140. Invited.

·     “Sexualities and Migration,” in Steven Gold and Stephanie Nawyn, eds., The RoutledgeInternational Handbook of Migration Studies. New York: Routledge, 2013, pp.215-224; 2ndedition 2019, pp.235-245. Invited.

  • "On Borders and Biopolitics: An Interview with Eithne Luibhéid," disClosure: A Journal of Social TheoryNo. 20 (2011), pp.151-159. Invited.


  • Eithne Luibheid and Ronit Lentin, “Introduction,” Women’s Studies International Forum(special issue on “Representing Migrant Women in Ireland and the E.U.”) Vol. 27, No. 4 (October-November 2004), pp.293-300.


  • “Heteronormativity in Immigration Scholarship: A Call for Change,” GLQVol. 10, No. 2 (March 2004), pp.227-235. Invited.


  • “‘Obvious Homosexuals and Homosexuals Who Cover Up’: The Organization of Lesbian and Gay Exclusion in U.S. Immigration.” Radical AmericaVol. 26, No. 2 (October 1996), pp.33-40. Invited.


Other Publications in Progress

·      Karma Chávez and Eithne Luibhéid, “Introduction,” in Eithne Luibhéid and Karma Chávez, eds., Queer and Trans Migrations: Illegalization, Detention, Deportation(University of Illinois Press, forthcoming 2020).

·      “Treated Neither with Respect nor with Dignity”: Contextualizing Queer and Trans Migrant ‘Illegalization,’ Detention and Deportation,” in Eithne Luibhéid and Karma Chávez, eds., Queer and Trans Migrations: Illegalization, Detention, Deportation(University of Illinois Press, forthcoming 2020).

·      “Same-Sex Marriage Against the Deportation State,” to be included in The Politics of Marriage and Gender: Global Issues in Local Contexts (under contract with Rutgers University Press)

Reprinted Articles and Book Chapters

·     “Rape, Asylum and the US Border Patrol,” from Entry Denied

Included on the publicly available Rape Culture Syllabus http://www.publicbooks.org/rape-culture-syllabus/ by Laura Ciolkowski, October 15, 201

·     “Looking Like a Lesbian: The Organization of Sexual Monitoring at the United States-Mexico Border,” from Entry Denied

Reprinted in Paul Spickard, ed., Race and Immigration in the United States. New Histories. New York: Routledge, 2012, pp.230-257.

Reprinted in Denise Segura and Patricia Zavella, eds., Women in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands. Durham: Duke University Press, 2007, pp.106-133.

·     Lionel Cantú with Eithne Luibheid and Alexandra Minna Stern, “Well Founded Fear: Political Asylum and the Boundaries of Sexual Identity in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands,” from Queer Migrations

Reprinted in Carole McCann and Seung-Kyung Kim, eds., Feminist Theory Reader: Local and Global Perspectives, 2ndedition. New York: Routledge, 2009, pp.281-289.

·     “A Blueprint for Exclusion: The Page Law, Prostitution, and Discrimination Against Chinese Women,” from Entry Denied

Reprinted in Abby L. Ferber, Kimberly Holcomb and Tre Wentling, eds., Sex, Gender and Sexuality: The New Basics, 2ndedition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012, pp.276-291.

Publications in Conference Proceedings

  • “Queer Circuits: The Construction of Lesbian and Gay Identities Through Emigration.” In Ronit Lentin, ed., Emerging Irish Identities.Dublin: Trinity College, 1999, pp.54-65.


Online Publications

  • “Eithne Luibheid and Bridget Anderson: Gendering Borders--An Exchange” in a special 2008 issue of Re-public(a bilingual Greek journal) on gendering border crossing, at www.republic.gr/en/?p=471


  • “Globalization and Sexuality: Redrawing racial and national boundaries through discourses of childbearing,” online at http://www2.tcd.ie/Sociology/mphil/mphil.htm(click on Women’s Movement: Migrant Women Transforming Ireland)


Blog Entries and Public Scholarship

·      Contribute monthly updates, readings, and resources to the Tender R/Age::Tabia Tierna website, which addresses forced separation of children from their migrant parents at the U.S./Mexico border, at https://adelaclicona.com/tender-r-age-rabia-tierna-an-outcry-of-collective-outrage/


·      Contribution to online roundtable marking the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Boutilier(that affirmed the deportation of a migrant man for having sex with other men) for OutHistory, May 2017, at http://notchesblog.com/2017/05/22/queering-immigration-in-the-age-of-trump-a-roundtable-on-boutilier-v-ins/


·     “Queer Migration: A Dialogue about Works in Progress” (with Karma R. Chávez and Anne-Marie Fortier), March 2012, Queer Migration Research Network, at http://queermigration.com/2012/03/

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Eithne Luibheid Ph.D.
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Telephone: 520-626-2746
Office: Tyndall 109