Dr. Patricia Foxen is the Deputy Director of Research at the National Council of La Raza, and is currently a Research Fellow at American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS). She is a cultural and medical anthropologist who has worked extensively in Latin America and with Latino communities in the U.S. and Canada. Dr. Foxen’s areas of expertise include the migration and incorporation of immigrants and refugees, the psychosocial health of immigrant children and families, and indigenous communities in Central America.
At NCLR Patricia oversees policy-oriented research across issue areas and focuses on developing new research on Latino children and youth, race/ethnicity, and discrimination. She has published several reports including Speaking Out: Latino Youth on Discrimination in the United States (2010) and America’s Future: Latino Child Well-Being in Numbers and Trends (2010, with Mark Mather). Her work has been cited by Spanish and English media such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, CNN Español, Fox News, Univision, and Telemundo. She is the author of the book In Search of Providence: Transnational Mayan Identities (Vanderbilt University Press, 2007), and has published articles in journals such as the Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, the Journal of Refugee Studies, and Anthropology and Medicine, among others. Dr. Foxen holds a doctoral degree in anthropology and a master’s degree in medical anthropology from McGill University in Montreal, a master of public health degree from Colombia University, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Bryn Mawr College.