Project Research Team

The project’s research team consists of a Principal Investigator (Dr. Alison Mountz), Postdoctoral Fellow (Dr. Jenna Loyd), three Research Assistants (Tina Catania, Kate Coddington, and Emily Mitchell-Eaton), cartographer Rob Fiedler, and web designer Millie Rossman. The team began field research in several sites in 2010 and will complete field research in 2012.

Alison Mountz, Principal Investigator

Dr. Alison Mountz is Associate Professor of Geography and Canada Research Chair in Global Migration at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Wilfrid Laurier University. Her current research examines the struggles over border enforcement, asylum, and detention. In 2010, Mountz published Seeking Asylum: Human Smuggling and Bureaucracy at the Border (University of Minnesota Press). In this monograph, she examines how Canada and other countries respond to human smuggling with changes in border enforcement. Seeking Asylum was awarded the 2011 Meridian Book Prize from the Association of American Geographers. Mountz teaches and advises students researching migration and political geography, directs the research team, and runs the educational initiatives of Geographies of Sovereignty: the island detention project.

Jenna Loyd, Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Jenna Loyd is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Geography, Syracuse University. Before joining the Island Detention Project, she held postdoctoral positions at the Center for Place, Culture and Politics at the CUNY Graduate Center and in the Humanities Center at Syracuse University. While living in Los Angeles, she became involved in the immigrant justice movement, particularly concerning the ways in which immigrant detention builds on the broader US prison regime. She co-edited a collection called Beyond Walls and Cages that seeks to bridge the immigrant justice and anti-prison movements. Her research on the Island project traces the onshore-offshore continuities of US detention practices.

Tina Catania, Research Assistant

Tina Catania is a doctoral student in the Geography Department at Syracuse University. Her Master’s thesis explored constructions of identities along the US-Mexico border. Her work n the Island Detention Project focuses on refugees and migrants from Africa and the Middle East to Italy. As part of the Island team, she conducts research on Lampedusa and Sicily.

Kate Coddington, Research Assistant

Kate Coddington is a doctoral student in the Geography Department at Syracuse University. Her dissertation examines the emergence and effects of migrant and Aboriginal ‘geographies of containment’, including migrant detention in Darwin, Australia. Her research for the Island project took her to Christmas Island, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Indonesia.

Emily Mitchell-Eaton, Research Assistant

Emily Mitchell-Eaton is a doctoral student in the Geography Department at Syracuse University, where she recently completed a Master’s degree in Public Administration. Emily’s research interests center on migration and state management of human mobility. As a member of the research team, Emily carries out research on the islands of Guam and Saipan.

Rob Fiedler, Cartographer

Rob Fiedler is a doctoral student at York University. His research explores (sub)urban transformation in Toronto, Canada. He maintains a keen interest in the use of geospatial technologies for critical analysis of the changing geographies of cities and urban regions. Rob brings to the Island project expertise in handling and analyzing spatial data, as well as their transformation into cartographic representation (i.e. mapping).