Associate Professor of Sociology and Latin American and Latino Studies
Patrisia Macías-Rojas focuses her research on the politics surrounding the criminalization, deportation, detention and incarceration of immigrants on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Macías-Rojas studies the effects of the “tough on crime” approaches to border controls on the everyday lives of Border Patrol agents, local law enforcement, civil and human rights advocates, and migrants and residents of predominantly Latina/o border communities. More broadly, her research examines historical, economic and political links between the immigration and criminal justice systems.
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