Leah Montange, Human Geography PhD Student


Home Campus:
U of T St. George

Other Degrees:
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

Michelle Buckley
Emily Gilbert

Contact Information:


Research Interests:

  • migration
  • 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:

Teaching Assistant:

  • 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)

Selected Publications:

Montange, Leah. “Hunger strikes, detainee protest, and the relationality of political subjectivization.” Citizenship Studies (2017): 1-18.

Research Clusters:
Political Spaces