Geoff Boyce

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:

  1. the political, economic and historical processes that drive and condition contemporary patterns of human migration
  2. the political and geographic structures that categorize and define distinct persons and migration practices
  3. the evolution of international boundaries as tools for managing the flow and status of people and things
  4. the connections between constructions of citizenship, national identity, racism, militarism and criminalization
  5. how historical and contemporary social movements that articulate with these phenomena, and
  6. 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

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Specialties and Interests

Borders and borderlandsTransnational migrationPolicingSocial movementsPolitical economyHuman geography