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. She 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 has long been interested in community-university partnerships and public anthropology, and is passionate about engaging in work that promotes area and language studies, and bridges the university with K-12 schools and community colleges. Originally from New York City, she has worked in a range of roles in public education settings. At the City University of New York, she was a writing fellow at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, and taught women’s studies at the 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.