Kevin A. Escudero Assistant Professor of American Studies

Kevin Escudero (PhD, UC Berkeley; MSL, Yale Law School) is Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies and affiliated faculty in the Department of Sociology and Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Brown University. Professor Escudero's research and teaching interests include immigration and refugee studies; comparative racial and ethnic studies; social movements; law and society; and critical human geography. His current book manuscript, Organizing While Undocumented (under contract with NYU Press) examines undocumented Asian, Latinx, queer and formerly undocumented activists' strategic use of an intersectional movement identity. This book draws on more than five years of ethnographic fieldwork and in-depth interviews conducted with immigrant rights activists in San Francisco, Chicago and New York City.

Professor Escudero's second book project considers the role of geography and space on undocumented immigrant and refugee community collaborative organizing. To do so, he situates this activism within the United States' legacy as a settler colonial state. He is also interested in solidarity efforts between indigenous communities and migrant activists in the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada borderlands.

As a Public Voices Fellow at the OpEd Project Professor Escudero has published pieces in Latino USA, The Hechinger Report and Truthout applying his academic research to pressing issues facing immigrant community members today. From 2016-2017, he served as Special Advisor to the Provost for Undocumented and DACA Students offering campus-wide workshops and trainings regarding approaches to supporting undocumented students. His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, UC-MEXUS Institute and the American Sociological Association. 

Brown Affiliations

Research Areas

scholarly work

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Escudero, Kevin A. 2012. “Multiracial Male Masculinity: A Critical Mixed Race Studies Analysis of Brian Ascalon Roley’s American Son.” Asian American Literature: Discourse and Pedagogies, vol. 3, pp. 80-87.

Romero, Robert C. & Escudero, Kevin A. 2012. “‘Asian-Latinos’ and the U.S. Census.” Asian American Pacific Islander Nexus Journal: Policy, Practice and Community, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 119-138.

Interdisciplinary Legal Publications

Escudero, Kevin. A. 2017. "Dual Minority Mixed Race Activists and the Cultivation of Cross-Racial/Ethnic Coalitions in the Post-Loving Era." Creighton Law Review, vol. 50: 725-735.

Escudero, Kevin A. 2013. “Organizing While Undocumented: The Law as a ‘Double Edged Sword’ in the Movement to Pass the DREAM Act.” the crit – A Critical Legal Studies Journal, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 31-52.

Encyclopedia Entry

Escudero, Kevin A. 2014. “Chinese Undocumented Migration.” In Undocumented Immigrants in the United States: An Encyclopedia of their Experience,edited by Anna Ochoa O’Leary. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Reports and Policy Briefs

García Bedolla, Lisa, Nakano Glenn, Evelyn & Escudero, Kevin A. 2013. “Innovation Grant Research Report: Working Together to Improve Campus Climate for Undocumented AB540 Students at UC Berkeley.” UC Berkeley Center for Race and Gender & Center for Latino Policy Research.

Escudero, Kevin A. 2012. “Si Se Puede!: Working to Pass the CA DREAM Act.” Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies

Valenzuela, Abel & Escudero, Kevin A. 2009. “California Dreaming: Estimates of Los Angeles DREAM Act Eligible Students.” Pat Brown Institute: State of the City Report.

funded research

Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline, American Sociological Association (with Lisa M. Martinez, Edelina Burciaga, Joanna Perez, Andrea Flores and Carolina Valdivia), 2017-2018

Gaius Charles Bolin Dissertation Fellowship, Williams College, 2013-2015

U.C. MEXUS Institute, Dissertation Research Grant, 2012-2014

National Science Foundation, Law & Social Science Program, Dissertation Improvement Grant, 2012-2013

U.C. Berkeley Dean's Normative Time Fellowship (full tuition waiver and stipend), 2012-2013

U.C. Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law, Center for the Study of Law and Society, Empirical Legal Studies Fellowship, 2011-2012