Kathleen Griesbach

Kathleen Griesbach



Biographical Note: 

Kathleen Griesbach is a PhD student in Sociology and a Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow at Columbia University with interests in labor, migration, borders, race and ethnicity, and inequality.  

Kathleen holds a B.A. in English and Latin American Studies from New York University and an M.A. in Latin American Studies and International Migration from UC San Diego, where she conducted research in the U.S. and Mexico and co-authored a publication with the Mexican Migration Field Research Program. For her M.A. thesis she conducted ethnographic research on immigration enforcement and detention in North Carolina and southern California, including 32 qualitative interviews and work with nonprofits in both regions, and published some of her findings in the academic journal Norteamérica.

Kathleen lived and worked in Madrid, Spain as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant from 2011-2012. Prior to coming to Columbia, she worked as a paralegal and outreach advocate for a legal aid organization in the Rio Grande Valley border region of Texas. Her research interests on the experiences of migrant agricultural workers, U.S. labor and immigration history, and precarious work are deeply informed by the people she met and worked with in south Texas.   


Griesbach, Kathleen. “Local-Federal Immigration Enforcement in North Carolina: Mapping the Criminal-Immigration Overlap” (Article). Norteamerica: Revista Académica del CISAN-UNAM. Immigration to the Southeastern United States. Year 6, Special Issue, 2011.

Griesbach, Kathleen. “Southern States” (Encyclopedia Entry). In Undocumented Immigrants in the United States Today: An Encyclopedia of Their Experiences. Ed. Anna Ochoa O’Leary. Westbrook: ABC-CLIO-Greenwood, 2014.   

García, Angela, Griesbach, Kathleen, Andrade, Jessica, González, Yrizar Barbosa, Guillermo. “Pressure from the Inside: The Effects of State-Level Immigration Policies for Tlacuitapenses in Oklahoma and California” (Book Chapter). In Recession without Borders: Mexican Migrants Confront the Economic Downturn edited by David FitzGerald, Rafael Alarcon, and Leah Muse-Orlinoff. La Jolla, CA and Boulder, CO: CCIS and Lynne Rienner Publishers, February 2011.

Griesbach, Kathleen. “A Program at Odds with Federal Immigration Powers” (Op-Ed). The Raleigh News & Observer, Sept 9, 2010.

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