top of page
Nicholas De Genova.jpeg

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.

Chicago, 2020


Articles / Chapters / Interviews:



“‘Look, an Illegal Alien!: The Rhetorics of Migrant ‘Illegality and the Racialization of Mexicanness”

Quarterly Journal of Speech   Volume 109, Number 1 (Published online:  2 Feb 2023)

Special Book Review forum on: 

Lisa A. Flores, Deportable and Disposable: Public Rhetoric and the Making of the “Illegal” Immigrant

Viral Borders: Migration, Deceleration, and the Re-Bordering of Mobility during the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Communication, Culture and Critique  Volume 15, Number 2  (published online:  4 April 2022)

Special thematic issue: “Digital Migration Practices and the Everyday”


Las caravanas migrantes: Una fuerza y forma de resistencia innegable:

Conversación con el periodista honidureño Inmer Gerardo Chevez”

(In Spanish:  Migrant Caravans: An Undeniable Force and Form of Resistance:

A Conversation with Honduran Journalist Inmer Gerardo Chevez)

(interview conducted and co-authored with Soledad Álvarez Velasco)

Desacatos: Revista de Ciencias Sociales #70  (Published online: 5 October 2022)  (Mexico City)

“Ukraynali Mülteciler ve ‘Avrupa’nin Sınırlari 

[In Turkish: “Ukrainian Refugees and the Borders of ‘Europe’”]

Perspektif   Yil 28, Sayi 311 (Köln, Germany; 5 May 2022)

Dosya: “Makbul Mültecinin Peşinde” [Dossier:  “In Search of the Appropriate Refugee”]

“The Vicious Circle:  Policing and the Culture of White Male Violence”

Spectre  (published online: April 13, 2021) 

“Minor Keywords of Political Theory:  Migration as a Critical Standpoint”

A collective writing project involving 22 co-authors; coordinated, co-edited, and introduced by Nicholas De Genova and Martina Tazzioli

Environment & Planning C: Politics and Space  Volume 40, Number 4 (first published online: March 10, 2021)

Anonymous Brown Bodies:  The Productive Power of the Deadly U.S.-Mexico Border”

From the European South  Number 9  (published online: 5 November 2021)

Special Focus thematic section:  “Borders, Race, and Global Mediascapes: Deconstructing Violence in Politics and Representations”

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

Cultural Dynamics Volume 33, Number 3  (published online: May 4, 2021)

Special thematic issue: “Post-Covid: Transforming Market Economies”

Podcast:  Sarah Parker Remond Centre for the Study of Racism and Racialisation

Luke de Noronha in conversation with Nicholas De Genova  (recorded 8 February 2021; posted online:  10 March 2021)

Sarah Parker Remond Centre for the Study of Racism and Racialisation,  Institute of Advanced Studies, University College London

Transcript available


“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  Volume 38, Number 5  (published online: May 22, 2020)

“Migration and the Question of New Political Possibilities:  Nicholas De Genova and Sandro Mezzadra — In Dialogue”

PARISS: Political Anthropological Research on International Social Sciences  Volume 1, Number 2  (December 2020)

Postcolonial Borderwork, Migrant Illegality, and the Politics of Incorrigibility

Interview with Nicholas De Genova conducted by Fiorenza Picozza & Guillermo Castillo

Latin American Information Agency (ALAI) (December 15, 2020)

               * In Spanish:  Rebelió / Desinformé / Agencia Latinoamericana de Información  (ALAI) (December 23, 2020) AlterInfos América Latina (3 March 2021)

“‘Doin’ Hard Time on Planet Earth’:  Migrant Detainability, Disciplinary Power, and the Disposability of Life”

 in Christine M. Jacobsen, Marry-Anne Karlsen, and Shahram Khosravi (eds.),

Waiting and the Temporalities of Irregular Migration (London & New York: Routledge, 2021)



 in Catherine Ramírez, Sylvanna Falcón, Juan Poblete, Steve McKay, and Felicity Amaya Schaeffer (eds.),

Precarity and Belonging: Labor, Migration, and Noncitizenship (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2021)

On Standby … at the Borders of ‘Europe’”

ephemera: theory & politics in organization  Volume 21, Number 1  (February 2021; published online:  September 4, 2020)

Special thematic issue:  “Standby: Organizing modes of in|activity”


in Beverley Skeggs, Sara R. Farris, Alberto Toscano, and Svenja Bromberg (eds.),

The SAGE Handbook of Marxism, 3 Volumes (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2021)

“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)

“Fronteras virales a través de las Américas”

(Trans)Fronteriza  [Journal of the “Fronteras: Movilidades, Identidades y Comercios” Working Group of the Latin American Council of Social Sciences/ Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales — CLACSO (Buenos Aires)], Number 3 (2020)

(special thematic issue:  “(Im)movilidades en las Américas y COVID-19”)

“The Convulsive European Space of Mobilities”

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

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

             MORE  ...

RECENT  Edited  Volume   (online)


Art and Migration

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

(with Erling Björgvinsson, Mahmoud Keshavarz & Tintin Wulia)

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

(Gothenburg, Sweden)

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] (Gothenburg, Sweden)


Europa / Crisis:  Nuevas Palabras Claves en“la Crisis” en y de “Europa”   (in Spanish)

(co-edited with Martina Tazzioli)

(Los Libros de la Catarata [Madrid, Spain], 2021)

            *  Original, in English:  “Europe / Crisis:  New Keywords of ‘the Crisis’ in and of ‘Europe’”


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)

bottom of page