Heyman’s teaching and research center on immigration, especially at border sites (e.g., U.S.-Mexico border). Specifically, his work focuses on immigration law enforcement, agencies, officers, and tactics, and on attendant human rights issues. Related to this, he studies domains of border enforcement of all types (guns, drugs, money, terrorism, as well as migration), trade-offs among them, and alternatives to current border security policies. More broadly, Heyman’s expertise extends to cultural mixes, economic development patterns, environmental issues (especially water), and health care in border regions, based on 30 years of experience living and conducting research on the U.S.-Mexican border. He recently chaired the American Anthropological Association’s task force on border walls.
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Discusses how protestors during the Occupy movement in El Paso, Texas, argued that the homeless exemplified an important segment of the 99%, which gave the homeless people a different identity. Elaborates on how homeless people even credit the activities they carried with the Occupy El Paso movement for helping them recover from addiction and their eventual attainment of housing.
Human Rights and Social Justice Committee Briefing No. 1, Society for Applied Anthropology, December 31, 2009.
Summarizes the controversial Arizona law, putting it in the wider context of conflict within social change.