Dr. Ulibarrí is a faculty member in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, which is located at the U.S./ Mexico border. He teaches classes in social stratification and sociological theory. His research interests are border sociology, gender, and sexual violence. He  is pursuing a research agenda examining the nexus between irregular immigration and human trafficking in the border region.  He has conducted research on the social construction of human trafficking victims and anti-trafficking policy.