London, 2016  (A. De Genova-Rodriguez)

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.



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)


Introduction to Nicholas De Genova's recent book 

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

(Duke University Press,  2017):

The Borders of 'Europe' and the European Question

Articles in Academic Journals:

“‘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”

“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)

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

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

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

“The Deportation Power”

in 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

“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’

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

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

in 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)

“Desire for the Political in the Aftermath of the Cold War” 

(co-authored with Dace Dzenovska)

Introduction to Special Thematic Section 

in Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology  Issue #80  (March 2018)

“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)

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

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

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

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

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

Un/Free Mobility:  Roma Migrants in the European Union

(co-authored with Can Yıldız) 

in Social Identities  Volume 24, Number 4  (2018);  DOI: 10.1080/13504630.2017.1335819

“The Incorrigible Subject:  Mobilizing a Critical Geography of (Latin) America through the Autonomy of Migration

in Journal of Latin American Geography   Volume 16, Number 1 (March 2017)

(special thematic issue: Critical Geographies in Latin America)

“The European Question:  Migration, Race, and Postcoloniality in ‘Europe’”

in Social Text  Volume 34, Number 3 (Issue #128 / November 2016)

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Articles  Online:


“Crises,” Convulsions, Concurrences:

Human Mobility, the European Geography of “Exclusion,” and the Postcolonial Dialectics of Subordinate Inclusion

in PARSE: Platform for Arts Research - Sweden  Issue 8: "Exclusion" (December 2018 - April 2019)

Contemporary Migratory Movements:  Between their Incorrigible Force, the Production of their Illegality, and the Spectacle of Border Control.  A Dialogue with Nicholas De Genova

Interview conducted by Soledad Álvarez-Velasco

 e-misférica: online journal of The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at New York University, Volume 14, Number 1

(22 December 2018;  Thematic Dossier:  “Expulsion”)

              * In Spanish:  Revista Íconos  (Journal of the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences [FLACSO], Ecuador),  Number 58  (May 2017)

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)

On Migration, Borders, and Freedoms

Nicholas De Genova interviewed by Ananya Roy (31 January 2018)

for the New Poverty Politics podcast series of the Relational Poverty Network (published online:  29 May 2018) 

Expulsion, pourvoir, mobilisation: Ce qu’expulser veut dire

Dialogue with Clara Lecadet and William Walters  (translated by Clara Lecadet)

in Vacarme #83 (Spring 2018)

Europe’s Racial Borders

in MONITOR: Global Intelligence on Racism #1 (January-February 2018)

based at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute, Florence (Italy)

The Autonomy of Deportation

in lo Squaderno #44  (June 2017) 

(Special Thematic Issue on “Deportations, Bans & Expulsions”)

              * In Spanish:  e-misférica Volume 14, Number 1 (22 December 2018)

Detention, Deportation, and Waiting:  Toward a Theory of Migrant Detainability 

Global Detention Project, Working Paper No. 18 (1 December 2016)

The Crisis of the European Border Regime:  Towards a Marxist Theory of Borders

in International Socialism: A Quarterly Review of Socialist Theory  Number 150 (April 2016)

Europe / Crisis: 

New Keywords of ‘the Crisis’ in and of ‘Europe’ 

A collective writing project involving 15 co-authors; coordinated, co-edited and introduced by Nicholas De Genova and Martina Tazzioli

Published by Near Futures Online, the online companion to the Zone Books series “Near Futures,” co-edited by Michel Feher and Wendy Brown  (Issue #1:  "Europe at a Crossroads";  1 March 2016)

Book Chapters:

“Migration and the Mobility of Labor”

Solicited for inclusion 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)

The Securitization of Roma Mobilities and the Re-Bordering of Europe”

in Huub van Baar, Ana Ivasiuc, and Regina Kreide, eds. The Securitization of the Roma in Europe

(Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)

“The Whiteness of Innocence: Charlie Hebdo and the Metaphysics of Antiterrorism in Europe”

in Gavan Titley, Des Freedman, Gholam Khiabany and Aurélien Mondon (eds.),

After Charlie Hebdo: Terror, Racism and Free Speech  (London: Zed Books, 2017)

“Deportation: The Last Word?”

Afterword, in Shahram Khosravi (ed.),  After Deportation: Ethnographic Perspectives (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)

“The Economy of Detainability:  Theorizing Migrant Detention”

in Michael J. Flynn and Matthew B. Flynn, eds. Challenging Immigration Detention — Academics, Activists, Policymakers

(Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2017)


in Deborah R. Vargas, Nancy Ráquel Mirabal, and Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes (eds.), 

Keywords for Latina/o Studies (New York: New York University Press, 2017)

“Citizenship’s Shadow: Obscene Inclusion, Abject Belonging, or, the Regularities of Migrant ‘Irregularity’”

in Roberto G. Gonzáles and Nando Sigona (eds.), Within and Beyond Citizenship: Borders, Membership, and Belonging

(New York and London: Routledge, 2017)

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