Jeremy Slack received his M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Arizona in 2008 and his PhD in Geography in 2015, from the same university. His research is focused on deportation and the problems forced removal creates for individuals and their families, the connections to place that are severed and how it has intersected with drug related violence on the border. His research interests include state theory, illegal and illicit activity, the U.S. Mexico Border, drug trafficking, violence, participatory/activist oriented research methodology and public scholarship.
Currently, he runs the Immigration and Border Communities – Research Experience for Undergraduates, a National Science Foundation program, to teach research methods in the social sciences by collaborating with community organizations in the Paso del Norte Regions. Students engage with a variety of topics related to immigration and border enforcement and its impact on the region, producing data relevant to local efforts by advocates.
"My MA in Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona helped set me on my career path in academia. In addition to unique and academically rigorous coursework the program helped instill an ethic of care for place and commitment to the region where I work, live and study. A deep understanding of a region, its culture and languages was essential for my professional goals."