I hold a BA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Sociology from Dartmouth College, a master’s degree in geography from Hunter College – CUNY, and a PhD (2003) in geography from the University of British Columbia. Prior to joining Laurier, I was assistant and associate professor in geography at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University (2003-2011) and the 2009-2010 Mackenzie King Research Fellow with the Canada Program at Harvard University.
My work explores the tension between the decisions, displacements, and desires that drive migration and the policies and practices designed to regulate migration. You can see a complete list of my publications on my Google Scholar profile. Some are also listed on my webpage at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.
At Laurier, I direct the International Migration Research Centre. I also edit a journal called Environment & Planning C: Politics & Space.
I advise students working in the fields of global migration, border studies, and political geography. Recent and current advisees are studying the relationships between law, governance, territoriality, borders, detention, and human mobility. I also advise students working on topics in feminist and urban geography.