— M.A, The University of Texas at Austin
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Katherine Jensen is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin and a Fulbright Awardee. She is also a Graduate Fellow and Coordinator of the Urban Ethnography Lab, directed by Professor Javier Auyero, a collaborative academic space which bolsters training in the ethnographic method.
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), forthcoming early Summer 2015. Invisible in Austin examines the lives of those living on “the other side” of the booming city of Austin. It takes an in-depth look at the ways in which individual lives (of an undocumented worker, a homeless woman, a cab driver, a domestic worker, an activist, etc.) intersect with larger social forces. The book is the product of the collective work of graduate students under the supervision of Professor Javier Auyero. For more information, see the website.
Learn more about her work here.
SOC S307L • Gender/Race/Class Amer Soc
MTWTHF 1130am-100pm CLA 0.104
(also listed as
WGS S301 )