Academic Publications


2020. Asylum for Sale: Profit and protest in the migration industry. PM Press. Co-edited with Adrienne Pine.

Peer-reviewed journal articles

2020. “Rewriting Postcards: Experiments in transnational research and collaborative curation.” Studies on Home and Community Science: Special Issue on Creative Community Activism in Global Contexts.

2018. “(In)credible Subjects: NGOs, Attorneys, and Permissible LGBT Asylum Seeker Identities.” PoLAR (Political and Legal Anthropology Review), 41: 4-18.

2014. “‘God loves you and it gets better’: Ideology, Deixis and Agency in an Anti-Homophobic Bullying Viral Campaign,”  Journal of Language and Sexuality 3(2): 219—244.

2013. “Righteous Crusades? Imperialism, Homophobia and the Danger of Simplification in God Loves Uganda,” The Postcolonialist 1: Online.

Book chapters

2020. “Introduction” and “Neoliberalism and LGBT Asylum: A play in five acts”. Asylum for Sale: Profit and protest in the migration industry. Siobhan McGuirk and Adrienne Pine (eds.) Oakland, CA: PM Press.

2018. “Centering Intersectional Politics in Queer Migration Activism.” Queer Activism After Marriage, Volume 2. Joseph Nicholas DeFilippis et al. (eds.) New York, NY: Routledge. First author. Co-authors: Jara Carrington, Claudia Cojocaru, Jamila Hammami, and Marzena Zukowska.

2016. “Loving God vs. Wrathful God: Religion and LGBT Forced Migration.” The Refugee Crisis and Religion: Secularism, Security and Hospitality in Question. Luca Mavelli and Erin Wilson (eds.) London, UK: Rowman and Littlefield. Co-authored with Max Niedzwiecki.

Other scholarly writing

2019. “Notes on a Postcard.” Allegra Laboratory.  Online.

2018. “Psychogeography, Safe Spaces, and LGBTQ Immigrant Experience: Reflections from the ‘At Home in the Village?’ Project.” Refugee Hosts ‘Representations of Displacement Series.’ University College London / AHRC-ESRC. Online, published January 13, 2018.

2017. “Book Review: Real Queer?  Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Refugees in the Canadian Refugee Apparatus by D.A.B. Murray.” Association for Feminist Anthropology. Online.

2015. “Queer Language Matters.” Anthropology News 56(2): 27—28. Co-authored with William Leap.




  • “Disunited Under One Flag? LGBT activists and allies against Trump” International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences’ (IUAES) Inter-Congress. Poznan, Poland, August 2019.
  • Affective productions at the Museo Migrante” Co-authored with Deyanira Clériga Morales. Association of Social Anthropology (ASA) annual meeting. University of East Anglia, September 2019.



  • “Yes, In My Front Yard: Private Houses and Polyvocal Protest in a Washington, D.C. Suburb.” American Anthropological Association (AAA) Annual Meeting. Washington, DC. November 2017. Panel Convener.
  • “Queer(y)ing Safe Havens: LGBTQ Asylum Seekers Beyond the Popular Media Lens”. European Association of Social Anthropologists Workshop: Anthropologies of Media and Mobility. University of Cologne, September 2017.
  • “Reflections on ‘The Refugee Crisis and Religion’”. Roundtable. American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA. September 2017.


  • “Queer Ambivalence in the Asylum Waiting Game.” American Anthropological Association (AAA). Minneapolis, MN. November 2016. (Session organizer.)
  • “Centering Intersectional Politics: Queer Migration Activisms ‘After Marriage’” (Roundtable). After Marriage, Center for LGBT Studies, CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY, October 2016.


  • “Power and Privilege: Decolonizing Migration Struggles” (Roundtable), Critical Border and Migration Studies Annual Conference. Queen Mary’s University, London. September 2015.
  • “The Subjective Limits and Possibilities of Being an ‘LGBT Asylum Seeker.’” The International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society (IASSCS). Dublin City University, Ireland. June 2015.
  • “NGOs and the Construction of Exceptionally Deserving Immigrants.” Society for the Anthropology of North America. John Jay College of the City University of New York. April 2015.
  • Practicing Anthropology Professionally and Personally: Balancing Institutional and Activist Ideals: Panel Discussion” Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists. Washington, DC. March, 2015.


  • “Moving People: Anthropologists Adopting, Interrogating And Refuting Governmental Categorizations” (Co-convener and discussant). European Association of Social Anthropologists Biennial Conference. Tallinn, Estonia. August 2014.
  • “Faith-Based Asylum Seeker Support: An Ethnographic Perspective” Symposium of the British Council’s Bridging Voices program: “Addressing the Asylum Crisis: Religious Contributions to Rethinking Protection in Global Politics,” Georgetown University, Washington DC. May 2014.
  • “Seeking Representation at the Grassroots and Within the Nonprofit World.” Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting. Albuquerque, NM. March 2014.
  • “Suffering Testimony in LGBT Asylum Advocacy.” The Future of NGO Studies Conference. Northern Illinois University. November 2013.
  • “Working With LGBTQI Immigrant Detainees: Best Practices.” Refugee Immigrant Ministries. Malden, MA. March 2013.
  • “On Sexual Nationalisms Contested and Embodied as Subjectivity.” (in absentia) Re-Gendering And (De)Queering Post-Conflict Societies International Colloquium, University of Nottingham. Nottingham, UK. March 2013.
  • “‘Why Does This Happen?’ Mash-ups, militarism and visual anthropology.” Society for Anthropology of North America Annual Meeting, Duke University. March 2013.
  • “‘God Loves You and It Gets Better!” Ideology, deixis and agency in an anti-homophobic bullying viral campaign.” Lavender Languages and Linguistics, American University, February 2013
  • “Religion, Faith, and LGBT Asylum.” DC Metro Area LGBTQ Symposium. George Washington University, Washington, DC. November 2012.
  • “Turning Inside Out: LGBT Asylum in the U.S.” Public Anthropology Conference. American University, Washington, DC. October 2012.
  • “I Am Not Your Fetish: The fetishization of race in American pop culture.” Women’s Initiative Panel, American University, Washington DC. December 2011.