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Columbia University
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immigration, immigration detention, jails, carceral state, childhood, Miami, borderlands, federalism, privatization
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I am a historian of immigration and the carceral state currently completing my dissertation at Columbia University. In Fall 2020, I will be an Assistant Professor of U.S. History at the College of William & Mary.

My research examines the federal immigration service’s long history of relying on city and county jails for migrant detention and deportation, tracing the practice from the era of Chinese Exclusion to the era of ICE. I show how local governments came to see themselves as partners in the project of immigration law enforcement–a transformation that has significant stakes in the present, as cities and municipalities reckon with questions of immigration detainers, sanctuary status, and their relationship with an increasingly militarized immigration service.



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United States
Expertise by Geography
North America, United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Children & Youth, Law, Local & Regional, Migration & Immigration