“Mass Incarceration in the Black and Latinx Community,” Harvard University, April 9, 2019.
“Who are ‘Climate Refugees?’: Climate Change, Migration, and Borders,” Open Borders Conference, The New School, New York, NY, October 19, 2019.
“Immigration: Current Issues in Immigration Detention,” Martin Luther King, Jr. Teach-In and Training: Progressing Towards Justice in Turbulent Times, UC Irvine School of Law, January 12, 2019.
“Legacies of Reagan’s Cold War on Immigrants: Resistance and the Rise of a Detention Regime,” Fall 2018 Cold War Seminar Series, The Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University, November 29, 2018.
"Narratives of Resistance: Combating Intergenerational Violence, the Stigma of Criminalization, and the Prison Industrial Complex,” Colloquium, UC Irvine, November 2018.
“Invisible Bodies: Immigration Crisis and Private Prisons Since the Reagan Era,” Global American Studies Presentations at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Harvard University, September 28, 2018.
“Climate Refugee Stories: Building the Road to Resilience,” Project Launch Event, UC Irvine Community Resilience Projects, May 31, 2018.
“‘Climate Refugee Stories: Historical Approaches to Climate Change,” UC Irvine Department of Earth System Science, February 2, 2018.
“U.S. Immigration Detention: History and the Power of Storytelling,” Soka University, January 12, 2018.
“America’s Detention Crisis: History and the Power of Storytelling,” UC Irvine, May 9, 2017.
“Immigration Detention: Sanctuary and the Power of Storytelling,” Religion and Public Life
Inaugural Lecture. Institute for Religion, Education, and Public Policy. California State University Bakersfield, March 30, 2017.
“'You Should Have the Body': Readings on Jennings v. Rodriguez,” Panel Discussion, SCOTUS Theater, San Francisco, December 16, 2017.
“Humanizando la Deportación/Humanizing Deportation,” Project Launch Event, UC Davis, November 14, 2017.
“Dignity Not Detention,” Press Conference hosted by California State Senator Ricardo Lara, April 1, 2016.
“Immigration Detention: Sanctuary and the Power of Storytelling,” Religion and Public Life Inaugural Lecture, Institute for Religion, Education, and Public Policy, Cal State University Bakersfield, March 30, 2017.
“The Power of Storytelling: Integrating Digital Storytelling in Teaching and Research” Faculty Panel “From Theory to Practice,” California State University at Long Beach, March 22, 2017.
“America’s Detention Crisis: History and the Power of Storytelling,” California State University at Los Angeles, March 3, 2017.
“The Ban at Home,” Faculty Panel Discussion, UC Irvine School of Humanities, February 22, 2017.
“Challenging Immigration Detention: History and the Power of Storytelling,” UC Davis Department of Sociology, February 2, 2017.
“The World of Academic Publishing” and “A Historical Look at US Foreign Relations,” Lamar Community College, Colorado, January 3, 2017.
“Challenging Immigration Detention: History and the Power of Storytelling,” Center for Peace, Justice, and Reconciliation, Bergen Community College, November 14, 2016.
“Challenging Immigration Detention: The Power of Storytelling,” El Camino del Inmigrante, Seal Beach United Methodist Church, August 27, 2016.
“Teaching Immigration: Migration, Citizenship, and Identity in Postwar America.” Teaching American History Institute, Orange County Department of Education ACCESS, Santa Ana, December 4, 2013 and Saddleback Valley School District, Mission Viejo, CA, August 30, 2013.
Workshops and Conference Papers
“OTGNC Stories from Immigration Detention and Abolitionist Imaginaries, 1980-Present,” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Honolulu, HI, November 7, 2019.
“Crises and Caravans: Resisting Reagan’s Cold War on Refugees,” Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual Meeting, Arlington, VA, June 22, 2019.
“Reagan’s Cold War on Immigrants: Resistance and the Rise of a Detention Regime,” Emerging Immigration Scholars Conference, UCLA, February 16, 2019.
“Climate Refugee Stories: Environmental Justice Detained,” A Critical Refugee Studies Conference on Time and Space, UCLA, April 2018.
“Storytelling to Abolish Immigration Detention from the Inside-Out,”Queering Immigration Conference, New York City, September 2017.
“Activist Engagement: Historians Strike Back,” Roundtable. Western Association of WomenHistorians Conference, San Diego, April 2017.
“Legacies of Reagan’s Cold War on Immigrants: Immigration Detention and the Power of Storytelling,” A Critical Refugee Studies Conference on Militarism and Migration Conference, UC San Diego, April 2017.
“Making the Connections: Public Interpretations of Incarceration,” Annual Meeting of the
National Council on Public History, Indianapolis, IN, April 2017.
“Doing History is Climate Action? Collaborating with Non-Profits on Storytelling and Public Education Projects,” UC-CSU Knowledge Action Network for Transformative Climate and Sustainability Education and Action, Nearly Carbon-Neutral Conference, Spring 2017.
“Immigration Detention Storytelling” and “Academia and Activism” Workshops, Soros Justice Fellows Conference, Open Society Foundations, Phoenix, AZ, July 2016.
“Compassion Fatigue: The Reagan Administration’s Rejection of Mariel Cuban, Haitian, and
Salvadoran Refugees.” Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, June 2016.
“Amplifying Voices from Detention: Digital Tools, Online Strategy and Reporter Outreach,”
Workshop, Detention Watch Network Annual Conference, Baltimore, April 2016.
“Active Resistance: Reagan’s New Security State and the New Underground Railroad.”
American Studies Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, ON, October 2015.
“‘A Recession-Proof Industry’: Reagan’s Immigration Crisis and the Birth of the Neoliberal
Security State.” Blurring the Border: Deporting Denizens in the 21st Century Conference. University of California at Merced, April 2015.
“‘The Emergency Nature of the Problem’: Ronald Reagan’s Latin American Immigration Crisis and the Birth of America’s Private Prison Industry.” Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, April 2014.
“The Man with the Badge Holds it Back”: Ronald Reagan’s Immigration Crisis and Contingency Planning Along the US-Mexico Border,” Innovation in Borderland Regions Conference, UC Santa Barbara, April 2014.
“‘Give Us Liberty, or We Will Tear the Place Apart’: Resistance and Control in Immigration Detention during the Reagan Administration.” New Directions in Cuban Studies Conference, University of Miami, March 2014.
“‘The Emergency Nature of the Problem’: Contingency Planning Along the U.S.-Mexico Border.” Social Science History Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, November 2013.
“Containing Foreign Bodies: The Detention of Mariel Cuban Refugees at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, 1980-1982.” Cuban Heritage Collection Graduate Fellows Colloquium, University of Miami, September 2011.
“‘Discouraging Hazardous Illegal Immigration to the U.S.’: The Reagan Administration’s Extension of Executive Authority through Immigrant Detention and Interdiction.” Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies Annual Meeting, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada, May 2010.
“‘Nobody Wants These People’: Reagan’s Immigration Crisis and the Detention of Mariel Cuban Refugees at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas.” Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations Annual Meeting, Washington, DC., June 2009.
“Detention and the Business of Immigration.” Workshop; “‘Nobody Wants These People’: Reagan’s Immigration Crisis and the Detention of Mariel Cuban Refugees at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas.” States of Captivity Conference, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University, February 2009.
“Tracking ICE’s Enforcement Agenda,” Webinar, Detention Watch Network, February 2008.
“Irish-America’s Role in Conflict and Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland.” The New England Region of the American Conference for Irish Studies, University of Connecticut, Storrs, October 2006.