Harvard Educational Review
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    Managing Illegality on Campus

    Undocumented Mismatch Between Students and Staff

    Holly E. Reed, Sofya Aptekar, and Amy Hsin

    Contributing to the literature on the institutional experiences of undocumented youth, this article by Holly E. Reed, Sofya Aptekar, and Amy Hsin explores undocumented and “DACAmented” students’ experiences managing their illegality on campus and how college staff and faculty manage that illegality while organizing programs and support. Their analysis of in-depth qualitative interviews conducted with more than one hundred undocumented college students and former students and thirty-five faculty and staff members at the City University of New York identifies multiple points of tension. The “undocumented mismatch” between campus management of illegality and student experiences was evident in the exclusion and alienation of non-Latinx undocumented students, stress around legal status disclosure, and challenges around the issue of data confidentiality.

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    Holly E. Reed (https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8811-3856) is a professor in the Department of Sociology at City University of New York, Queens College. Her research focuses on human migration, demographic transition, and socioeconomic development, concentrating geographically in sub-Saharan Africa and the United States and focusing on the linkages between those regions. She has published articles in journals such as Demography, Sociological Forum, International Migration Review, and Journal on Migration and Human Security. In addition to demographic and policy research, she has analyzed numerous large-scale social surveys from the US and Africa and conducted qualitative studies of immigrants and refugees in the New York City area.

    Sofya Aptekar (https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3823-2902) is an associate professor of urban studies at the City University of New York School of Labor and Urban Studies. Her research is focused on undocumented youth, US military and empire, medical screenings of immigrants, and the migrant justice movement. She also writes about race in public space and alternatives to capitalism. She is the author of The Road to Citizenship: What Naturalization Means for Immigrants and the United States (Rutgers University Press, 2015) and is completing Green Card Soldier: Between Model Immigrant and Security Threat (MIT Press, forthcoming).

    Amy Hsin (https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3128-7860) is an associate professor and associate chair of the Department of Sociology at City University of New York, Queens College. Her research focuses on social stratification, immigration, race/ethnicity, and education. Her work has appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Social Forces, Demography, and Ethnic and Racial Studies. She is associate editor of International Migration Review.
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