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.
  • Short-term ethnographic project: 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.
  • 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?