Book Launch: Kevin Escudero, “Organizing While Undocumented: Immigrant Youth’s Political Activism under the Law”

, Petteruti Lounge, Room 201
Featuring the author

Kevin Escudero, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies, Brown University

With commentary from
  • José Itzigsohn, Professor of Sociology, Brown University
  • Roberto Gonzales, Professor of Education, Harvard University Graduate School of Education and Director of the Immigration Initiative at Harvard
  • Leisy Abrego, Professor in Chicana/o Studies, UCLA
  • Alicia Schmidt Camacho, Chair of Ethnicity, Race, and Migration, and Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration, Yale University
About the book

Undocumented immigrants in the United States who engage in social activism do so at great risk: the threat of deportation. In Organizing While Undocumented, Kevin Escudero shows why and how—despite this risk—many of them bravely continue to fight on the front lines for their rights.

Drawing on more than five years of research, including interviews with undocumented youth organizers, Escudero focuses on the movement’s epicenters—San Francisco, Chicago, and New York City—to explain the impressive political success of the undocumented immigrant community. He shows how their identities as undocumented immigrants, but also as queer individuals, people of color, and women, connect their efforts to broader social justice struggles today.

Free and open to the public. Book sale, book signing, and reception to follow.

Presented by the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA) and the Department of American Studies.