Mexican Studies Seminar: Becoming the State: (Im)migration Control and the Weaponization of Brown Bodies

WhenFebruary 18, 2020 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
WhereSocial Science Research, Room 224
Contact InformationKatz Center for Mexican Studies
DescriptionDavid Cortez is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Notre Dame University. His research centers on ethnic and racial identity with particular focus on intersectional and situational identity salience. His current book project explores the emergence of a disproportionately Latinx immigration law enforcement workforce as a metaphor for the minority experience in the United States. Drawing on the extensive fieldwork, including interviews with and observations of more than one-hundred immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents across Texas, Arizona, and California, his research engages questions of belonging, obligation, and liminality to reveal the careful negotiation of cross-cutting social group memberships of Latinx immigration agents caught between two worlds: the police and the policed.

Sponsored by the Katz Center for Mexican Studies.

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