Our Students - Profiles

Mina Barahimi


Year: Advanced to Candidacy (ABD) - JSP

Email: mina.barahimi@berkeley.edu


B.A., University of Washington, Law, Societies and Justice (Honors); Minors in Anthropology, International Studies: Africa (2008)


Law and Society
Immigration law and policy
Citizenship and race
Immigrant control
Immigrant/non-citizen rights
Undocumented immigration
Regional areas of interest: US-Mexico and US-EU


Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies Fellowship (2015-2016)
Dean's Normative Time Fellowship (2014-2015)
William K. Coblentz Civil Rights Endowment Student Research Fellowship, Center for the Study of Law and Society (2014)
Center for Race and Gender Graduate Student Grant (2014)
JSP Continuing Student Fellowship (2014)
Graduate Division Conference Travel Grant (2013)
Graduate Division Summer Grant, UC Berkeley (2013, 2012)
Council for European Studies Travel Grant, Columbia University (2013)
Trans-Atlantic Summer Institute in European Studies Fellowship, University of Minnesota (2012)
Selznick Fellowship, UC Berkeley (2009-2010)
Mary Gates Endowment for Students Research Scholarship, University of Washington (2007)

Academic Experiences:

Graduate Student Instructor for Richard Perry, LS 100: Foundations of Legal Studies (Fall 2015)
Graduate Student Instructor for Malcolm Feeley, LS 182: Law, Politics, and Society (Fall 2013)
Graduate Student Instructor for Leti Volpp, LS 132AC: Immigration and Citizenship (Spring 2013, Spring 2012, Spring 2011)
Graduate Student Instructor for Lauren Edelman, LS 184: Sociology of Law (Fall 2012)
Research Assistant for Leti Volpp (Fall 2011)
Research Assistant for Sarah Song (Fall 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2010)
Graduate Student Instructor for Catherine Albiston, LS 184: Sociology of Law (Fall 2010)
Research Assistant for Calvin Morrill and Lauren Edelman (Summer 2010)
Research Assistant for Catherine Albiston (Summer 2010)

Dissertation Abstract:

Relying on multiple methods, including in-depth interviews, my dissertation research examines (1) how immigration enforcement officers police undocumented Mexican immigrants in the US-Mexico borderlands through the discretionary exercise of a summary (i.e. no court hearing) expulsion practice called administrative voluntary departure, and (2) the consequences of this practice for border communities—citizens and noncitizens alike. Voluntary departure is not legally constructed as deportation (or “removal,” as it is known in legal terms), but my research demonstrates that it functions much like deportation. More broadly, my dissertation makes the case that a richer understanding of the scope of the US deportation regime and its effects requires more expansive and critical empirical examination of what constitutes deportation and what it means to be deported.