Denise Geraci received her PhD in anthropology from the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center, and spent over ten years conducting research, working and studying in Mexico, Bolivia and Guatemala. Her research interests include migration, childhood and inequality, reproduction, health, gender and family in the global economy. Her doctoral research focused on children who remain in Puebla, Mexico with other family members when their mothers leave to work in the US. This project analyzed how children's circumstances change when mothers migrate, and how family, community, social service workers and local politicians understand and deal with these changes. For her MA in anthropology from CUNY Hunter College, her thesis dealt with labor migration of Peruvian women in New York City.
Denise is originally from New York City, and has worked in a variety of roles in public education systems. She was a writing fellow at the CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College, and taught women’s studies at the CUNY College of Staten Island. She also worked as a translator/interpreter for the New York City Board of Education, and taught ESL to Mexican and Guatemalan seasonal agricultural workers in “migrant camps” in rural New York.
Denise has long been interested in community-university partnerships and public engagement. Prior to joining SGS, she worked on developing the “History of the Americas: Mexican Revolution and Nation-Building” course for history-social science teachers with the Stanford Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS). She also served as CLAS interim public engagement coordinator, and acting business administrator. Denise is excited to be engaged in work that promotes area and language studies, and bridges the university with K-12 schools and community colleges.