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Timothy Dunn: Border Militarization, Immigration, and Human Rights

Date:  Thursday, October 18, 2012

Presenter:   Timothy Dunn, Ph.D. Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, is a Professor of Sociology at the Fulton School of Liberal Arts, Salisbury University. He is the author of two books on immigration, militarization of the border and human rights: Blockading the Border and Human Rights: The El Paso Operation that Remade Immigration Enforcement and The Militarization of the U.S.-Mexico Border, 1978-1992: Low Intensity Conflict Doctrine Comes Home. One area of research focus is on the Latino immigration story in the Maryland area and the intersection between citizenship rights and human rights, the results of which help to better inform area libraries and other social service providers about this rapidly growing population. The author of numerous professional articles and anthology chapters, Dr. Dunn's most recent work was presented at American Sociological Association (ASA) meeting in August 2012 on "Emerging Theories of Human Rights in Sociology: Human Agency, Social Structure, and Bureaucracy." As a faculty member at SU he has the opportunity to pursue his main interests, teaching and interacting with students. As a strong proponent of service- and experiential-learning, Dr. Dunn hopes to aid the establishment of study-abroad/international exchange programs between SU and universities in Mexico. He is also engaged in community service work related to recent Latino immigration to this area. In general, he strives to build cross-disciplinary bridges with students and faculty around issues of mutual interest, such as Latin American Studies, Border Studies, Human Rights and International Migration.

Description:  This podcast represents the keynote speech of the LAII's conference on Borderline Slavery: Contemporary Issues in Border Security and the Human Trade." In this keynote speech, Professor Dunn provides an overview of border immigration enforcement on the U.S.-Mexico border (mainly on the US side) over the past 15 years, his Border Militarization framework for interpreting it (whereby military act more like police and vice versa), and immigration trends in recent years (particularly from Mexico). Finally, he discusses the human rights implications of all of this, drawing on key concepts from the Sociology of Human Rights and briefly contrasting that with a Citizenship/National Sovereignty perspective.

For reference, please see the conference webpage.