The ongoing immigration reform debate has focused internally on the United States and treated immigration as a domestic issue. The panel discussion with Dr. Nancy Powers and Dr. Inés Valdez will highlight immigration as an international issue and U.S. immigration policy’s effect on U.S.-Mexico relations.
Dr. Nancy Powers earned her B.A. at Kenyon College before going on to earn her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame. Her research has focused on the political economy of democratic consolidation and the political views of non-elites. Outside academe, Dr. Powers has worked as a legislative staff member in the Ohio House of Representatives and more recently as an advocate with faith-based organizations supporting immigrants and farm workers. She created and coordinated the Farmworker Advocacy Project for the Florida Catholic Conference (2003-2007) and coordinated the Justice for Immigrants Campaign in Ohio, on behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (2010)
Dr. Inés Valdez’s research focuses on immigration, democratic theory, and Latina/o political thought. Her dissertation, Deporting Democracy: The Politics of Immigration and Sovereignty, considers the limits that sovereignty and coercive immigration enforcement imposes on immigrants’ political action. Immigrants nonetheless struggle politically against these structures and their activism contains strong democratic potential. She earned her PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and now serves as a post-doctoral fellow in political theory at The Ohio State University.
Presenting sponsor: OSU - Center for Latin American Studies