Tanya Golash-Boza

Institutional Affiliation 
Associate Professor of Sociology, UC Merced
Professional Bio 

Tanya Golash-Boza is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Merced. She is the author of five books, the latest of which is Deported: Immigrant Policing, Disposable Labor and Global Capitalism (New York University Press 2015). In addition, she has published over a dozen articles in peer-reviewed journals on deportations, racial identity, critical race theory, and human rights, and has written on contemporary issues for Al Jazeera, The Boston Review, The Nation, Counterpunch, The Houston Chronicle, Racialicious, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Dissident Voice. Her innovative scholarship was awarded the Distinguished Early Career Award from the Racial and Ethnic Minorities Studies Section of the American Sociological Association in 2010. In 2013, she was awarded the UC Merced Senate Faculty Award for Distinguished Scholarly Public Service. Tanya Golash-Boza earned her B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Maryland, College Park, a Certificate of Anthropology from L’Ecole d’Anthropologie in Paris in 1996, and her Ph.D in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005. She speaks fluent French, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Area of Expertise 

I am currently finishing a research project on mass deportation, an issue of tremendous contemporary public importance. This project advances our understanding of mass deportation by bringing an analysis of the political economy of migration and systemic racism of immigration policy enforcement to the forefront. My next project is on mass incarceration and is in its initial stages. This project will explore how mass incarceration has affected intergenerational transmission of wealth for black families in the United States. All of my work engages with ideas of global capitalism while also maintaining a critical race and feminist perspective.

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