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.