Academic Director, Border Studies Program
Geoff Boyce (PhD) is Academic Director and one of four full-time faculty in the Earlham College Border Studies Program, an off-campus liberal arts program that uses the U.S. / Mexico border region as a critical site for unpacking contemporary global realities. Dr. Boyce’s research and publications attend to the transnational dimensions of immigration and border policing, and their uneven dissemination of human vulnerability across scale.
In the Border Studies Program Geoff teaches a course titled “Movement and Movements: A Political Economy of Migration Seminar.” This seminar combines reading, discussion, and regional excursions and is intended to provide robust insight into:
- the political, economic and historical processes that drive and condition contemporary patterns of human migration
- the political and geographic structures that categorize and define distinct persons and migration practices
- the evolution of international boundaries as tools for managing the flow and status of people and things
- the connections between constructions of citizenship, national identity, racism, militarism and criminalization
- how historical and contemporary social movements that articulate with these phenomena, and
- resistance and alternatives to contemporary migration and development regimes proposed by grassroots social movements and other civil society actors in Mexico, Central America and the United States.
Geoff’s recent scholarly publication includes:
Boyce, G. and S.N. Chambers. 2021. “The Corral Apparatus: Counterinsurgency and the Architecture of Death and Deterrence along the Mexico / United States Border” Geoforum 120, 1-13.
Launius, S. and G. Boyce. 2021. “More than Metaphor: Settler Colonialism, Frontier Logic and the Continuities of Racialized Dispossession in a Southwest US City” Annals of the American Association of Geographers 111(1): 157-174
Chambers, S.N., G. Boyce, and W.J. Jacobs. 2021. “Constructing a Desert Labyrinth: The Psychological and Emotional Geographies of Deterrence Strategy on the U.S. / Mexico Border” Emotion, Space and Society 38, 100764.
Chambers, S.N., G. Boyce, S. Launius and A. Dinsmore. 2021. “Mortality, Surveillance and the Tertiary “Funnel Effect” on the U.S.-Mexico Border: A Geospatial Modelling of the Geography of Deterrence.” Journal of Borderlands Studies 36(3): 443-468
Boyce, G. 2020. “Immigration, Policing, and the Politics of Time” Geography Compass 14(8): e12496
Boyce, G. and S. Launius, 2020. “The Household Financial Losses Triggered by an Immigration Arrest, and How State and Local Government Can Most Effectively Protect Their Constituents.” Journal on Migration and Human Security 8(4): 301-317
Boyce, G., S. Launius, J. Williams and T. Miller. 2020. “Alter-Geopolitics and the Feminist Challenge to the Securitization of Climate Policy” Gender, Place and Culture 27(3): 394-411
Boyce, G. 2019. “The Neoliberal Underpinnings of ‘Prevention Through Deterrence’ and the United States Government’s Case Against Geographer Scott Warren” Journal of Latin American Geography 18(3): 192-201
Boyce, G., S. Launius and A. Aguirre. 2019. “Drawing the Line: Spatial Strategies of Community and Resistance in Post-SB1070 Arizona” ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies 18(1): 187-216
Boyce, G., S. Chambers, and S. Launius. 2019. “Bodily Inertia and the Weaponization of the Sonoran Desert in United States Boundary Enforcement: A GIS Modeling of Migration Routes through Arizona’s Altar Valley” Journal on Migration and Human Security 7(1): 23-35
Gentry, B., G. Boyce, J. Garcia and S.N. Chambers. 2019. “Indigenous Survival and Settler Colonial Dispossession on the Mexican Frontier: the Case of Cedagi Wahia and Wo’oson O’odham Indigenous Communities” Journal of Latin American Geography 18(1): 65-93
For more see: https://earlham.academia.edu/GeoffreyBoyce
Specialties and InterestsBorders and borderlandsTransnational migrationPolicingSocial movementsPolitical economyHuman geography
Director of the Spanish Language Program, Border Studies Program
Diego Bustos studied economics and history at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and he holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at El Paso. He his finishing a Ph.D. in Latin American Literature at the University of New Mexico, focused on the relationship between rhetorical strategies present in a corpus of cultural performances and novels, and the imagination on development in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. With an emphasis on cultural citizenship and transnational discourses on social inclusion, his scholar work informs his approach to teaching language and culture, and vice versa: both imagined as contested fields in the struggle for liberation. His life in the border has reinforced his interests for these topics and the urgency of their articulation within a broader transnational frame. He has been involved in different projects in the region, from the extinct Revista Coroto, based in El Paso, to the Interdisciplinary Colombian Studies Group, in Albuquerque. He is currently working in the Colombian Syllabus, a group project intended to situate critically the current social unrest ongoing in his native country.
Nellie Jo David
Director of Academic and Community Engagement, Border Studies Program
Nellie grew up on the borderlands, traditional Hia-Ced O’odham territory, just West of the Tohono O’odham reservation and North of Sonora, Mexico. She is currently undertaking a number of projects documenting the historical and legal significance of indigenous peoples on the borderlands. Her research interests include stories that document indigenous relations across international borders, inspired by her own family history.
Nellie went to undergrad at Arizona State University and had a variety of interesting majors before obtaining a B.A. in Political Science in 2006. After witnessing several forms of human rights abuses during a time of workplace raids, SB1070 (papers please law), ethnic studies bans, and increased militarization, she decided to pursue a higher education in hopes to become better equipped to challenge these xenophobic institutional policies. She obtained her Juris Doctorate with a Certificate in Indigenous Law and Policy at Michigan State University in 2014, where she was active in NALSA (Native American Law Students Association). She is currently working on her dissertation (SJD) with the University of Arizona. The topic explores the interrelations between resource extraction, militarization, and settler colonialism on O’odham land.
Director of Student Services, Border Studies Program
Kate is an activist, cat-lover/ cat mom, horse-back-rider, avid hiker, and mom to Octavio and Ximena. Originally from Champaign, Illinois Kate has called many places home throughout her life-time. She attended Beloit College (Beloit, WI) where she majored in Anthropology and Latin American Studies. She resided in Seattle, Washington where she attended the University of Washington-Seattle and completed a Masters in Social Work and Masters in Public Affairs. She also called Chicago, Illinois home for several years working at the Cook County Department of Public Health (2002-2006) and the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights (2013-2016). Kate came to Tucson for the first time in 2010 as a volunteer with the humanitarian-aid organization, No More Deaths (NMD). It was then that she fell in love with the Sonoran desert, with Tucson, and with the fierce community of activists that reside and resist here. Living in Tucson she has continued to work and volunteer with NMD–she has served as the Volunteer Coordinator and the Abuse Documentation Coordinator and helped to publish the report “Disappeared: How U.S. Border Enforcement Agencies are Fueling a Missing Persons Crisis“. She has been an Instructor with the Border Studies Program since 2017 and currently oversees the Field Study program component as well as teaches the Field Study Practicum course. But the real teacher here is The Border–Kate is honored to be a part of creating a container for which learning can happen.
Executive Director, Center for Global Education
Roger Adkins is a scholar-administrator with a complex profile that includes extensive administrative work and expertise in global learning, ongoing interdisciplinary research and scholarship, and teaching in both domestic and international settings. They are a passionate interculturalist who strives to make global learning accessible for every student, both in on-campus and off-campus settings. They studied abroad in Iceland and have led short, faculty-led programs in the UK (England, Wales, and Scotland). They have also visited or worked in: Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sri Lanka, Sweden, and Tunisia. They are also a dedicated educator who believes in helping today’s students prepare for a world of rapidly evolving circumstances and inevitable shifts in professional life.
Roger identifies as queer, lives with a disability (not visible), and comes from a working-class background. They were also a first-generation college student. They are passionate about inclusiveness and are very happy to serve as a mentor or advocate for students from diverse backgrounds. They identify as gender nonbinary and use they/them/their pronouns.
Specialties and InterestsGlobal learning, fellowships, curriculum and pedagogy, literature, folklore, gender studies, creative writing
Global Programs Coordinator
Julie Whalen started her career by teaching English Language Arts at the high school level. There, she had the opportunity to do a summer study abroad in Peru through a Fulbright Grant. The experience was meaningful and sparked a love of travel and a passion to help others find similar experiences. She began promoting study abroad at the high school level, working in exchanges with both Spain and Japan, as well as a domestic study in South Dakota. She now helps Earlham students who are interested in studying abroad reach their goals.
Julie believes in the promotion of cultural competency and empathy and is passionate about making international study a reality for all students who seek to learn about the world through a new lens.
Melissa Cox is the Administrative Assistant in the Center for Global and Career Education. Melissa has been at Earlham for 16 years. She has been in her current role, with the Center for Global and Career Education, for five of those years. Previously, she work with the M.A.T. program for eleven years. Melissa also teaches yoga in the Athletic and Wellness Center.