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Featured Spotlight Interview

Drew Johnson
Spanish, PhD Candidate
Border Studies, Carceral Studies, Critical Legal Studies

What does diversity mean to you? 

To me, diversity is about listening to and empowering the voices of those whose tongues are often bound by structures of domination. In the university, we can create the intellectual and affective space to question and challenge the “comfort zone” or status quo that gives cover to injustice and oppression.

How does your work engage with diversity topics and what motivates you to do so?

My research asks questions about the history of immigration and detention policy in the Americas, to try and understand how these laws and their enforcement determine who is deemed to count as human in the present. My scholarly research is informed by on-the-ground experience working on pro bono legal projects that serve detained asylum seekers. I am committed to an expansive view of publicly active scholarship, whereby knowledge production is a living and democratized project.