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 journeys in North and Central America. In particular, I focus on the ways in which immigration and refugee policy shapes migrants' mobility and experiences in transit across a variety of international contexts.
My dissertation, Life 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 to and 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 North and Central America. Here, I show how environmental change and climactic events are deeply entangled with migrants’ decisions to leave home, which are multifaceted and complex. Other projects include a sustained interest in qualitative methods, especially ethnography, and ethical dilemmas in international fieldwork.
My most recent work, published in the journal Geopolitics, is available here.