• Assistant Professor
Research Areas
  • Cultural Anthropology
Sergio Lemus


Courses Taught:

  • ANTH 201: Introduction to Anthropology
  • ANTH 210: Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 489: The Anthropology of the US-Mexico Border
  • ANTH 489/689: The Anthropology of Contemporary Mexico

Current Graduate Students:

  • Emma Newman (chair)
  • Kevin Johnson (committee member)

Educational Background

  • PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015

Research Interests

  • Specialty:

    • Theories of race
    • Marginality
    • Materiality
    • The body
    • Mexican (high-skilled/general) migration
    • Border Theory
    • Latinx cancer
    • Bio/necro/politics, and class.

    Current Research Projects:

    As of Fall 2021, Lemus is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology. Previously, Lemus was part of the inaugural ACES Fellow cohort class of 2019.  In his research agenda, Lemus documents the centrality of labor processes in driving cultural transformations among Mexican migrants and the politico-historical changed that gives rise to a working-class formation—Los yarderos. This research is slated to be published as a book at the University of Illinois Press under Latinos in Chicago and the Midwest series with the title, “Los Yarderos: Mexican Yard Workers in Neoliberal Chicago.” Lemus’ second research project examines the lives of Mexican, working-class immigrants and their cultural experience living with cancer. This research acutely points to the neoliberal, necropolitical, and cultural forms that give rise to the Latino/a cancer patient as a manageable population in the United States. In general, Lemus’ projects emphasize the study of immigration along three lines of investigation: a) Mexican transborder subjectivity, b) cultural production and reproduction, and c) health and disease as these relate to class, gender, and unstable state regimes.

    Dr. Lemus is currently accepting graduate students with similar research interests.