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Josiah Heyman

 
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Josiah Heyman
Professor, Sociology and Anthropology - Center for Inter-American and Border Studies (CIBS
Director, Center for Interamerican and Border Studies

Heyman is a 2016 Interdisciplinary Research (IDR) Fellow funded by the UTEP Office of Research and Sponsored Projects and the Office of the Provost. As an IDR Fellow, he will form a community of practice made of UTEP faculty, community advocates, non-governmental organizations, and members of the community in order to identify areas of research that have the most need, impact and visibility on border and immigration issues from the perspective of human rights, human security, and human well-being. The community activities will identify high need priorities for research and match such priorities with key UTEP researchers and external partners. This will raise the profile and impact of border studies at UTEP since it will link UTEP practitioners to border region organizations and national organizations, funders, and think-tanks.

Dr. Heyman's research interests include all things that concern borders, and the processes that shape them and pass through them. His three most recent inquiries are regulation of spatial movement generally (building on, but going beyond borders per se), participant observation of engaged/activist anthropology (and lessons thereof), and unequal territorialization and political ecology of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. Much of Dr. Heyman's work centers on the presence of and limits to state power at borders. This has connected to a specific focus on migration and mobility (especially the putative state control thereof). It has also lead to a focus on state workers, bureaucratic work processes, societal power and bureaucracies, and so forth. His border and migration work in turn has lead to an active role in public policy, focusing on alternative migration and border policies for the United States. That, in turn, has lead to a long sequence of works on values, advocacy, and social science (applied or engaged anthropology). Dr. Heyman's is also interested in border cultures and complex/dynamic analyses of them, and how such approaches contribute to culture theory generally. He has also worked for many years on anthropology of work, of working classes, household economies (including unpaid/reproductive work within capitalism), and consumption. He contributes modestly to the nascent field of political ecology, and to political economy within anthropology. Dr. Heyman is a student of, and advocate for, the legacy of Eric Wolf in anthropology, and the social sciences and history generally. For copies of any of Dr. Heyman's items, please email jmheyman@utep.edu.

KEYWORDS

  1. Anthropology
  2. Applied anthropology
  3. Border policy
  4. Borders
  5. Community Engaged Scholarship,
  6. Community engagement

UTEP STRATEGIC AREAS

  1. Global Enterprise & Border Studies
  2. National Defense & Border Security
  3. Cross-cutting: U.S. –Mexico and Latin America: Social and Behavioral Issues