Academic publications, organised thematically – see here for journalistic writing. Conference papers/ invited lectures below.


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

On migration, LGBTQ+ asylum

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

2020. “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. “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.

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

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.

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 Book Reviews. Online.

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.

Art, curation, creative methods

2022. “Creating and Contesting Knowledges at the Museo Migrante”. Investigating Cultures of Equality. Dorota Golańska, Aleksandra M. Różalska and Suzanne Clisby (eds.). London, UK: Routledge. Co-authoed with Deyanira Clériga Morales.

2021. “Motion. Stop.: Responding to Crises Compounded”. entanglements: experiments in multimodal ethnography, 4(2). Online.

2021. “Virtual Art in a Time of Crisis Ideology, Familiarity, and the Digital White Cube.” The Sociological Review. Online March 3, 2021.

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.

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

Queer theory, LGBTQ+ experience

2021. “Book Review: The Daring Life and Dangerous Times of Eve Adams by Jonathan Ned Katz.” Representology 2: 68-71.

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

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.

Conference papers / invited talks





  • “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.