JSP Student Profile

Mina Barahimi


Year: Doctorate in 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
Undocumented immigration
Regional areas of interest: US-Mexico and US-EU


UC Berkeley Dissertation Year Fellowship (2016-2017)
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:

My dissertation is a study of the structural challenges to due process for undocumented immigrants who are subject to the fast-track deportation powers of the U.S. Border Patrol at the U.S.- Mexico border. Because of the weak context of procedural rights in the custodial setting, such as barriers to legal representation, undocumented immigrants in the custody of the Border Patrol who otherwise have the right to a hearing are coerced by officers through subtle forms of power such as misinformation to waive their right to see a judge and are summarily deported. By shifting the focus of deportation studies outside of courts, this dissertation shows that the U.S. deportation regime is more expansive but also less visible than we currently understand it to be.