& Media

Journal of American Ethnic History (Winter 2021)

Immigration Detention in the Media: Missing Migrant Voices


We Will Not Be Silenced By ICE, Truthout

Scholarly Publications

Invisible Bodies: Immigration Crisis and Private Prisons Since the Reagan Era. Under contract with University of North Carolina Press’s Justice, Power, and Politics series.

Reagan's Cold War on Immigrants: Resistance and the Rise of a Detention Regime, 1981-1985. Journal of American Ethnic History 40, no. 2 (Winter 2021): 5-51.

Somos los Abandonados: Mariel Cuban Stories from Detention and Resisting the Carceral State. Anthurium: Caribbean Studies Journal (Forthcoming Fall 2021).

QTGNC Stories from Immigration Detention and Abolitionist Imaginaries, 1980-Present, in Abolition Feminisms, Haymarket Books (Forthcoming Fall 2022).

Detention and Deportation. Co-authored with Caitlin Patler and Katie Dingeman-Cerda. In Routledge International Handbook of Migration Studies, Second Edition, edited by Stephen J. Gold and Stephanie J. Nawyn. London: Routledge, 2019.

Boats, Borders, and Bases: Race, the Cold War, and the Rise of Migration Detention in the United States, (Review), Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books, Rutgers University, September, 2019.

Private Detention Centers and Immigrants. In People of Color in the United States: Contemporary Issues in Education, Work, Communities, Health and Immigration, edited by Alvaro Huerta, Norma Iglesias-Prieto, and Donathan Brown. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO Greenwood, 2016.

A Recession-Proof Industry": Reagan’s Immigration Crisis and the Birth of the Neoliberal Security State.” Border Criminologies: Foreigners in a Carceral Age. University of Oxford and European Research Council, April 2015.

Nobody Wants These People": Reagan’s Immigration Crisis and the Containment of Foreign Bodies.” In Body/Nation: The Global Realms of U.S. Body Politics in the Twentieth Century, edited by Emily S. Rosenberg and Shanon Fitzpatrick. Chapel Hill: Duke University Press, 2014.

Heritage Foundation; Peter Brimelow; Population Control Groups; Save Our State; War on Drugs; War on Terror. In Anti-Immigration in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia, edited by Kathleen R. Arnold. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2011.

Non-Profit Reports and Educational Materials

The #ClimateMigrationSyllabus, Climate Refugee Stories, 2020.

A History of Immigration Detention, Timeline co-authored with Freedom for Immigrants, 2018.

The #ImmigrationDetentionSyllabus, IMM Print and Freedom for Immigrants, 2017.

Immigration Detention in the Media: Missing Migrant Voices and the Need for Humanistic Storytelling, Freedom for Immigrants, February 2017.

The History of Immigration Detention in the US, Detention Watch Network, January 2009.

“U.S. Citizens Harmed by U.S. Immigration Policy: A Report with Recommendations on behalf of American Families United,” Submitted to The Department of Homeland Security, Secretary Janet Napolitano, March 2009.

Authored Op-Eds

Tiny Love Stories: Never Forget, New York Times, March 12, 2019.

We Will Not Be Silenced by ICE: Writing After Deportation, Truth-Out series “After the Raid,” July 5, 2018.

Why Are We Locking Up Immigrants for Years? Newsweek, November 9, 2017.

Stand with Hunger Strikers at the Adelanto Detention Center, co-authored with Alfonso Gonzales, Latino Rebels, July 10, 2017.

OC Supervisors decision to expand detention program overlooks jail conditions, co-authored with Jan Meslin, Daily Pilot (LA Times), May 30, 2017.

Why Trump’s Agency, VOICE Should Stand for "Victims of ICE," Truth-Out, April 6, 2017.

Last chance this term for Supreme Court to stand up for immigrants in detention, co-authored with Rachel Levenson and Terry Ding, The Hill, November 28, 2016.

In Limbo, Chicago Tribune, Featured Article, sec. 2, July 2007.

Interviews and Features

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Podcast, Historytelling, April 30, 2021.

Kristina Shull: What can you do with a humanities Ph.D.? Alumni Spotlight, UC Irvine School of Humanities Office of Graduate Study, Fall 2018.

CIVIC: The End to Isolation for Immigrants in Detention, Podcast, Mobilized News, May 2017.

Ask a Leader, Podcast, KUCI Radio, March 7, 2017.

Q&A: The Missing Voices in the Immigration Debate, Open Society Foundations, February 16, 2017.

Alumna Kristina Shull (GSAS ’06) on Giving Voice to Individuals in Immigration Detention Centers, NYU Arts and Science Alumni Blog, January 24, 2017.

Annabel Adams, A human(e)ities approach to immigration detention centers: UCI History lecturer and alumna works to give voice to detained immigrants and bring transparency to the system, UC Irvine School of Humanities, September 2016.


Exposed: The Injustice of Immigration Detention, Producer and Narrator, with NYU School of Law Immigrant Rights Clinic and Freedom for Immigrants, June 2017.

For Private Prisons, Detaining Immigrants is Big Business, Consultant, Retro Report, October 2018.

Immigrant Prisons, Consultant, Brave New Films, October 2017.


Iran's Dustbowl Migration, Eon, March 7, 2020.

As Harvard Responds to Immigration Policy Changes, Faculty Want a Bigger Role, The Harvard Crimson, October 24, 2018.

Conditions Worsen for some ICE detainees at Richmond jail, San Francisco Chronicle, November 10, 2017.

Immigration Detention Syllabus, ImmigrationProf Blog, August 25, 2017.

Back into the Shadows, Fort Worth Weekly, August 9, 2017.

Visibility for immigrants in detention increasingly urgent in Trump era, Media Matters, June 19, 2017.

Soros-Linked Groups Behind California Ban on Detaining Ill** Immigrants, Breitbart, June 18, 2017.

CIVIC: The End to Isolation of Migrants in Detention, Media Democracy in Action, May 16, 2017.

The Basis of a Humane Immigration Policy is to Respect People as Human Beings, FAIR, March 1, 2017.

Study Finds Right-Wing Media Routinely Criminalize Immigrants in Coverage, Media Matters, February 28, 2017.

It’s official—Santa Ana is Orange County’s First Sanctuary City, Voice of OC, December 7, 2016

President-elect Trump presses on with border fencing and mass deportation, Think Progress, November 14, 2016.

Ghana asylum seekers stake out new lives in NYC, Huffington Post, October 21, 2016.