Nicholas De Genova  is a scholar of migration, borders, race, citizenship, and labor.  


He holds an appointment as Professor and Chair of the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Houston.  He previously held teaching appointments in urban and political geography at King's College London, and in sociocultural anthropology at Stanford, Columbia, and Goldsmiths, University of London, as well as visiting professorships or research positions at the Universities of Warwick, Bern, and Amsterdam.


He received his Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology from the University of Chicago.

London, 2016  (A. De Genova-Rodriguez)


Articles / Chapters / Interviews:

“American Carnage:  Police Racism, Riots, and Racial Justice”

Spectre  (published online:  June 15, 2020)

“‘Everything Is Permitted’:  Trump, White Supremacy, Fascism”

American Anthropologist  Volume 122, Number 1 (published online: March 23, 2020)

Commentary, online supplement to Special Section on “The Anthropology of White Supremacy”

“Kidnapping Migrants as a Tactic of Border Enforcement”

(co-authored with Martina Tazzioli)

Environment & Planning D: Society and Space (published online: May 22, 2020)

“Life versus Capital:  The COVID-19 Pandemic and the Politics of Life”

Spectre  (published online:  June 1, 2020)

On Standby … at the Borders of ‘Europe’”

ephemera: theory & politics in organization

(special thematic issue:  “Standby” [2021];  published online:  September 4, 2020)

“The Convulsive European Space of Mobilities”

PARISS: Political Anthropological Research on International Social Sciences  Volume 1, Number 1 (2020)

“Practices of Illegalization”

(co-authored with Ananya Roy)

Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography  Volume 52, Number 2

Solicited for special thematic issue: “New Poverty Politics for Changing Times” (published online: 24 January 2020)

“Conversation on Global Capitalism, Borders, and Migration”

Interview with Nicholas De Genova conducted by Olivia Maury and Daria Krivonos

Kontur  Number 7 (Helsinki, Finland)

Special thematic issue: “Borders & Capitalism”

“Migration and the Mobility of Labor”

in Matt Vidal, Tony Smith, Tomás Rotta, and Paul Prew (eds.), 

The Oxford Handbook of Karl Marx (New York and London: Oxford University Press) 

(published online 17 December 2018;  DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190695545.013.25)

“Latino Studies, Latino/a/X Futures: Provocations toward a Prospectus”

Cultural Dynamics  Volume 31, Numbers 1–2 (February-May 2019)

(special thematic issue: “LatinX Studies: Variations and Velocities”)

“The Deportation Power”

Radical Philosophy  Volume 2, Number 3 (December 2018)

Solicited for special thematic forum:  “Dossier: Economies and Times of Deportation”

with contributions by Nicholas De Genova, Shahram Khosravi, Clara Lecadet, and William Walters

               * In Portuguese:  REMHU - Revista Interdisciplinar da Mobilidade Humana (Brasília, 2020) 

“Autonomy of Asylum?  The Autonomy of Migration Undoing the Refugee Crisis Script”

(co-authored with Glenda Garelli and Martina Tazzioli)

Introduction to Special Thematic Issue on "Rethinking Migration and Autonomy from within the ‘Crises’

SAQ: South Atlantic Quarterly  Volume 117, Number 2  (April 2018)

“Rebordering ‘the People’: Notes on Theorizing Populism”

SAQ: South Atlantic Quarterly  Volume 117, Number 2  (April 2018)

(special thematic issue: “Rethinking Migration and Autonomy from within the ‘Crises’”)

              * In Spanish:  Theorein: Revista de Ciencias Sociales (Quito, Ecuador; 2019)

“Mediterranean Struggles for Movement and the European Government of Bodies:

An Interview with Étienne Balibar and Nicholas De Genova”

(Interview conducted by Glenda Garelli, Alessandra Sciurba, and Martina Tazzioli)

Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography  Volume 50, Number 3  (June 2018)

(special thematic issue: “Mediterranean Movements: Mobility Struggles and the Humanitarian Frontier”)

Migration, Activist Research, and the Politics of Location:  An Interview with Nicholas De Genova

Interview conducted in Istanbul by Cemile Gizem Dinçer and Eda Sevinin (in two parts)

Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology (Part One: 12 November 2018 / Part Two: 14 November 2018)

           * In Turkish:  BirArtıBir / 1+1 Forum (27 and 30 March 2019; in two parts)

“The ‘Migrant Crisis’ as Racial Crisis:  Do Black Lives Matter in Europe?”

Ethnic and Racial Studies  Volume 41, Number 10 (August 2018)

(special thematic issue on "Race and Crisis");  DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2017.1361543

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NEW  Edited  Volume   (online)

Art and Migration

Guest Co-Editor, and co-author of  Editorial Introduction

PARSE: Platform for Artistic Research Sweden  Issue #10 [Spring 2020] 

(University of Gothenburg)

A Dialogue on Absence

 (Aleksander Motturi, Kitso Lelliott, Martina Tazzioli and William Walters, with questions from Erling Björgvinsson and Nicholas De Genova)

PARSE: Platform for Artistic Research Sweden   Issue #10 [Spring 2020] (University of Gothenburg)

Recent  Books

Roma Migrants in the European Union:  Un/Free Mobility

co-edited with Can Yildiz

(originally published as a special issue of the journal Social Identities)

(Routledge, 2019)


The Borders of 'Europe' and the European Question

Introduction to Nicholas De Genova's book 

The Borders of "Europe":  Autonomy of Migration, Tactics of Bordering

(Duke University Press,  2017)

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