The Other Side of Campus

Episode 26: Teaching Research Through Story: Immigration, Deportation, and Migrant Health with Miguel Pinedo

February 7th, 2022

On this episode, Dixie and Stephanie talk with Dr. Miguel Pinedo from the College of Education. He focuses on studying the health implications of immigration policies on migrants residing on both sides of the US-Mexico border. Although a research-trained professor, in the classroom, Dr. Pinedo expounds on how he has developed practices to humanize his research to help students viscerally connect the data and findings to real life experiences. Thanks for joining us on The Other Side of Campus!


Miguel Pinedo is an Assistant Professor in Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at The University of Texas at Austin. He has an invested interest in better understanding the intersection between migration and health. Though migrant health has become an important facet of health research, migration has rarely been examined as a social determinant of health. Pinedo's work addresses this critical area by focusing on how different migration experiences contribute to health disparities, particularly among Latino populations. Specifically, his work investigates how social- and structural-level factors associated with migration to the US; voluntary and forced migration (e.g., deportation); domestic migration within Mexico; and migration to high-risk environments (e.g., settings with increased availability of alcohol and drugs) relate to the epidemiology of substance abuse, HIV risk, and related harms. A large proportion of his work has focused on Mexican migrants residing on both sides of the US-Mexico border, a high-risk region for alcohol and drug abuse and HIV. Overall, his research underscores the importance of migration-related factors in shaping health behaviors, risk practices, and health outcomes. Prior to joining UT, Pinedo received his PhD in Global Health from the UC San Diego and completed his postdoctoral training at UC Berkeley. He also previously earned his Master in Public Health from UC Berkeley.

PRODUCER'S NOTE: This episode was recorded on November 12th, 2021 via Zoom.

Assistant Producers/Hosts: Stephanie Seidel Holmsten, Dixie Stanforth
(Intro theme features the following faculty in order: Jen Moon, Daron Shaw, Rich Reddick, Diane McDaniel Rhodes, Siobhan McCusker, Moriba Jah, and Stephanie Seidel Holmsten)
Theme Music: Charlie Harper (
Additional Background music: Charlie Harper, Michelle Daniel Trio, Eaters, Edoy, Maarten Schelkens, Ketsa
Producer: Michelle S. Daniel
Executive Producer: Mary C. Neuburger

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