Kevin Escudero

Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies
Kevin Escudero

Kevin Escudero joined the Brown University faculty in 2017 and the PSTC in 2018. His research and teaching interests include immigration and refugee studies; comparative racial and ethnic studies; social movements; law and society; and critical human geography. His current book manuscript, Organizing While Undocumented (under contract with NYU Press), examines undocumented Asian, Latinx, queer, and formerly undocumented activists' strategic use of an intersectional movement identity. This book draws on more than five years of ethnographic fieldwork and in-depth interviews conducted with immigrant rights activists in San Francisco, Chicago, and New York City.

Escudero's second book project considers the role of geography and space on undocumented immigrant and refugee community collaborative organizing. To do so, he situates this activism within the United States' legacy as a settler colonial state. He is also interested in solidarity efforts between indigenous communities and migrant activists in the U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada borderlands.

As a Public Voices Fellow at the OpEd Project, Escudero has published pieces in Latino USA, The Hechinger Report, and Truthout applying his academic research to pressing issues facing immigrant community members today. From 2016-2017, he served as Special Advisor to the Provost for Undocumented and DACA Students offering campus-wide workshops and trainings regarding approaches to supporting undocumented students. His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, UC-MEXUS Institute, and the American Sociological Association. 

Selected Publications

Escudero, Kevin A. 2012. “Multiracial Male Masculinity: A Critical Mixed Race Studies Analysis of Brian Ascalon Roley’s American Son.” Asian American Literature: Discourse and Pedagogies, vol. 3, pp. 80-87.

Romero, Robert C. and Escudero, Kevin A. 2012. “‘Asian-Latinos’ and the U.S. Census.” Asian American Pacific Islander Nexus Journal: Policy, Practice and Community, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 119-138.

Escudero, Kevin. A. 2017. "Dual Minority Mixed Race Activists and the Cultivation of Cross-Racial/Ethnic Coalitions in the Post-Loving Era." Creighton Law Review, vol. 50: 725-735.

Escudero, Kevin A. 2013. “Organizing While Undocumented: The Law as a ‘Double Edged Sword’ in the Movement to Pass the DREAM Act.” the crit – A Critical Legal Studies Journal, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 31-52.

Scholarly Interests

Community engagement, Comparative ethnic studies, Critical refugee studies, Immigration and citizenship, Social movements

Affiliated Departments

Department of Sociology