Dissertation Title: The Growth of Immigrant Caging in Postwar America

Jennifer Cullison is an Assistant Professor in the History Department at California State University, Stanislaus.  She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder.  She is a specialist in U.S. history and global issues of race, migration, and citizenship. Her research focuses on U.S. immigration policy history and the human experience of, especially, undocumented immigrants and people detained by U.S. immigration regimes (the Immigration and Naturalization Service and, more recently,  Immigration and Customs Enforcement) in the post-WWiII era. Key to her work has been the use of international archives, interviews, oral histories, and digital humanities. As the former head of a small university-civic partnership called the Realities of Undocumented Immigrants Oral History Project at the University of Nevada, Reno and as a result of her dissertation research, Dr. Cullison is practiced at creating oral and public-facing history.


* Recent Publication: 

1) “Separating and Caging Immigrant Families: Case Studies in South Texas from the Postwar Era through Trump’s Reign of Terror” in Violence, Migration, and Detention during Trump’s Reign of Terror and Beyond, Arturo J. Aldama and Jessica Ordaz, editors, University of Arizona Press.  Forthcoming.

2) “Valley of Caged Immigrants: Punishment, Protest, and the Rise of the Port Isabel Detention Center,” Tabula Rasa, Special Issue:  The Rise of the Border Industrial Complex: Biopolitics, Economics, Rights, Culture, 33 (January 2020), 225-269.