Dr. Ina Batzke

Undocumented Migrants in the United States. Life Narratives and Self-representations.

Publication Undocumented Migrants in the United States
© Routledge

Whilst many undocumented migrants in the United States continue to exist in the shadows, since the turn of the millennium an increasing number have emerged within public debate, casting themselves against the dominant discursive trope of the "illegal alien," and entering the struggle over political self-representation. Drawing on a range of life narratives published from 2001 to 2016, this book explores how undocumented migrants have represented themselves in various narrative forms in the context of the DREAM Act and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) movement.

By reading these self-representations as both a product of America's changing views on citizenship and membership, and an arena where such views can potentially be challenged, the book interrogates the role such self-representations have played not only in constructing undocumented migrant identities, but also in shaping social borders. At a time when the inclusion and exclusion of (potential) citizens is once again highly debated in the United States, the book concludes by giving a potential indication of where views on undocumented migration might be headed. This interdisciplinary exploration of migrant narratives will be of interest to scholars and researchers across American Literary and Cultural Studies, Citizenship Studies, and Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Published 2018 with Routledge.

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    since 10/2018 Lecturer and Post-Doctoral Researcher, Chair of American Studies, University of Augsburg
    since 04/2015 Lecturer and Research Assistant, American Studies Department, English Seminar, Westfälische Wilhelms-University Münster, Germany


  • Academic CV


    Publication of the dissertation at Routledge
    10/2013 - 06/2018 PhD candidate at Graduate School Practices of Literature, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
    since 02/2012 Research Assistant the English Seminar, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
    since 2011 Translator for German, English and Dutch
    02/2013 - 05/2013 Research stay at the University of Arizona, Tucson
    10/2011 - 08/2013 Master of Arts National and Transnational Studies, Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster
    09/2009 - 06/2011 Bachelor of Arts in Communication Science, Hanze University Groningen, Netherlands