IAS Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor Eithne Luibhéid, University of Arizona, USA

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11 - 23 March 2017

Eithne Luibhéid is Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona, USA. From 2007-2011, she was Director of the Institute for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies at UA. She holds a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and is one of the world’s leading experts on connections between sexuality, gender, and state immigration regimes. She has lectured at universities including Harvard, Berkeley, Oxford, the Open University, the University of Amsterdam, and the National University of Singapore.

 Her book, Entry Denied: Controlling Sexuality at the Border (2002), was the first book-length study to analyze how nationalist sexual norms have shaped U.S. officials’ decisions to admit or exclude migrants. The book also showed that these sexuality-based decisions contributed to racial, gender, class, and geopolitical inequalities. Entry Denied has become widely read in among ethnic, women/gender, sexuality/queer, border, and interdisciplinary studies scholars in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Luibheid’s second book, Pregnant on Arrival: Making the ‘Illegal’ Immigrant (2013), critically analyzed how being a visibly pregnant migrant woman became discursively constructed as a sign of likely undocumented status. Bringing queer/sexuality scholarship into critical dialogue with research on undocumented migration, the book analyzed how public anxieties about migrant pregnancies legitimized new laws and policing strategies that, rather than preventing undocumented migration, instead routed more migrants into undocumented status. These laws and strategies also transformed the model of the “good” migrant and the normative citizen in ways that articulated gender, sexual, racial, economic, and geopolitical inequalities.

Luibhéid edited “Queer Migrations,” a special issue of GLQ (2008); and co-edited A Global History of Sexuality (Wiley Blackwell, 2014); Queer Migrations: Sexuality, Citizenship, and Border Crossings (University of Minnesota Press, 2005); and “Representing Migrant Women in Ireland and the E.U.,” a special issue of Women’s Studies International Forum (2004).

During her stay in Bristol, Professor Luibhéid will be hosted by Dr Katharine Charsley (Sociology, Politics and International Studies) and will offer the following activities: