David Cortez is a doctoral candidate in the department of government at Cornell University whose research centers on ethnic and racial identity with particular focus on intersectional and situational identity salience. His dissertation explores the emergence of a disproportionately Latinx immigration law enforcement workforce as a metaphor for the minority experience in the United States. Drawing on interviews with and observations of more than one-hundred Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents across Texas, Arizona, and California, his research engages questions of belonging, obligation, and liminality to reveal the careful negotiation of cross-cutting social group memberships of Latinx immigration agents caught between two worlds: the police and the policed. David is an alumnus of the APSA Ralph Bunche Summer Institute, and his research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Cornell University’s Latina/o Studies Program, and the APSA Minority Fellowship Program. Support from the Fund for Latino Scholarship will assist in David’s travel to the 2016 APSA Annual Meeting, where he will present a chapter of his dissertation entitled, “Broken Mirrors: Identity, Duty, and Belonging in the New La(tino) Migra.”
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