Lauren Heidbrink

Lauren Heidbrink, Ph.D.Photo of Lauren Heidbrink

  • Associate Professor of Human Development
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  • Phone: (562) 985-8530
  • Office hours for Spring 2024: Not teaching. Dr. Heidbrink is on research leave for Spring 2024.
  • Office location: LA3-200A
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  • Ph.D. (2010), M.A. (2007) John Hopkins University, Anthropology
  • M.A./M.S. (2003) DePaul University, International Public Service Management
  • B.A. (1998) University of Virginia, City Planning, Latin American Studies, Spanish Literature

Research Interests

Lauren Heidbrink is a cultural anthropologist who focuses on the anthropology of childhood and migration in Central America. Her research and teaching interests include childhood and youth, transnational migration, performance and identity, engaged methodologies, and Central America. Her manuscript, Migrant Youth, Transnational Families, and the State: Care and Contested Interests (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014), examines the experiences of migrant children in U.S. federal facilities for unaccompanied children and following release. With support of the National Science Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies, her recent manuscript Migranthood: Youth in a New Era of Deportation (Stanford University Press, 2020) traces the impacts of the securitization of development on Indigenous Guatemalan youth following deportation from the U.S. and Mexico. Dr. Heidbrink is co-founder and editor of Youth Circulations, a curated digital exhibit tracing the real and imagined circulations of global youth.  


  • HDEV 205: Immigrant Youth in Long Beach
  • HDEV 307: Approaches to Childhood
  • HDEV 310: Qualitative Methods in Human Development
  • HDEV 320: Quantitative Methods in Human Development
  • HDEV 405: Latin American Childhoods
  • HDEV 470: Seminar/Practicum
  • ANTH 444/544: Transnational Migration

Recent Publications

Public Scholarship