The working title for my research project is “Settler, Migrant, Traveler, Slave: Understanding how colonial-era identities shape the lives of immigrants.” This work seeks to analyze how historical policies and epistemologies influence modern identities and ways of moving. What are the roots of these post-colonial routes? How do people move within, around, underneath, and despite the violences of the post-empire? What shared history connects these distinct journeys? And, how do these processes play out within a diaspora community? I believe that thinking through these ideas is a crucial part of supporting groups in transit, both the displaced and the autonomous. My academic experience and personal background heavily influenced my approach to this project.

I was born and raised in a settler state, on the border between two former colonial empires, descending from both immigrants and stolen people. I have an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Wells College in Aurora, New York, and an M.S. in Sociology from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. My M.S. was received as part of Peace Corps’ Masters International program, and I lived and worked in Oromiya, Ethiopia from 2014-17. Each of these moves has guided me to the work I hope to do with MOVES.