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, international migration, and geopolitics, 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 across a variety of international contexts.
My dissertation, Lives in Transit: Identity, Belonging, and the Politics of Migrant Journeys from Central America to the U.S., is a multi-sited ethnographic study of migrant journeys as they travel from Central America toward the U.S. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork in migrant shelters across Guatemala, Mexico, and Texas, I examine the intersection of mobility, immigration and refugee law, 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.
My work also explores the growing connections between international migration and climate change in Central America. Here, I show not only how environmental change and climactic events are entangled with migrants’ decisions to leave home, but also how climate change lies at the center of contemporary debates and fears over so-called ‘climate migrants.’
Other projects include a sustained interest in qualitative methods, especially ethnography, 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.