Borderlands Webinars

This semester, the Borderlands Institute is hosting a webinar series “Responsibility and Immigration–Briefs” that is designed to addresses pressing issues of the day—including racism and xenophobia, child migration, gender and sexuality, and climate-driven migration along the U.S./Mexico borderlands.

The Webinars are free, and registration is required. A suggested reading chosen by the presenters will be available prior to each presentation to provide added background on the respective topic.

Children Criss-Crossing Borders in the Americas

Irasema Coronado

Director & Professor, School of Transborder Studies, Arizona State University

October 7, 2021 (11:00-12:00pm CDT)

Irasema Coronado received her bachelor’s degree in political science and a certificate of Latin American Studies from the University of South Florida. She has an M.A. in Latin American Studies and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Arizona. Her area of specialization is comparative politics. She is the Director of the School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University. She is co-author of the book titled Fronteras No Mas: Toward Social Justice at the U.S.-Mexico Border and Latinas in Local Government, Políticas: Latina Public Officials in Texas. Hispanic Business Magazine named her one of the Top 100 Influential Hispanics in the United States in October of 2010. She serves on the MS Magazine academic advisory board and is co-chair of the Coalition Against Violence Toward Women and Families on the US-Mexico border. Her present research includes the impact of the deportation process on families and children, women in politics, environmental cooperation, and U.S.-Mexico border politics.

Future Webinars

Genders, Sexualities, and Migrations: Current Debates and Possible Futures
Eithne Luibhéid
Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Arizona
October 21, 2021 (11:00-12:00pm CDT)


Eithne Luibhéid is Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona (UA) and the former Director of UA’s Institute for LGBT Studies. Her research focuses on the connections among queer lives, racialization processes, state immigration controls, and justice struggles. She is the author of Pregnant on Arrival: Making the ‘Illegal’ Immigrant (University of Minnesota Press 2013) and Entry Denied: Controlling Sexuality at the Border (University of Minnesota Press 2002); the editor of Lives that Resist Telling: Migrant and Refugee Lesbians (Routledge 2021); and the co-editor, with Karma Chávez, of Queer and Trans Migrations: Dynamics of Illegalization, Detention and Deportation (University of Illinois Press 2020), and, with Lionel Cantú Jr., of Queer Migrations (University of Minnesota Press 2005), among other works. She serves on the board of BorderLinks, which, through education, connects divided communities, raises awareness about the impact of border and immigration policies, and inspires action for social transformation.

Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Displacement, and Borders

Todd Miller

Independent Journalist

November 11, 2021 (11:00-12:00pm CST)


Todd Miller has researched and written about border issues for more than 15 years, the last eight as an independent journalist and writer. He resides in Tucson, Arizona, but also has spent many years living and working in Oaxaca, Mexico. His work has appeared in the New York Times, TomDispatch, The Nation, San Francisco Chronicle, In These Times, Guernica, and Al Jazeera English, among other places.

Miller has authored four books: Build Bridges, Not Walls: A Journey to a World Without Borders (City Lights, 2021)  Empire of Borders: The Expansion of the U.S. Border Around the World (Verso, 2019),  Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security (City Lights, 2017), and Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Homeland Security (City Lights, 2014).

Justice as Responsibility: Migration, History, and Ethics

Tisha M. Rajendra

Associate Professor Department of Theology, Loyola University Chicago

December 2, 2021 (11:00-12:00pm CST) 

Tisha M. Rajendra is Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Loyola University Chicago. She is the author of Migrants and Citizens: Justice as Responsibility in the Ethics of Immigration (Eerdmans, 2017) and has published in the Journal for the Society of Christian EthicsEthical Theory and Moral Practice and Political Theology. Her research areas include the ethics of migration, solidarity, virtue ethics, and philosophical and theological theories of justice. She is currently working on her second book, a volume on solidarity as practiced by fragmented selves in contexts of injustice.

Previous Webinars

Race, Migration, and Xenophobia
Natsu Taylor Saito
Regents Professor, Georgia State University College of Law

Natsu Taylor Saito is a Regents Professor and Professor of Law at Georgia State University’s College of Law in Atlanta, Georgia, where she has taught courses on international law, human rights, immigration, race, and Indigenous rights since 1994. She is currently a faculty affiliate of the Center for Access to Justice as well as the Department of African American Studies.

Professor Saito’s scholarship focuses on settler colonialism and the legal history of race in the United States; American exceptionalism and international law; the plenary power doctrine as applied to immigrants, American Indians and U.S. territorial possessions; and the human rights implications of U.S. governmental policies, particularly with regard to the suppression of political dissent.  The author of three books and about fifty articles or book chapters, her latest book is Settler Colonialism, Race, and the Law: Why Structural Racism Persists (NYU Press, 2020).  


The Borderlands Institute is funded by the Henry Luce Foundation for Theology.