Michel Agier is Professor of Anthropology at l’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and Director of Research at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement. Prof. Agier is
also Visiting Scholar at the New School for Social Research (2015). He has published widely and prolifically on the topics of humanitarianism, refugee camps, spaces of expulsion and exclusion and the phenomenon of urbanization on a global scale. His recent works include Un Monde de Camps (La Découverte 2014), Managing the Undesirables: Refugee Camps and Humanitarian Government ( Polity Press 2011), and On the Margins of the World: The Refugee Experience of Today ( Polity Press 2008). On April 21st, 2015, Michel Agier gave a lecture co-sponsored by the Politics Department and the Zolberg Institute entitled “Borderland and ‘Borderman.’ Toward a New Cosmopolis” to view the video filmed by Public Seminar see here.
Ernesto Castañeda is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas, El Paso in the department of Sociology and Anthropology and works on migration, health disparities, social movements, urban studies, and homelessness. He has conducted surveys and ethnographic fieldwork in the United States, France, Spain, Switzerland, Mexico, Algeria, and Morocco. He compares Latino and Muslim immigrant integration and ethnic mobilization in the U.S. and Western Europe. He is researching the diffusion of discourses around border security. He has published on the relation between remittances and development; integration and transnationalism; hometown associations and diaspora organizations; urban exclusion; the border fence; transnational families and the children of migrants; and health disparities within Hispanic, immigrant, and homeless populations. He has a PhD in Sociology from Columbia University and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley. His full CV and publications are available here.