Migration Community Welcomes Three New Visitors Next Fall

Monday, April 3, 2017

The PIIRS Research Community, Migration: People and Cultures Across Borders, will welcome three visitors next fall to be in residence at PIIRS for the academic year.

“We are truly delighted to welcome this terrific group of scholars to Princeton and to our research group,” says Sandra Bermann, the Cotsen Professor of the Humanities and professor of comparative literature, who coordinates the program. “These individuals bring such varied research agendas — all of which will clearly make a significant difference in what we can do as a PIIRS Community.”

Launched last year, the Migration Research Community brings a wide range of scholarly expertise to work on contemporary migration issues. With a core group of 22 scholars, the group aims to facilitate a multidisciplinary discussion that can educate and inform, and where possible, provide new frameworks for mitigating conflict and inequities. The three scholars – Noelle Brigden, David Cortez and Loren Landau – will contribute to the Community’s scholarly work and will be housed in the PIIRS suite at the Louis A. Simpson International Building.

Brigden is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Marquette University, where she teaches courses on international relations, human security and migration. She previously held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. During her research on the violence and uncertainty that confronts Central American migrants in transit, she conducted over two years of fieldwork along unauthorized routes in El Salvador, Mexico and the United States. Her research has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Fulbright Garcia-Robles program, the Bucerius Program at the Zeit-Stiftung and the Einaudi Center for International Studies and the Institute for Social Science at Cornell University. She has published in International Studies Quarterly, Geopolitics, Migration Politics and Antipode, and her work is forthcoming in Mobilities. Her current research project maps the im/mobilities produced by gang borders in El Salvador to theorize globalization and the reordering of the nation-state through the lived spatial orientation of people. She earned her Ph.D. in Government at Cornell University.

Cortez is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Government at Cornell University. His research centers on ethnic and racial identity, with particular focus on intersectional and situational identity salience. At Princeton, he will be preparing a book manuscript in which he explores the emergence of a disproportionately Latinx immigration law enforcement workforce as a metaphor for the minority experience in the United States. Drawing on extensive ethnographic fieldwork, including interviews with and observations of 100 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.

Landau is the South African Research Chair in Human Mobility and the Politics of Difference at the African Centre for Migration & Society, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg where he is the founding director. He has previously held visiting and faculty positions at Georgetown University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. His work explores human mobility, citizenship, development and political authority. He has served as the chair of the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CoRMSA), as a member of the South African Immigration Advisory Board and is on the editorial boards of Society & Space; International Migration Review, Migration Studies, and the Journal of Refugee Studies. Widely published in the academic and popular press, he is author of The Humanitarian Hangover: Displacement, Aid, and Transformation in Western Tanzania; co-editor of Forging African Communities: Mobility, Integration, and BelongingHistories of Lost Futures: Xenophobia and Becoming the New South Africa; Contemporary Migration to South Africa; and editor of Exorcising the Demons Within: Xenophobia, Violence and Statecraft in Contemporary South Africa (UN University Press/Wits Press). Among other journals, he has published in Urban Studies; Millennium, Politics & Society; and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. He holds an MSc in Development Studies (LSE) and a Ph.D. in Political Science (Berkeley) and has consulted with the South African Human Rights Commission, the UNDP, the UNHCR, the World Bank, Oxfam, and others.  

Learn more about the Migration Research Community.