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Christine Wheatley

M.A., Colorado State University

PhD Candidate
Christine Wheatley



Christine Wheatley is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology and a Graduate Fellow in the Urban Ethnography Lab at the University of Texas at Austin.  Her research concerns state-migrant relations, immigration law, citizenship, race and ethnicity, and new patterns of return migration.  Her dissertation examines deportation processes in the United States and how current U.S. immigration law and enforcement practices impact deported migrants and other returning migrants in Mexico.  For this study, she conducted binational ethnographic fieldwork, including participant observation and in-depth interviews, for 20 months between 2010 and 2014 at two immigrant detention centers and an immigration court during deportation hearings in central Texas and in multiple hometowns of returning migrants in Jalisco and Oaxaca, Mexico. 

Her recent publications include:

Christine Wheatley and Néstor P. Rodríguez.  2014.  “With the Stroke of a Bureaucrat’s Pen: U.S. State ‘Reforms’ to Manage its Undocumented Migrant Population, 1920-2013.”  Pp. 157-178 in Hidden Lives and Human Rights in the United States: Understanding the Controversies and Tragedies of Undocumented Immigration, Volume 1: History, Theories, and Legislation, edited by Lois A. Lorentzen.  Westport, CT: Praeger Press

Christine Wheatley.  2011.  “Push Back: U.S. Deportation Policy and the Reincorporation of Involuntary Return Migrants in Mexico.”  The Latin Americanist 55(4): 35-60.  [Special Issue: Latin American Migration] 


Political Sociology, Migration, Law, Race/Ethnicity, Gender/Sexuality, Labor
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