Eithne P Luibheid

About Eithne P Luibheid

Eithne Luibhéid, Ph.D. (Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley) is a Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at UA. Her specializations included: undocumented immigration, queer migrations, marriage and migration, citizenship, and queer theory.

She is currently working on a project about immigrant mothers with citizen children which rethinks family welfare policies in the transnational era (with Sally Stevens, Rosi Andrade and Spike Peterson). Her current book project, Queering Regularization, challenges the framing of undocumented migrants as problem subjects and instead, critically examines what it would take to encourage wide scale divestment from the unearned privileges associated with national citizenship status.  

Selected Publications


Pregnant on Arrival: Making the Illegal Immigrant. University of Minnesota Press (2013)

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


Luibheid, E. P. (2015). Gender, Sexuality, and the Citizen/Migrant Distinction. In Citizenship and Its Others (pp 126-144). Palgrave.

Luibheid, E. P. (2014). Immigration. In Keywords for American Cultural Studies, 2nd edition.

Luibheid, E. P. (2014). Sexualities and Migration. In A Global History of Sexuality (pp 119-150). Blackwell.

Luibheid, E. P. (2014). Sexuality and Migration. In Migration: A COMPAS Anthology (pp 138-140). Oxford University Press.

Luibheid, E. P. (2013). Irish Migration and Irish Sexuality Scholarship: Queering the Connections. In Theory on the Edge: Irish Studies and the Politics of Sexual Difference (pp 61-71). Palgrave Macmillan.

Luibheid, E. P. (2012). Chinese Exclusion: A Blueprint for Exclusion. In Reprinted in Sex, Gender, and Sexuality: The New Basics, 2nd ed.(pp 276-291).

Luibheid, E. P. (2013). Sexualities and International Migration. In The Routledge International Handbook of Migration Studies.

Luibheid, E. P. (2012). Looking Like a Lesbian: The Organization of Sexual Monitoring at the United States-Mexico Border. In Reprinted in Race and Immigration in the United States. New Histories (pp 230-257).

Luibheid, E. P., & Buffington, R. (2011). Gender, Sexuality and Mexican Migration. In Beyond La Frontera: The History of Mexican-U.S. Migration (pp 204-225). Oxford UP.

Luibheid, E. P., Cantu, L., & Stern, A. M. (2009). Well Founded Fear: Political Asylum and the Boundaries of Sexual Identity in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands. In Reprinted in Feminist Theory Reader: Local and Global Perspectives, 2nd edition (pp 281-289). Routledge.

Luibheid, E. (2007). Immigration. In Keywords for American Cultural Studies (pp 127-131). New York: New York University Press.

Luibheid, E. P. (2007). Looking Like a Lesbian: The Organization of Sexual Monitoring at the U.S.-Mexico Border. In Women in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands.


Luibheid, E. P. (2014). Afterward: Troubling Identities and Identifications. Sexualities, 1035-1040.

Luibheid, E. P. (2011). Nationalist Heterosexuality, Migrant (Il)legality, and Irish Citizenship Law: Queering the Connections. South Atlantic Quarterly, 179-204.

Luibheid, E. P. (2008). Queer/Migration,. GLQ.

Luibheid, E. P. (2008). Queer/Migration: An Unruly Body of Scholarship. GLQ, 169-190.

Luibheid, E. P. (2008). Sexuality, Migration, and the Shifting Line Between Legal and Illegal Status,. GLQ, 289-316.

Luibheid, E. P. (2006). Sexual Regimes and Migration Controls: Reproducing the Irish Nation-State in Transnational Contexts,. Feminist Review

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Eithne P Luibheid
Professor, Gender and Women's Studies
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences