I hold a BA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Sociology from Dartmouth College, a master’s degree in geography from Hunter College – CUNY, and a PhD (2003) in geography from the University of British Columbia. Prior to joining Laurier, I was assistant and associate professor in geography at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University (2003-2011) and the 2009-2010 Mackenzie King Research Fellow with the Canada Program at Harvard University.
My work explores the tension between the decisions, displacements, and desires that drive migration and the policies and practices designed to regulate migration. You can see a complete list of my publications on my Google Scholar profile. Many of them are also listed on my webpage at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.
During academic year 2015–2016, I am on leave from Wilfrid Laurier University and based at Harvard University as the 2015-2016 Wiliam Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies.
The main focus of my recent research is the search for, and erosion of, political asylum and related struggles over detention on islands. More broadly, I am interested in the relationships between border enforcement and human migration; legal geographies and territoriality. I am currently completing articles and book manuscripts based on findings from the Island Detention Project, a CAREER grant funded by the National Science Foundation to study the role of islands and border enforcement off the shores of Australia, Europe, and North America. I am also beginning new research on landscapes of asylum and meanings of safe haven for war resisters.
I advise students working in the fields of global migration, border studies, and political geography. Recent and current advisees are studying the relationships between law, governance, territoriality, borders, detention, and human mobility. I also advise students working on topics in feminist and urban geography.
To view more of my publications please visit my Google Scholar profile.
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