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Christine L. Williams, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Christine Wheatley

M.A., Colorado State University

PhD Candidate
Christine Wheatley

Biography

Christine Wheatley is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology.  Her dissertation aims to further illuminate the nature of state-migrant relations by examining the U.S. state’s use of deportation as an instrument of immigration control and the social effects of deportation on Mexican national deportees.  She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork, consisting of participant observation and in-depth interviews, in hometowns of deported migrants in Jalisco and Oaxaca, Mexico since 2010.  Additionally, she has collected participant observation data during deportation hearings at the immigration court in San Antonio, Texas and at two detention centers in central Texas.  She is currently conducting fieldwork in Oaxaca, Mexico. 

Findings from her research in Jalisco were published in the December 2011 issue of The Latin Americanist for a special issue on Latin American migration.  

Interests

Political Sociology, International Migration, Race/Ethnicity, Sociology of Law, Sociology of the Body, Gender, U.S./Mexico
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