Immigrant Childhoods

This page provides links to my more general research on immigrant youth and families – the larger umbrella of the work reported on other pages. Most of this research has been ethnographic in nature, aimed at understanding how the perspectives and experiences of the children of immigrants in the contemporary world.

Podcasts from the spring talks are available here:


Marjorie Faulstich Orellana (2015). Immigrant Youth in Transcultural Spaces: Language, Literacy and Love. New York: Routledge.

Marjorie Faulstich Orellana. (2009). Translating Childhoods: Immigrant Youth, Language and Culture. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Journal articles and book chapters:

Angie Guan, Patricia Greenfield, and Marjorie Faulstich Orellana. (2014). Translating into Understanding: Language Brokering and Prosocial Development in Emerging Adults from Immigrant Families. Journal of Adolescent Research, 29(3): 331-355.

Marjorie Faulstich Orellana and Sarah J. Johnson. (2012). Anchor Babies and Dreams Deferred. Encyclopaedia, XVI (33), 71-87.

Lisa Dorner, Marjorie Faulstich Orellana and Rosa Jiménez. (2008). “It’s Just Something You Do to Help Your Family:” The Development of Immigrant Youth Through Relationships and Responsibilities. Journal of Adolescent Development.

 Marjorie Faulstich Orellana, Lisa Dorner and Lucila Pulido. (2003). Accessing Assets, Immigrant Youth as Family Interpreters. Social Problems, 50 (5): 505-524.

Marjorie Faulstich Orellana. (2003). Responsibilities of Children in Latino Immigrant Homes. New Directions for Youth Development: Understanding the Social Worlds of Immigrant Youth, Winter (100), 25-39.

Marjorie Faulstich Orellana and Philip Bowman. (2003). Cultural Diversity Research on Learning and Development. Educational Researcher, 32 (5): 26-32.

Marjorie Faulstich Orellana, María Meza and Kate Pietsch. (2002). Mexican Immigrant Networks and Home-School Connections. Practicing Anthropology. (Special issue on Latinos in the Midwest.)

Marjorie Faulstich Orellana, Karen Monkman, and Laurie MacGillivray. (2002). Coming Out Ahead vs. Being on Level: Parents and Teachers in an Urban Immigrant Community Talk about Success. Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement Technical Report Series #3-020.

Marjorie Faulstich Orellana. (2001). The Work Kids Do: Mexican and Central American Immigrant Children’s Contributions to Households and Schools in California. Harvard Educational Review, 71 (3): 366-389.

Marjorie Faulstich Orellana, Barrie Thorne, Anna Chee, and Wan Shun Eva Lam. (2001). Transnational Childhoods: The Participation of Children in Processes of Family Migration. Social Problems, 48 (4): 573-592.

Marjorie Faulstich Orellana. (1999). Space and Place in an Urban Landscape: Learning from Children’s Views of Their Social Worlds. Visual Sociology, 14, 73-89.

Marjorie Faulstich Orellana and Barrie Thorne. (1998). Year-Round Schools and the Politics of Time. Anthropology and Education Quarterly, 29 (4), 1-27.

Marjorie Faulstich Orellana and Arcelia Hernández. (1998). Talking the Walk: Children Reading Urban Environmental Print. The Reading Teacher, 52 (6), 612-619. [Reprinted in Pamela A. Merson and Jeanne Shay Schuman (Eds.), Promising Practices for Urban Reading Instruction. New Jersey: Prentice Hall.]

 Marjorie Faulstich Orellana. (1996). ¡Aquí Vivimos! Voices of Mexican and Central American Participants in a Family Literacy Project. The Journal of Educational Issues of Language Minority Students, 16: 115-130.

Marjorie Faulstich Orellana and Angie Shu-Sha Guan. (2015). Immigrant Family Settlement Processes and the Work of Child Language Brokers: Implications for Child Development. In Suárez-Orozco, C., Abo-Zena, M. and Kerivan Marks, A. (Eds.) The Development of Immigrant-Origin Children and Youth: A Contextual Approach. New York: New York University Press.

Cynthia García Coll, Barrie Thorne, Catherine Cooper and Marjorie Faulstich Orellana. (2004). From Social Categories to Social Process: “Race” and Ethnicity in School-Based Research with Children of Immigrants. In Cooper, Catherine R., Garcia Coll, Cynthia, Bartko, Todd, Davis, Helen, and Célina Chapman (Eds.), Hills of Gold: Rethinking Diversity and Contexts as Resources for Children’s Developmental Pathways. (pp. 241-262). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Barrie Thorne, Marjorie Faulstich Orellana, Wan Shun Eva Lam and Anna Chee. (2003). Raising Children – and Growing Up – in Transnational Contexts: Comparative Perspectives on Generation and Gender. In Hondagneu-Sotelo, Pierrette (Ed.) Gender and U.S. Immigration: Contemporary Trends. (pp. 241-262). Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Other publications and public commentaries:

Marjorie Faulstich Orellana.  (July 12, 2018). “Karma, interconnectedness, and the immigrant crisis.” Common Dreams.

Marjorie Faulstich Orellana. (January 30, 2013). “Our Debt to Guatemalans: A Chance for Attonement.”

Marjorie Faulstich Orellana. (June 20, 2012.) “Obama’s ‘Deferred Action’ for Undocumented Youth: A Privilege or What is Right?”

Marjorie Faulstich Orellana. (October 3, 2011). “When Shackling Pregnant Women is OK.”

Marjorie Faulstich Orellana. (June 17, 2010).  “On Civil Discourse in On-Line Forums: Learning From Immigrant Youth.”  Huffington Post.

Marjorie Faulstich Orellana. (May 21, 2010). “Recognizing the Human Rights of Immigrant Children.”  Huffington Post.

Marjorie Faulstich Orellana. (May 7, 2010). Stigmatizing Children: The True Cost of Arizona’s Immigration Law.  Huffington Post.

Marjorie Faulstich Orellana. (2007). Unpacking Immigration. Interactions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies Vol. 3, Issue 2, Article 2. Reprinted in Teaching Diversity, 3, Fall, 2007, 1-3.

Lisa Dorner and Marjorie Faulstich Orellana. (2006). Children and Immigration. In J. Loucky, J. Armstrong, and L. Estrada (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Immigration. Greenwood Publishing Group.