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Leisy J. Abrego, M.A. ’02, Ph.D. ’08

Posted On - Nov. 2, 2020

Leisy J. Abrego, M.A. '02, Ph.D. '08Duke University has published “We Are Not Dreamers: Undocumented Scholars Theorize Undocumented Life in the United States,” co-edited by Leisy J. Abrego, M.A. ’02, Ph.D. ’08. The contributors to the book—who are themselves currently or formerly undocumented—call for the elimination of the Dreamer narrative, showing how it establishes high expectations for who deserves citizenship and marginalizes large numbers of undocumented youth.

“’We Are Not Dreamers’ is a captivating counternarrative that smashes the false distinction between deserving and undeserving immigrants worthy of human rights in the United States. By centering the voices of undocumented scholars, Leisy J. Abrego and Genevieve Negrón-Gonzales capture the complexity of experiences, the intersectionality of identities, and the raw devastation and resilience of undocumented life. This book has the power to transform both public discourse and public policy on immigration and is required reading for my documented friends, family, and colleagues—as well as my undocumented students.” — Laura Emiko Soltis, Executive Director and Professor of Human Rights, Freedom University

Abrego is Professor of Chicana/o and Central American Studies at UCLA and author of “Sacrificing Families: Navigating Laws, Labor, and Love across Borders.” She received her M.A. and her Ph.D. in sociology.