Divided by the Wall:

Progressive and Conservative Immigration Politics at ​the U.S.-Mexico Border

“Divided by the Wall offers a portrait of political activism that is remarkably attuned to the interior lives of its subjects and the complexities of human motivation. […] It is one of the most sensitive accounts of the social roots of activism available in sociology.” -Prof. Tom Medvetz

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I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. I study the relationship between everyday political behavior and larger societal structures. I am the author of the 2020 book, Divided By the Wall, an ethnographic study of how and why ordinary Americans participate in immigration politics at the U.S.-Mexico border. I have also written about Canadian refugee politics and immigrant voting.

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Journal of Labor and Society

“Welcome to the Border”

National Geographic’s Border Wars and the Naturalization of Border Militarization

Qualitative Sociology

Producing Precarity

The Temporary Staffing Agency in the Labor Market.


Popular Sovereignty on the Border

Nativist activism among two border watch groups in southern Arizona

Social Problems

The State Effect

Theorizing Immigration Politics in Arizona