Angela Stuesse, 2019–2020

#FreeDany: Dreaming and Detention in Dixie

Delta Delta Delta Fellowship; NEH Fellowship, 2019-20

Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Angela Stuesse

Angela Stuesse

Angela Stuesse is associate professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. For twenty years she has been conducting activist ethnographic research on social inequality in the U.S. South. Her research and teaching interests include capitalism, migration, racism, labor, human rights, and methodologies of activist research.

Stuesse’s first book, Scratching Out a Living: Latinos, Race, and Work in the Deep South (University of California Press 2016), based on six years of activist research engagement with poultry workers and their allies, explores how new Latino migration into Mississippi’s poultry industry has impacted communities and prospects for worker organizing. Her more recent work investigates the intensification of immigrant policing, detention, and deportation and the experiences of undocumented young people in higher education. A founding collaborator of UndocuCarolina, Stuesse’s current book project explores, through the experiences of one young person and her family, how the lives of undocumented youth in the twenty-first century U.S. have been indelibly shaped by the country’s discourses and policies on immigration.

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Selected Publications

Scratching Out a Living

  • Stuesse, Angela. “When They’re Done with You: Legal Violence and Structural Vulnerability among Injured Immigrant Poultry Workers.” Anthropology of Work Review 39, no. 2 (2018): 79–93.
  • Saxon, Dvera, and Angela Stuesse. “Workers’ Decompensation: Engaged Research with Injured Im/migrant Workers.” Anthropology of Work Review 39, no. 2 (2018): 65–78.
  • Stuesse, Angela. Scratching Out a Living: Latinos, Race, and Work in the Deep South. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2016.
  • Coleman, Mathew, and Angela Stuesse. “The ‘Disappearing State’ and the Quasi-Event of Immigration Control.” Antipode 48, no. 3 (2016): 524–43.
  • Stuesse, Angela, and Mathew Coleman. “Automobility, Immobility, Altermobility: Surviving and Resisting the Intensification of Immigrant Policing.” City & Society 26, no. 1 (2014): 51–72.

Undocumented Activism and Minor Politics: Inside the Cramped Political Spaces of Deportation Defense Campaigns