M.A, The University of Texas at Austin
Race/Racism, the State, Immigration, Ethnography, Asylum and Refugee Studies, Latin America, African Diaspora
Katherine Jensen is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a Fulbright Fellow and a P.E.O. Scholar. She is also a Graduate Fellow and the Graduate Student Coordinator of the Urban Ethnography Lab, directed by Professor Javier Auyero, a collaborative academic space which bolsters training in the ethnographic method.
Her work has been published in such venues as City & Community, Contexts, The Huffington Post, Austin American-Statesman, The Latin Americanist, and by the University of Texas Press.
Katie's research interests lie at the intersections of race/racism, the state and immigration. Her dissertation is an ethnographic study of the asylum-screening process in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Katie is interested in how, at the ground level, the state decides who qualifies for asylum and with what consequences. She discusses this research in an invited interview in Life & Letters.
Katie's article "Black brazil never slept," on racism and violence in the 2013 Brazil protests, is published in the journal Contexts. There is a supplementary Contexts podcast. Another piece she wrote on these themes can be found on the scholarly blog Racism Review, "When the Bullets Aren't Rubber." Her Master's thesis "Framing Afrodescendants in a country 'donde no hay negros': A critical analysis of the 2010 Argentine census survey of African descent" analyzes how government, media and Afro organizational actors understood the meaning of Afrodescendant and the purposes of the census question.
She is also collaborating with Professors Harel Shapira and Ken-Hou Lin on a research project about concealed handgun permits in the US. Dr. Shapira discusses this research in the New York Times in the op-ed article "Ill-Concealed Prejudice."
She is a co-author of Invisible in Austin: Life and Labor in An American City (UT Press). Invisible in Austin examines those living and working on “the other side” of Austin. For more information, see the website.
Learn more about her work here.
SOC S307L • Gender/Race/Class Amer Soc
86883 • Summer 2015
Meets MTWTHF 1130am-100pm CLA 0.104
(also listed as WGS S301)
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