Dr. Ana Gutierrez has a background in Art History, History and Anthropology. She received her PhD in Anthropology from the London School of Economics in 2014. She specialises in migration, labour, gender, morality and personhood. Her PhD was an ethnographic study of Latin American women migrants in London who work in the domestic and sex work industries. Her work looks at the ways in which women migrants experience a variety of personal dislocations when working in the care work economy in London. These temporal and personal estrangements derive from the everyday challenges they face as illegal migrants and intimate labourers, their downward status mobility and the uncertainties they feel towards the future. Her thesis focuses on the everyday experiences and moral problems that these intimate forms of labour produce at a personal, social and economic level.
After graduating, she participated on short-term research for a project on cooperation and inequality at the Anthropology Department of the LSE. This involved fieldwork in Tulsa, Oklahoma with Hispanic migrant families. She conducted long semi-structured interviews with families on issues around life stories, networks of care and cooperation within families.
Ana has taught a number of courses on art history, anthropological theory, gender theory, material culture, economic anthropology and anthropology of the person. She received the departmental teaching award for her work in the classroom while teaching at the LSE in 2014.