WHILE DONALD TRUMP ACCUSES MEXICAN IMMIGRANTS OF BEING RAPISTS and drug dealers, the faces of the current immigration crisis are those of the single Central American mothers and children who are fleeing threats of rape, kidnapping and murder by drug cartels in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador for the U.S. border. This paper first examines the history of U.S. foreign, drug, and immigration policies that created the conditions for the violence these women now flee.
Events & Workshops
Monday, October 24, 2016 - 4:30pm
Silverstein Forum, Stiteler Hall First Floor (Accessibility) / Free and open to the public
Prof. Saldaña-Portillo will discuss two papers:
Critical Latin@ Indigeneities: A Paradigm Drift (PDF)
Life on Edge: Central American Asylum Seekers and the Limits of U.S.Liberalism (PDF)
Co-sponsored by the Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality & Women
and the Latin American and Latino Studies Program
Discussant: Tulia Falleti (Political Science)
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 12:00pm
Guillermo Garcia (Law, Harvard University)
"The Political Effects of Centralizing the Defense of the State in One Branch"
Aniruddha Jairam (Political Science, University of Pennsylvania)
"'The law may not be real, but the big stick is': Dispute resolution and state capacity in an Indian district court"
Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 4:30pm
Co-sponsored by the Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality & Women
A 2015 POLICY CHANGE by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, from calling certain travelers “anomalies” to calling them “alarms,” signals the emergence of a new surveillance of travelling bodies that do not fit into normalized expectations of gender and ability. Hidden beneath discourses of security, we find definitions of citizenship that rely upon biological notions of “safe” and legible citizen-bodies.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Anurag Sinha (Political Science, Yale University)
“A Curious Appointment: Malthus at Haileybury and the Remaking of Global Political Economy"
Roberto Saba (History, University of Pennsylvania)
“The Spirit of Enterprise: American Entrepreneurs in Brazil of the 1860s"
Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 4:30pm
VALENTINE MOGHADAM is Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Northeastern University. Her areas of research include globalization; revolutions and social movements; transnational feminist networks; and gender, development, and democratization in the Middle East and North Africa. Among her many publications are Modernizing Women: Gender and Social Change in the Middle East (1993, 2003, 2013), Globalizing Women: Transnational Feminist Networks (2005), and Globalization and Social Movements: Islamism, Feminism, and the Global Justice Movement (2009, 2013). Her current research is on prospects for a women-friendly democratization after the Arab Spring.
Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 4:30pm
LYNNE HANEY is Professor of Sociology at New York University. Her research examines how states shape and regulate a variety of social relations, particularly gender relations. Her early work centered on state systems of welfare, while more recently it has shifted to focus on punishment—and on how the institutions of social control and confinement shape the lives and livelihood of those connected to them. She is the author of Inventing the Needy: Gender, Politics, and State Development in Hungary (2002) and Offending Women: Power, Punishment, and the Regulation of Desire (2010), which explores the lived reality of prison for women in the United States today.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Tom Leavitt (Political Science, Columbia University)
“Philosophy of Social Science and its Implications for Normative Democratic Theory"Beth Henzel (Philosophy, Rutgers University)
“Constructive Consent: A Dangerous Fiction"
Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 4:30pm
KAMALA KEMPADOO is Professor of Social Science, York University, and is affiliated with Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the graduate programs in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies, Political Science, Social and Political Thought, and Development Studies. Specializations include transnational and Caribbean feminisms, human trafficking discourses, studies of sexual labor-economic relations, Black studies, Caribbean studies, and gender and development. She is author of Sun, Sex and Gold: Tourism and Sex Work in the Caribbean (1999) and Sexing the Caribbean (2004); and co-author of Trafficking and Prostitution Reconsidered: New Perspectives on Migration, Sex Work, and Human Rights (2005/2015).
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Hadas Aron (Political Science, Columbia University)
“The Nationalist Capture: The State, Far Right Groups, and National Ethos in Central Europe"James Morone (Political Science, University of Pennsylvania)
“Mechanisms of Hegemony, Revisited: The underdevelopment of political discourse and practice as a constraint on social movements"
Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 4:30pm
ANGE-MARIE HANCOCK is Associate Professor of Political Science and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California. She is the author of the award-winning The Politics of Disgust and the Public Identity of the “Welfare Queen” (2004) and a globally recognized scholar of the study of intersectionality – the study of the intersections of race, gender, class and sexuality politics and their impact on public policy. Her second book, Solidarity Politics for Millennials: A Guide to Ending the Oppression Olympics (2011) focuses on the development of intersectional solidarity as a method of political engagement for individuals, groups and policy practitioners in U.S. politics. Her most recent book is Intersectionality: An Intellectual History (2016).
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Minju Bae (History, Temple University)
“The Mutinous Origins of the Asian American Labor Movement, 1984-1992"Carly Regina (Political Science, University of Pennsylvania)
“Labor Market Segmentation and the Production of Ethnicity and Race Ideologies in Arizona Copper: Ethnic and racial group-making and the construction of tractable workforces"
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Dannah Dennis (Anthropology, University of Virginia)
“In the Name of the Mother: Gendered and Regional Exclusions in Nepali Citizenship"Beth Wellman (Political Science, Yale University)
“Does Citizenship Travel? Constitutional Reform and Diaspora Voting Rights in Africa"
Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 4:30pm
ALONDRA NELSON is professor of sociology and gender studies and Dean of Social Science at Columbia University, where she has served as director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. She is Chair-elect of the American Sociological Association Section on Science, Knowledge, and Technology. She is the author of The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome (2016), which traces how claims about ancestry are marshaled together with genetic analysis in a range of social ventures, and Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination (2011). She is also editor or coeditor of the volumes Technicolor: Race, Technology and Everyday Life (2001), Afrofuturism (2002), and Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History (2012).
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Daniel Platt (American Studies, Brown University)
“From Contract to Status: Property Exemption in Nineteenth-Century American Law"
Tesalia Rizzo (Political Science, MIT)
“When Clients Exit: Consequences of Programmatic Access to the State on Citizen Political Behavior and Clientelistic Structures"
Friday, May 5, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
ALTHOUGH THE PRIVILEGES AND PROTECTIONS PROVIDED by the state are never entirely secure, there are those whose gender, sexual, and racial positioning give them an especially precarious hold on both the legal and symbolic rights of citizenship. In its 2017 Annual Conference, “Citizenship on the Edge: Sex/Gender/Race,” Penn DCC examines the struggles of vulnerable groups to gain or maintain their status as full citizens, recognizing at the same time that the edge they inhabit can be a cutting edge. Participating Scholars include Erez Aloni (Whittier Law School), Mishuana Goeman (UCLA), Samantha Majic (John Jay College of Criminal Justice), Paul Mepschen (Universiteit Van Amsterdam), Charles Mills (Northwestern University), Michael Rembis (University at Buffalo), Tracy Robinson (University of the West Indies at Mona), and Kimberly Theidon (Tufts University).