Speaker Series: Susan Bibler Coutin
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Susan Bibler Coutin is a Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, and Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. She holds a Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology and is a professor in the Department of Criminology, Law, and Society and the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. Her research has examined social, political, and legal activism surrounding immigration issues, particularly immigration from El Salvador to the United States.
Her most recent book Documenting the Impossible Realities: Ethnography, Memory, and the As If, coauthored with Barbara Yngvesson, was published by Cornell University Press in 2023. She recently completed NSF-funded research regarding how the production, retrieval, and circulation of records and files figures in immigrants’ efforts to secure legal status in the United States. In collaboration with Sameer Ashar, Jennifer Chacón, and Stephen Lee, she is completing a book project based on research entitled, “Navigating Liminal Legalities along Pathways to Citizenship: Immigrant Vulnerability and the Role of Mediating Institutions.” Their co-authored book Legal Phantoms: Executive Relief and the Haunting Failures of U.S. Immigration Policy is forthcoming from Stanford University Press. With Walter Nicholls, she is currently carrying out an NSF-funded project entitled, “Immigration Dimensions of Local Governance: Municipalities, Neighborhoods, and Citizenship.”