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Mirian Martinez-Aranda, PhD

2023 Policy Fellow

Assistant Professor, University of California - Irvine

Areas of Expertise: Social, Material, and Health Consequences of Immigration Detention and Surveillance, Race and Ethnicity, International Migration

Mirian Martinez-Aranda is a chancellor’s postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of California Davis. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from UCLA in 2021. Her research examines the social, material, and health consequences of immigration detention on immigrants, families, and communities. She is also a former National Science Foundation and Marvin Hoffenberg fellow with the Center for American Politics and Public Policy, and a Ronald E. McNair Scholar. Her work has been published in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies and Law and Society Review. Dr. Martinez-Aranda is currently working on her book, which examines the experiences of immigrants after they are released from detention, to show how immigration enforcement policies constrain and shape the lives of formerly detained immigrants as they experience family reunification, community incorporation, life under ICE surveillance, and engagement with the immigration legal system. 


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Extended Punishment: Criminalising Immigrants through Surveillance Technology

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Collective Liminality: The Spillover Effects of Indeterminate Detention on Immigrant Families

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Precarious Legal Patchworking: Detained Immigrants’ Access to Justice

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