Leah Montange, Human Geography PhD Student
U of T St. George
MA Interdisciplinary Studies, 2015, University of Washington - Tacoma
BA Philosophy; Gender & Sexuality Studies, 2004, New York University
Honours & Awards:
2017-2020 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship
2017 Society of Women Geographers Pruitt Dissertation Fellowship
2016 George Tatham/Geography Alumni Graduate Scholarship
2015-2019 University of Toronto Fellowship Award
2014 University of Washington Graduate School Fund for Excellence
- detention centers
- unfree labor
- citizenship and non-citizenship
I am broadly interested in the confluence of precarious and unfree migrant labor; the securitization of migration and especially the deployment of migrant detention; and discourses of nationalism and racialization. I am particularly interested in three major tensions within this field:
1) between autonomous migration and state sovereignty and territoriality.
2) between the production/protection of state sovereignty and the production of a pool of cheap migrant labor
3) between liberal socio-legal frameworks and discourses of exclusion, belonging, and deservingness
My scholarly work explores how these tensions manifest in, shape, and are re-produced in systems of migration detention and incarceration. This research is under-girded by an interest in how systems of migration enforcement and management are actively contested and re-shaped by an array of non-state actors including migrants and detainees.
Teaching This Academic Year:
- GGRC56 Spaces of Travel (Fall 2015 and Fall 2016, UTSC)
- GGRB05 Urban Geography (Winter and Summer 2016, UTSC)
- GGRA03 Cities and Environoment (Winter 2017, UTSC)
Montange, Leah. “Hunger strikes, detainee protest, and the relationality of political subjectivization.” Citizenship Studies (2017): 1-18.