I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. As a human geographer, I am interested in citizenship, geopolitics, and international migration, with a specific focus on migrant experiences in North and Central America. In particular, I focus on the ways in which immigration and refugee policy shape migrants' mobility and experiences in transit.
My dissertation, Lives in Transit: Identity, Belonging, and the Politics of Migrant Journeys from Central America to the U.S., is a multi-sited study of migrants' journeys as they travel across Mexico to the U.S. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork in migrant shelters across Guatemala, Mexico, and south Texas, I examine the intersection of mobility, immigration policy and refugee policy, and migrants' intimate experiences in transit. In doing so, I detail the shifting geopolitics of migrant journeys as well as new forms of identity, sense-making, and belonging forged en route.
Other projects include a sustained interest in qualitative methods, especially ethnographies, and ethical dilemmas in international fieldwork. This work has examined a range of topics, from negotiating multiple positionalities and trauma in the field to building trust and rapport with participants.
My most recent work, published in the journal Geopolitics, is available here.