Dr Ana Gutierrez Garza

ana gutierrez garza

Departmental Lecturer in Social Anthropology

Ana Gutierrez specialises in migration, labour, gender, morality and personhood. She received her PhD in Anthropology from the London School of Economics in 2014. Her doctoral research was an in-depth ethnography of a group of middle-class women from Latin America who exchange care and intimacy for money while working as domestic and sex workers in London. Illuminating the complexities of care work, her research offers a detailed study of women’s lives and working conditions. It considers how their experience of migration and intimate labour is one of rupture that both enables and forces them to gradually reconstitute themselves, in their host cities, as people quite distinct from their “normal” selves back home. 

In 2014 and 2015 she conducted short term research on cooperation, networks of care and inequality in Oklahoma with Hispanic migrant families. From 2015 to 2018 she worked as part of the ESRC-funded project  ‘An Ethnography of Advice: Between Market, Society and the Declining Welfare State’.  She analysed the role of advice as a form of struggle in the rapid dismantling of the Spanish welfare state, exploring the networks and practices of counsel offered by different non-profit organisations that have emerged from the need to counteract the lack of empathy and welfare cuts implemented by the Spanish state.


Email: ana.gutierrezgarza@anthro.ox.ac.uk
Telephone: 01865 612364


2018. Care for Sale. An Ethnography of Latin American Domestic and Sex Workers in London. New York: Oxford University Press.
2018. “The temporality of “illegality: experiences of undocumented Latin American migrants in London”, Focaal. Issue 81.
2018. “Remembering and imagining a normal home”. Anthropology of this century. October. Issue 23.
2016. “The third world has come home” in Martinez Francisco (ed) “Rethinking Euroanthropology: part three. Early career scholars forum” Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale 24, 3 353–379.


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