I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. As a cultural and political geographer, I am interested in 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 security and immigration 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' unauthorized journeys as they travel across Mexico to the U.S. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork in migrant shelters across Guatemala, southern Mexico, and along the U.S.-Mexico border, it examines the intersection of transnational immigration policy, securitization, and migrants' 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 and 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.