Alicia Schmidt Camacho
Alicia Schmidt Camacho is Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration at Yale University. She is affiliated with the Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration, the Council of Latin American and Iberian Studies, and the Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. Her scholarship examines migration, social movements, and cultural politics in North America. She has written articles about transnational labor organizing, gender violence and feminicide in Mexico, border governance, and migrant expressive culture. Her book, Migrant Imaginaries: Latino Cultural Politics in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands (NYU 2008), received the Lora Romero First Book Prize in American Studies. She is currently writing a second book entitled The Carceral Border, a study of the ways unauthorized migrants have confronted state and social violence along their passage through the North American migratory circuit since the 1980s. Another book project, derived from the 2019 Tam Tran Lectures in American Studies at Brown University, considers the significance of defending human mobility in the contemporary era of mass deportation and border construction. In 2017, Alicia formed the Migrant Justice Initiative, a multidisciplinary project for scholars to document and engage with migrant-led organizing, and to shape better understandings of migrant realities in the Americas. She works with feminist, human rights, and migrant advocacy organizations in the U.S. and Mexico to address the concerns of migrants and other vulnerable transborder populations.
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