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The Curriculum in Global Studies proudly welcomes Angela Stuesse to UNC Chapel Hill. Stuesse, assistant professor of Anthropology with a joint appointment in Global Studies, comes to Chapel Hill from the University of South Florida. She earned her B.A. in Anthropology and Latin American Studies from the University of Florida, her M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and her Ph.D. in Anthropology also from University of Texas at Austin. Stuesse is deeply interested in issues concerning social inequality. Her research and teaching areas of interest include: migration; neoliberal globalization; race, ethnicity, and identity; human rights: labor; methodologies of activist research, Latino and Latin America; the U.S. South and Southwest; and Equatorial Guinea.

Stuesse has done fieldwork in Guatemala, Mexico, Equatorial Guinea, the southern United States, and the U.S.-Mexico border. She was awarded the Anthropology of Work’s 2016 Book Prize for her book, Scratching Out a Living: Latinos, Race, and Work in the Deep South, as well as the 2017 CLR James Award for Published Book for Academic or General Audiences by the Working Class Studies Association. In her book, Stuesse analyzes the impacts that recent waves of Latino migration into Mississippi’s poultry industry have had on local communities, industrial relations, regional identities, racial hierarchies, and the possibilities for worker organizing.

In another project, Stuesse studies the genesis, logics, and mechanics of shifting post-9/11 policies of immigration enforcement. She recently co-authored the article, “The ‘Disappearing State’ and the Quasi-Event of Immigration Control,” exploring the methodological challenges of studying immigrant policing in the U.S. South.

Stuesse has also conducted research on undocumented young people’s (DREAMer) access to higher education amid a patchwork of state-level laws and policies. At the University of South Florida she helped to develop and implement an UndocuAlly program to support undocumented students on campus. Now in North Carolina, she looks forward to learning more about DREAMers on the UNC campus and in our state, and to helping ensure they have equal access to educational opportunity.

Stuesse is eager to work with students in Global Studies and across the campus who have an interest in migration, social inequality, and justice, in the U.S., Latin America, and beyond. We are honored and grateful to have Professor Angela Stuesse join the Curriculum in Global Studies!