Cultural Faculty

Office: McCarthy Hall 426K

Phone: 657-278-4216



Manuel (Manny) Galaviz-Ceballos is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at CSU, Fullerton. His research is broadly inspired by his training in urban and borderlands anthropology. More specifically, his experience as a construction worker and his undocumented youth in Southern California motivate his ethnographic inquiries. Manny is currently writing a monograph titled, Entanglements of Mobility and Militarized Ecologies, which puts life histories of Mexican-U.S. migrations between the 1980s and 2000s in conversation with the U.S. expansion and production of militarized border landscapes across the California-Mexican borderlands. He is also developing an ethnographic research project that examines gentrification, displacement, and alienation through the lens of undocumented construction labor. He currently volunteers with #LibroMobile Arts Cooperative in Santa Ana, California. Manny is also the host and editor of the LM Voices Scholar Holler Podcast, a series focused on first-generation graduate student and faculty experiences. 


Ph.D., Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin, December 2020

Dissertation: Border Security Infrastructure Projects: Space, Access, and Mobility in the San Diego-Tijuana Transborder Region

M.A., Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin, May 2015

Thesis: Expressions of Membership and Belonging: Chicana/o Cultural Politics in Barrio Logan

B.A., Anthropology with Departmental Honors, California State University, San Bernardino, June 2012

A.A., Archaeology, Palomar College, May 2010

Research Areas

Specialization: Immigration; Undocumented Populations; Borderlands; (Dis)Placements; Racialization

Geographic Areas: United States & Mexico; California; The San Diego-Tijuana Transborder Region

Selected Publications 

Galaviz, Manuel.     “Envisioning a Different Park: Border Walls, Transborder Ties, and Militarized Ecologies.” Platypus: the CASTAC Blog. February 11, 2021.

Galaviz, M., Hartell, N., Perez-Rivera, A.     “Place, Story & Culture: A Top Ten List of Places Important to the Latino Community and in Need of Preservation.” Hispanic Access Foundation, White Paper Series. 2018

Talamantez, Josephine and Galaviz, Manuel.     “Chicano Park: National Historic Landmark Nomination.” United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service. 2015