Current Research

I am currently working on a number of projects, each involving my core research interests in sexuality, migration, NGOs,, social movements, and state power:

  • Book project: revising my doctoral dissertation for publication as a book.
  • Edited volume: provisionally entitled, “Profit, Protest, and the Asylum Industry,” this volume brings together scholars, activists, artists, and journalists to critically engage with how asylum systems internationally function under neoliberal capitalism.
  • Ethnographic research: on the materiality of protest, and how houses (via lawn signs, flags, and other political statements) have become ostensible sites of “resistance” to the Trump administration, in Washington, D.C. In connection to this project, I am organizing an installation, entitled “Protest Matters!” to take place during the AAA in 2017. Open to public and Association audiences alike, this should be a productive forum in which to discuss material culture, affect, and protest – while building bridges between academics and local community members.
  • Longitudinal study: with lesbian-, bisexual-, and trans-identified women who are going through, or have been through the U.S. asylum process and who contributed to my doctoral research. I am using sensorial methods in this project, with a view to producing multimedia outputs for multiple and diverse audiences, as well as scholarly publications.
  • In-development, long-term project: ethnographic research project on alternatives to detention (ATD) in the United States, in which I focus on two levels of analysis: First, how do people held in ATD schemes conceptualize “freedom” and how does this change over time? Second, how has the language and practices of community-based initiatives been employed by government departments and offices, and private sector security firms, and how has this in turn impacted those community-based efforts?