Carlos Martinez

Research Interests: Migration, Deportation, Borders, Refugees, States, Statelessness, Mexico, Latin America


My dissertation examines statelessness as a subjectivity that is reproduced, experienced, and embodied through a series of state practices. My project asks: What subjectivities, socialities, and solidarities are emerging amidst contemporary conditions of statelessness? What insights can studying statelessness provide about the state itself? How might studying the growing phenomenon of statelessness force us to reconceptualize the relationship between biopolitical and necropolitical modes of governance? Based on participant observation among deportees and Central American refugees in Mexico, my project moves between migrant shelters, drug rehabilitation centers, hospitals, and homeless encampments to examine statelessness from multiple experiential and analytical frames.

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