Gabriella Sanchez's work investigates the social organisation of the groups that facilitate irregular migration and border crossings. A graduate and former faculty member of Arizona State University, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Maryland and at Monash University in Melbourne. She was a lecturer at Wellesley College and at the Catholic University of America, and is currently an assistant professor in security studies at the University of Texas at El Paso. Gabriella has worked as a consultant for government agencies and NGOs on issues related to transnational crime, migrant vulnerability, racial profiling and immigration control regimes along borders.
A recipient of Boren and Fulbright fellowships, Gabriella is also the author of "Human Smuggling and Border Crossings" (Routledge 2014), which explores the everyday interactions that emerge among human smugglers and those seeking their services. She has conducted comparative fieldwork on the operation of smuggling groups in North Africa, the Middle East and Australia.