Melanie is a doctoral candidate in Modern Thought and Literature. Her most recent research collaboration analyzed the role of faith-based organizations in promoting social justice for refugees across three faiths and seven countries. She has also taught in and coordinated a Community-Based Research Program for undergraduates invested in social justice research.
Dissertation: Mexico's Asylum Regime: The Weaponization of Refuge
Her dissertation project is an ethnographic study of a global trend in the governance of mass migrations—the weaponization of asylum. She presents a case study of Mexico’s Asylum Regime as a means of exploring how state policies and mechanisms, along with humanitarian interventions, are deployed to systematize, discipline, and control the mobility of mass migrations, especially that of forcibly displaced populations.