Cullison, Jennifer Lynn
Lecturer - History
Last Updated: 10/24/18 -

Jennifer Cullison is a Lecturer in the History and Political Science Department at Utah Valley University.  She received her PhD  in History at the University of Colorado Boulder. She specializes in US history and global issues of race, migration and citizenship.  She comes to Utah after teaching at various institutions including the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of California Berkeley, San Francisco State University, and Skyline College.

By invitation of the University of Pennsylvania Press, she is currently preparing a manuscript proposal titled Spawning a Hydra: The Policy and Practice of Immigrant Caging in Postwar America.  The monograph is planned to be a development of her dissertation, which explores the growth of immigrant detention writ large in postwar America – i.e. the growth not only of Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and then Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention, but that of all forms of human caging related to immigration policy in the US.  She advances scholarship on immigrant detention by 1) accounting for institutional slippages between detention and related incarceration for immigration code violations, 2) compiling metrics and analyzing policy, and 3) amplifying the voices of immigrants detained and incarcerated. These efforts serve to reframe historical understanding of the rise and institutionalization of immigrant detention.  She gives special attention to detention policy development, migrant experience, and grassroots response.  Her case studies focus on immigrant detention in South Texas including Port Isabel, Brownsville, McAllen, and Laredo. She is conducting oral histories as well as using national, state, and organizational archives and collections from Mexico and the U.S.   For an interview highlighting some of the findings of her study, see CSPAN American History TV.