Tina Shull

Assistant Professor of History at UNC Charlotte


2016 Soros Justice Fellow

National Geographic Explorer

Climate Reality Leader


• Post-1960 US & World History

• Race, Empire, Immigration

• Abolition and Carceral Studies

• Climate Migration

Public and Digital Humanities

Tina Shull (she/her) is a public historian of race, empire, immigration enforcement, and climate migration in the modern US and the World.

She holds a PhD in History from UC Irvine, a Master’s in Humanities and Social Thought from NYU, and a BA in History from UCLA. Her forthcoming book from UNC Press, Detention Empire, explores the rise of migrant detention in the early 1980s as a form counter-insurgency.

Shull is the creator of IMM Print and Climate Refugee Stories. In 2018-20, Shull was a post-doctoral fellow in Global American Studies at Harvard University where she taught in the Ethnicity, Migration, and Rights unit. She was awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship from the Open Society Foundations in 2016 for her work in immigration detention storytelling. Climate Refugee Stories has been awarded a National Geographic Documenting Human Migrations education grant in 2019, and a NC Humanities large grant in 2021.

Climate Refugee Stories

#ImmigrationDetentionSyllabus

#ClimateMigrationSyllabus

Digital History

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Exposed: The Injustice of Immigration Detention


Building Unity in the Mass Incarceration Crisis: Centering Black Migrant Experiences in the Fight for Abolition