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About the Fellow: Eithne Luibhéid




Eithne Luibhéid is Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona (UA). She served as the Director of the Institute for LGBT Studies at UA from 2007-2011. Her research focuses on the connections among queer lives, state immigration controls, and justice struggles. She has been an invited speaker at universities including Harvard, Oxford, the Open University, the University of Amsterdam, and the National University of Singapore.

Luibhéid is the author of Pregnant on Arrival: Making the ‘Illegal’ Immigrant (University of Minnesota Press, 2013) and Entry Denied: Controlling Sexuality at the Border (University of Minnesota Press, 2002). She is the editor of “Queer Migrations,” a special issue of GLQ (2008), and the co-editor of A Global History of Sexuality (Wiley Blackwell, 2014); Queer Migrations: Sexuality, Citizenship, and Border Crossings (University of Minnesota Press, 2005); and “Representing Migrant Women in Ireland and the E.U.,” a special issue of Women’s Studies International Forum (2004).

Luibhéid’s current book manuscript, “‘Why Don’t They Just Get in Line?’ Immigration, Deportability, and Queer Intimacies,” explores how deportability is being extended and resisted through intimate ties between undocumented migrants and U.S. citizens. With Karma Chávez, she is co-editing Queer Migrations 2: Illegalization, Detention and Deportation. She is also editing a special issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies on “Lives That Resist Telling: Migrant and Refugee Lesbians.” Luibhéid participates in a research collaboration, “Managing Citizenship, Security, and Rights,” organized by Anne Marie D’Aoust at the Université de Québec in Montreal, Canada, and serves as the Social Sciences Review editor for the journal GLQ.

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