Photo from Sergio de la Torre's "Sanctuary City/Ciudad Santuario"

Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico

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Office: Humanities Room 426

Phone: (505) 277-2973

E-mail: rschreib@unm.edu

Professor Schreiber's research focuses on issues of migration between the United States, and Mexico, and considers relations to place, identity, and dislocation through forms of visual culture.

Her most recent book The Undocumented Everyday: Migrant Lives and the Politics of Visibility examines the significance of self-representation as a strategy in documentary photography, film, video, and audio projects involving Mexican and Central American migrants in the U.S. and U.S.-Mexico borderlands during the early 21st century. She argues that by centering their subjectivity and presence in their use of documentary media, these migrants have created alternatives to liberal tropes of visibility as an abstract form of empowerment and inclusion. Instead, they use documentary media to situate their own depictions of their lives, to make public political claims, and to create forms of protection.

Her work has appeared in a special issue of Radical History Review “Calling the Law into Question: Confronting the Illegal and Illicit in Public Arenas” (Issue 113, Spring 2012), as well as a number of edited collections, including: The Latina/o Midwest Reader, edited by Claire F. Fox, Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez and Omar Valerio-Jiménez (University of Illinois Press, 2017); Remaking Reality, edited by Sara Blair, Franny Nudelman and Joseph Entin, (University of North Carolina Press, 2018); and US-Mexico Border Spaces: Visual and Cultural Environmental Histories, edited by Katherine Morrissey and John-Michael Warner (University of Arizona Press, forthcoming). In addition, her essay “The Undocumented Everyday: Migrant Rights and Performative Strategies in the work of Alex Rivera” was recently included in a special issue of the Journal of American Studies on U.S. Immigration (April 2016).

Professor Schreiber is also the author of Cold War Exiles in Mexico: U.S. Dissidents and the Culture of Critical Resistance (University of Minnesota Press, 2008). Selections from this book have been included in Imagining Our Americas: Towards a Transnational Frame (Duke University Press, 2007) edited by Sandhya Shukla and Heidi Tinsman, and Adventures into Mexico: American Tourism Beyond the Border (Rowman and Littlefield Press, Jaguar Series on Latin America, 2006) edited by Nicholas Bloom.