Office: Fulton Hall 270
Info on my second book Blockading the Border and Human Rights: The El Paso Operation that Remade Immigration Enforcement (May 2009) University of Texas of Press
I am a Professor of Sociology in the Sociology Department, Fulton School of Liberal Arts, Salisbury University. I began working at SU in the fall of 1999, several months after completing my Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to that, I lived in El Paso, Texas from 1994-1999 doing field research for my Ph.D. dissertation (and teaching part-time), which was a case-study of immigration enforcement and the Border Patrol in the El Paso, Texas/Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua portion of the US-Mexico border, centering on bureaucracy, human rights, and civic action for social change. The University of Texas Press has published my book based largely on this, entitled Blockading the Border and Human Rights: The El Paso Operation that Remade Immigration Enforcement (May 2009). I have also written a prior book on border enforcement entitled The Militarization of the U.S.-Mexico Border, 1978-1992: Low Intensity Conflict Doctrine Comes Home (1996, Center for Mexican American Studies, UT-Austin), which showed that immigration and drug enforcement along the US-Mexico border became steadily more militarized from the late 1970s through the early 1990s (police acting more like military and vice versa). I have also done research on Latino immigration in the local Del-Mar-Va area, much of it in conjunction with Dr. Ana Maria Aragonés, a former SU visiting Fulbright scholar from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City. We have a chapter on this (“Recent Mexican Migration to the Rural Del-Mar-Va Peninsula: Human Rights vs. Citizenship Rights in a Local Context”) in an anthology published in 2005 (New Destinations of Mexican Immigration in the United States: Community Formation, Local Responses and Inter-Group Relations, edited by Víctor Zúñiga and Rubén Hernández-León, editors). Dr. Aragonés and I have jointly published several other related publications on our on this topic research in academic journals and anthologies published in Mexico. Relatedly, in 2004 I co-authored a research report ("Project Adelante Needs Assessment Report of Latino Immigrants on the Eastern Shore of Maryland for the Eastern Shore Regional Library," co-author Amy Liebman) based largely on a lengthy survey of nearly 200 Latino immigrants in the area, a project I co-led with Dr. Aragonés. The results of the report helped to better inform area libraries and other social service providers about this rapidly growing population. I have presented our research findings on this to various state and local audiences of policy-makers, commissions and social service providers. Finally, I have traveled extensively in Mexico and Central America, and I am fluent in Spanish.
As a faculty member at SU I have the opportunity to pursue my main interest, teaching and interacting with students. My classes generally feature a good deal of student interaction, active participation and discussion, which is made possible by SU's relatively small class sizes. I am also the internship coordinator for the Sociology department, and I am a strong proponent of service- and experiential-learning. In the future I hope to aid the establishment of study-abroad/international exchange programs between SU and universities in Mexico. I am also engaged in community service work related to recent Latino immigration to this area. In general, I strive to build cross-disciplinary bridges with students and faculty around issues of mutual interest, such as Latin American Studies, Border Studies, Human Rights, International Migration, etc.
Areas of Interest
Poltical and Social Change