Dissertation Research Scholars
Ivón graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2015 with degrees in history and philosophy. She is currently a U.S. History Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University, where she is at work on a sociolegal history of child migrants in the twentieth century. Her research historicizes the child-centered consequences of draconian border enforcement and identifies the multiple forms of rights violations migrant Latinx children have had to confront at the U.S. international border and inside the nation. She traces the legal regimes and law enforcement practices that denied border-crossing Latinx children rights and public assistance between 1938 and the 1990s, resulting in labor exploitation on farms, educational deprivation, and incarceration. Her doctoral research has received generous support from the Harry S. Truman Foundation, American Historical Association, Immigration and Ethnic History Society, and American Society for Legal History, among others. Outside of the academy, she has conducted research on child and family migration for the federal government and non-profits in the U.S. and Mexico.
Juan Manuel Aldape Muñoz
Juan Manuel is a working-class, formerly-undocumented immigrant from Mexico. He is concerned about choreographic processes, contemporary dance, latinidad, undocumented bodies, and sweat citizenships. His project Choreotopias: Contemporary Dance and Disappeared Belongings in and out of Mexico engages translocation across linguistic, geographic, and aesthetic dimensions. It examines the role of contemporary dance theories and practices in the configuration and reconfiguration of national Mexican publics since the 1960s. This interdisciplinary, transnational project uses choreographic theories to consider feelings of serial colonialism, state violence, and belonging that impact Mexican choreographers and performance artists producing work in Mexico City and San Francisco. He is the co-director of the Festival of Latin American Contemporary Choreographers, now in its fifth edition in San Francisco, California. He’s been a resident choreographer for arts venues such as the Alfredo Zalce Contemporary Art Museum (Morelia, MX), Zenon Dance Company (Minneapolis, US), STATION-Service for Contemporary Dance (Belgrade, Serbia), and Sugar Space Arts Center (Salt Lake, US). He holds a joint-MA in International Performance Research from the University of Warwick (UK) and the University of Arts in Belgrade (Serbia).