Professor of Anthropology and Gender, Race, and Identification within the Faculty of Liberal Arts Deborah Boehm obtained certainly one of this 12 months’s College of Nevada, Reno Basis Professor Awards. This annual award acknowledges tenured professors with a wonderful instructing and scholarly report, who’ve nationwide prominence of their subject and a demonstrated report of service to the College.
Boehm has been instructing on the College for 15 years and hasn’t veered from her dedication to analysis and instructing since she began. She definitely has exceeded sustained achievement as outlined by the award necessities and undoubtedly will surpass the promise of continued excellence.
“I’m honored to obtain this recognition, particularly as a result of it indicators the methods the College values publicly engaged scholarship and analysis that goes past the academy,” Boehm mentioned.
Presently, Boehm is on two years of analysis depart as an Andrew Carnegie Fellow. Her work focuses on the U.S. immigration detention system and the rising social motion to finish immigration detention and all types of incarceration.
Boehm’s analysis has taken her to communities on the border and all through the US to witness first-hand the imprisonment of immigrants and asylum seekers, and to review how the U.S. immigration detention system extends transnationally. She has interviewed individuals immediately impacted by detention and has carried out participatory analysis with companion organizations working to dismantle immigration detention.
“I’ve witnessed the facility of collective motion as individuals from throughout the nation — individuals in detention and their family members, previously detained individuals, immigrant advocates, attorneys and others — come collectively to result in change and to make their communities locations that worth and guarantee liberation for all human beings,” Boehm mentioned.
Boehm has carried out analysis with immigrant households and communities for many years. Primarily based on this work, she sees a urgent want to supply public scholarship about social injustice and types of activism that target human dignity.
The analysis Boehm participates in informs what and the way she teaches. She appreciates her time spent with college students in and out of doors of the classroom, because it at all times supplies new insights.
“I encourage college students to suppose critically about energy and injustice, to make use of their training to reimagine methods of oppression and to take motion to make change,” Boehm mentioned.
Boehm mentioned she enjoys collaborating with college students, analysis members, colleagues and different companions as she did earlier within the college 12 months when UNR hosted Hostile Terrain 94 and En Medio: Senses of Migration at The Lilley.
As well as, Boehm has a e book underneath contract — coedited with colleague Mikaela Rogozen-Soltar, affiliate professor of anthropology — that explores completely different types of return migration and the way individuals transfer throughout borders, or are prevented from doing so, within the present second.
Boehm plans to make use of her new standing as basis professor to proceed her dedication to ongoing collaborative analysis and to share analysis findings extensively.