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Mary E. OdemAssociate Professor Emerita

Mary E. Odem, Associate Professor Emerita of History, (B.A., Washington University, 1980; M.A. & Ph.D, University of California Berkeley, 1984, 1989). U.S. History with a focus onWomen, Gender & Sexuality; Latin American-US immigration; Race & Ethnicity.  Author of Delinquent Daughters: Protecting and Policing Adolescent Female Sexuality in the United States (1995), which was awarded the President's Book Award from the Social Science History Association. 

Co-editor & author in Confronting Rape and Sexual Assault (1998), which brings together leading scholarship in the social sciences on the subject of sexual violence. 

Co-editor & author in Latino Immigration and the Transformation of the U.S. South (2009).

My areas of teaching and research include women, gender, and sexuality, and immigration and ethnicity in the modern U.S. My current research examines Mexican and Central American immigration to the U.S. South since 1980, with a focus on immigrant incorporation, transnationalism, religion, and changing race and class dynamics.  Publications on this topic include:

 “Living Across Borders: Guatemala Maya Immigrants in the U.S. South,” Southern Spaces: an Interdisciplinary Journal about Regions and Cultures of the American South (Feb. 2011)

“Subaltern Immigrants: Undocumented Workers and National Belonging in the U.S.” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 10(3) (2008)

 “Unsettled in the Suburbs: Latino Immigration and Ethnic Diversity in Metro Atlanta,” in Twenty-First Century Gateways, eds. Audrey Singer et al (Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2008).

“Our Lady of Guadalupe in the New South: Latin American Immigrants and the Politics of Integration in the Catholic Church” Journal of American Ethnic History, 23(Fall 2004) 


  • BA, Washington University, 1980.
  • MA, University of California, Berkeley, 1984.
  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1989.


  • History of women, gender, and family in the United States
  • History of immigration and ethnicity
  • Mexican and Latin American Immigration to the U.S.

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