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Decolonizing Ethnography: Immigrant Rights and Social Science Research

Carolina Alonso Bejarano, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Warwick; Lucia López Juárez, Activist; Mirian A. Mijangos García, activist

April 5, 2022 · 4:30 pm6:00 pm · 219 Aaron Burr Hall

Program in Latin American Studies; Department of Anthropology

Ethnographers Carolina Alonso Bejarano, Lucia López Juárez, and Mirian A. Mijangos García discuss their recent book, Decolonizing Ethnography: Undocumented Immigrants and New Directions in Social Science

(Duke, 2019). The book describes how the research partnership between collaborators—including Bejarano, then a graduate student at Rutgers, and López and Mijangos, immigrant workers and activists with a local organization for migrant workers—led to insights about ethnographic research as a tool for activism. The authors will describe their collaborative research methods (including an original bilingual workers’ rights play), how they navigated the power dynamics of academic research, and how their individual and combined research experiences transformed their understandings of anthropology, activism, and immigrant rights.


Carolina Alonso Bejarano is Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Warwick. She is also a DJ and a cartoonist.

Lucia López Juárez is an activist who fights for equal rights for all people, a domestic worker, and a mother who cares for her home.

Mirian A. Mijangos García is a singer, songwriter, and naturopath. She is also a mother, an ethnographer, and an immigrants’ rights activist.

Moderator: Marian Thorpe, PLAS Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University

This workshop is being offered in-person for Princeton University ID holders only. A reception will immediately follow. Registration is required to attend.

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