Miriam Ticktin is an Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropology at The New School for Social Research, and holds a PhD from Stanford University and École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS). She works at the intersections of the anthropology of medicine and science, law, and transnational and postcolonial feminist theory. Her research has focused on what it means to make political claims in the name of a universal humanity: she has been interested in what these claims tell us about universalisms and difference, about who can be a political subject, on what basis people are included and excluded from communities, and how inequalities get instituted or perpetuated in this process.
Miriam is the author of Casualties of Care: Immigration and the Politics of Humanitarianism in France (UC Press, 2011), and co-editor of In the Name of Humanity: the Government of Threat and Care (Duke UP, 2010). She is currently at work on two related book projects: 1) a short book on innocence as a political concept, and how it produces an unending search for purity; 2) a book on practices of containment at the border, from border walls to spaces of quarantine.
Her latest publications include “Invasive Others: Toward a Contaminated World” (Social Research: An International Quarterly, spring 2017); “Introduction: Invasive Pathogens? Rethinking Notions of Otherness” (Social Research: An International Quarterly, special issue on “The Invasive Other” guest ed. Miriam Ticktin, 84 (1), spring 2017: 55-58); “The Sanctuary Movement and Women’s Rights: Sister Struggles” (Truthout, April 29, 2017); “As’lem: An Ethical Diagnosis of the Contemporary” (PDF) (response to Fassin, Wilhelm-Solomon and Segatti’s “Asylum as a Form of Life”) Current Anthropology, 58 (2): 182-183.
2016 “What’s Wrong with Innocence” Hot Spots, Cultural Anthropology website, June 2016
2016 “Thinking Beyond Humanitarian Borders” (pdf)
Social Research: An International Quarterly, special issue on “Borders and The Politics of Mourning,” eds Alexandra Delano and Benjamin Nienass, 83 (2), summer 2016: 255-271.