I am a political and cultural geographer, and my interests include global migration, immigration enforcement practices, homeland security, processes of racialization, constructions of borders and sovereignty, Latin America, and feminist epistemology and methodologies.
My ethnographically-based research broadly examines ways in which state policies shape patterns and socio-cultural consequences of human mobility. An ongoing project identifies the embodied consequences of destination countries’ immigration enforcement policies in countries of migrant origin. It focuses on the reverberations of U.S. migrant detention and deportation practices in Ecuador, and critically considers the relationship between ideas of homeland security and daily experiences of insecurity. The findings and arguments developed through this work have been published in Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Geopolitics, a co-authored piece in Annals of the Association of American Geographers, a co-authored chapter in A Companion to Border Studies, and a chapter in Carceral Spaces: Mobility and Agency in Imprisonment and Migrant Detention. This research is also the subject of a book manuscript in process, tentatively titled: Thinking Beyond Borders: Why Detention and Deportation are Part of America’s ‘Immigration Problem’. A new project (with Dr. Deirdre Conlon) investigates the “intimate economies” of detention facilities in the greater New York City area.
Another area of research investigates ways in which shifts in immigrant destinations are transforming social and political landscapes in the United States. I draw on fieldwork in small-town Colorado to explore ways in which constructions of "illegality" shape immigrant and non-immigrant interactions. Publications from this project include articles in Antipode, Social and Cultural Geography, and a chapter in Immigrants Outside Megalopolis. I am also interested in the qualitative research process itself, especially thinking through how theory influences method and vice versa. A co-authored article including reflections on and lessons from fieldwork was published in Gender, Place, and Culture. Additional projects consider the outward elasticity of borders through immigration enforcement, morphing ideas of sovereignty, and how destination countries’ immigration policies influence migrants’ decisions and migration paths.
Finally, my teaching emphasizes global interconnectedness between communities, regions, and nations while considering the unique histories, gendered sociospatial relations, and political realities of individual places. I aim to create a dynamic classroom where students can connect what they are learning to personal experience.
Graduate Colloquia will take place on September 24, 2014 in the Humanities Institute - 1:00 - 2:20 p.m.
Liz Montegary - "Does It Run in the Family?": Health, Security, and the Future of LGBT Politics.
Michelle Ho - Tracing Triple Axels: Race, Femininities, and Japan's Women Figure Skaters.November 5th - Details to follow
Fall 2014 CAT Graduate ConferenceTopic: Endings
Date: Friday, November 21, 2014 Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Stony Brook Manhattan
Co-Sponsored EventsSeptember 18 - 20, 2014 -"Global Women’s Cinema Conference"
September 23, 2014 - Poet, essayist and critic Vijay Seshadri, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
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New MA/PhD in Women's and Gender Studies
Raiford Guins "Punk archaeologists" explain that they went looking for more than just video-game cartridges in a New Mexico landfill.
Nancy Hiemstra has been selected to receive the 2014 Graduate and Faculty Research Program in the Arts, Humanities and Lettered Social Sciences.
Robert Harvey has been appointed to the rank of Distinguished Professor.
Izabela Kalinowska-Blackwood is curating a film series at the IWM in Vienna.
Beth Tsai has been selected to receive the 2014 Graduate and Faculty Research Program in the Arts, Humanities and Lettered Social Sciences.