Nicholas De Genova (Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Chicago, 1999) holds a permanent appointment as Reader in Urban Geography, where he has been the Director of the Cities Research Group and is now Director of a new research group on Spatial Politics, in the Department of Geography at King's College London.
Previously, De Genova was Reader in Anthropology at Goldsmiths, University of London (2011-13). During the 2010-11 academic year, Professor De Genova was a visiting Scholar in the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago. During the spring and summer of 2010, De Genova was a Visiting Research Professor in the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies at the University of Amsterdam. In the Fall semester of 2009, he held the Swiss Chair in Mobility Studies as a visiting Professor in the Institut für Sozialanthropolgie at the University of Bern (Switzerland). Earlier in his career, De Genova was a professor of sociocultural, political, and legal Anthropology, Latino and comparative Ethnic Studies, "American" (U.S.) studies, and migration studies at Columbia University (2000-09) and Stanford University (1997-99). In 2007-08, he was a Marie Curie International Research Fellow at the University of Warwick (UK).
Professor De Genova conducted extensive ethnographic research among transnational Mexican/ migrant factory workers in Chicago during the 1990s. His research concerned the conjunctures of racialization, labor subordination, and the politics of immigration and citizenship in the United States. His subsequent research concerned the politics of immigration, race, and citizenship in the United States in the aftermath of the so-called War on Terror, and the proliferation of securitization around human mobility, as well as the diverse experiences of migrant labor and borders on a global scale. Currently, he is especially interested in the intersections of migration, racialization, border struggles, and the production of urban space.
In collaboration with Sandro Mezzadra, political theorist at the University of Bologna, De Genova has also initiated a multi-disciplinary research network on “The ‘European’ Question: Postcolonial Perspectives on Migration, Nation, and Race” with migration scholars from the UK, Italy, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Latvia, and the Czech Republic.
Professor De Genova is the Author of:
Working the Boundaries: Race, Space, and "Illegality" in Mexican Chicago (Duke University Press, 2005);
co-author of Latino Crossings: Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, and the Politics of Race and Citizenship (Routledge, 2003);
editor of Racial Transformations: Latinos and Asians Remaking the United States (Duke University Press, 2006); and
co-editor of The Deportation Regime: Sovereignty, Space, and the Freedom of Movement (Duke University Press, 2010).
In addition, he is the author of numerous scholarly articles and book chapters.
Professor De Genova is currently completing three new books. Two are academic monographs: one on The Migrant Metropolis, and another on The "European" Question: Migration, Race, and Postcoloniality. The third, Crossing the Line: A Memoir of Free Speech during Wartime, addresses questions of political urgency for a much broader public.
In addition, De Genova is editing a new volume, entitled The Borders of "Europe": Autonomy of Migration, Tactics of Bordering, showcasing recent research by junior scholars, and is co-editing a special thematic journal issue on the racialization and criminalization of eastern European Roma ("Gypsy") migrants in the European Union.
Professor De Genova has been invited to speak to diverse academic audiences throughout the United States (his country of origin), as well as Great Britain (where he now resides). In addition, his scholarship has garnered international attention. De Genova has been invited to present lectures to scholarly audiences in 22 other countries, on 5 continents. His scholarship has been published in translation in Dutch, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Interviews with Professor De Genova have been published in English, Danish, and Italian.
De Genova also served as an Expert Witness for Tribunal 12 (Stockholm, May 2012), dedicated to a critical public examination of systematic abuses in the context of migration and asylum-seeking in Europe. He was invited to participate in an international network, initiated by scholars in the Boston College School of Law, involved in drafting an international human rights convention and formulating the Declaration on the Rights of Expelled and Deported Persons.