Jonathan Xavier Inda is Professor and Chair of Latina/Latino Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. His research areas include the politics of undocumented immigration, governmentality and life politics, the critical study of race and medicine, cultures of globalization, and Latino populations in the United States. Among his publications are Racial Prescriptions: Pharmaceuticals, Difference, and the Politics of Life (2014), Targeting Immigrants: Government, Technology, and Ethics (2006), and the co-edited volume (with Julie A. Dowling) Governing Immigration Through Crime (2013). Prof. Inda is currently part of a three-year, collaborative project (with Suvendrini Perera, Joseph Pugliese, Sherene Razack, and Marianne Franklin) titled “Deathscapes: Mapping Race and Violence in Settler States.” This project seeks to develop new ways to understand, teach about, and respond to racial violence in the settler states of Australia, Canada, and the United States. Specifically, we are interested in documenting and analyzing the deaths of indigenous populations and migrants in sites of state responsibility: borders, police custody, prisons, detention centers, and so forth. We want to examine how such deaths occur, and to elucidate how legal and social accountability for them is understood and assigned or disowned.


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