Ana Villarreal

Dr. Ana Villarreal

Dr. Ana Villarreal

Assistant Professor

PhD, University of California, Berkeley (2016)

Curriculum Vitae

Bio and Research

Ana Villarreal’s academic interests include criminal violence and emotion, urban inequality, illicit markets and local governance. She teaches courses on social theory and social problems with an emphasis on drugs at Boston University.

Her current book project draws on long-term ethnographic observations, in-depth interviews and historical analysis to investigate the impact of sudden shifts in violence trends and fear on urban segregation and seclusion. Her work has been funded by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the American Association of University Women, the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States, and the Mexican National Council for Science and Technology.


Villarreal, Ana. (in press). “La transparencia de la víspera: participación social frente a la violencia en Monterrey” in Seguridad Pública y los límites y alcances de la participación social en la Frontera Norte, edited by Socorro Arzaluz and Arturo Zárate. México: Colegio de la Frontera Norte.

Villarreal, Ana. 2015. “Fear and Spectacular Drug Violence in Monterrey” in Violence at the Urban Margins, edited by Javier Auyero, Phillipe Bourgois, and Nancy Scheper-Hughes. Oxford University Press.

Villarreal, Ana. 2010. “The Bus Owner, The Bus Driver and His Lover: Gendered Class Struggle in The Service Work Triangle.” Work and Occupations 37.3: 272-294.

Villarreal, Ana and Delphine Mercier. 2010. “¿Hacia un sistema integrado de transporte urbano en el Área Metropolitana de Monterrey?” In Cuando México Enfrenta la Globalización. Permanencias y cambios en el Area Metropolitana de Monterrey, edited by Lilia Palacios et al. Monterrey: UANL, Colef, ITESM, UDEM, CEMCA.

Book Reviews and Essays

Villarreal, Ana. 2016. “Hacerle frente a la violencia” In La presencia de la ausencia:historias de personas desaparecidas y reflexiones en torno a la desaparición en México. Edited by Fuerzas Unidas por Nuestros Desaparecidos en Nuevo León. Monterrey: Cerro de la Silla Editores.

Villarreal, Ana. 2013. “Kidnappable: On the Normalization of Violence in Urban Mexico.” Global Dialogue 3.3.

Villarreal, Ana. 2013. Review of Nancy Plankey-Videla, We Are In This Dance Together: Gender, Power and Globalization at a Mexican Garment Firm. New Jersey: Rutgers University Press. Work and Occupations 40.1: 65-67.