David Feldman

Graduate Student

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Migration, Political economy, Labor, Globalization, Political sociology


B.A., Vassar College

M.A., American Graduate School in Paris



My research explores the relationship between political economy, migration patterns, and state regulation in the era of capitalist globalization, with a special emphasis on the United States. I am particularly interested in analyzing the development of immigration policy as a mechanism for the regulation and disciplining of labor. My dissertation draws on both primary and secondary sources, including original interviews and participant observation, to trace the development of a nascent regime of "militarized migration management" during the twilight of the era of undocumented migration. The first article from this project, “Beyond the Border Spectacle: Global Capital, Migrant Labor, and the Specter of Liminal Legality,” appeared in Critical Sociology and won the ASA Marxist Section’s Albert Szymanski-T.R. Young Marxist Sociology Graduate Student Paper for 2020. In an upcoming chapter in the edited volume Marxism and Migration, I analyze the role of the immigration industrial complex in militarized migration management. I have also published my work in several outward-facing venues, including a recent essay on immigrant justice in Catalyst: A Journal of Theory & Strategy.