Michele Statz

Michele Statz is an anthropologist of law and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Biobehavioral Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth. Statz's research focuses on legal advocacy and constructions of age, culture, and vulnerability in the legal realm. Specific projects include a multi-sited ethnography of the rights and representation of young people who migrate alone from China to the U.S.; a socio-legal collaboration on rural distance and reproductive justice; and a new study on cause lawyering and access to justice in the rural upper Midwest. Statz's new book is entitled Lawyering an Uncertain Cause: Immigration Advocacy and Chinese Youth in the U.S. (Vanderbilt University Press, 2018). Her work is also featured in Harvard Law and Policy Review (forthcoming 2018); Environment and Planning A (2018), Children's Geographies (2017); PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review (2016), and American Behavioral Scientist (2016). Statz has a doctorate in sociocultural anthropology and a certificate in comparative law and society studies from the University of Washington. (See CV.)


Lauren Heidbrink

Lauren Heidbrink is an anthropologist and Assistant Professor of Human Development at California State University, Long Beach. Her research and teaching interests include childhood and youth, transnational migration, performance and identity, law at the margins of the state and Latin America. She published an ethnography on unaccompanied child migration and detention entitled Migrant Youth, Transnational Families, and the State: Care and Contested Interests  (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014, 2016). Her forthcoming book Migranthood: Youth in a new era of deportation (Stanford University Press) examines the migration and deportation of indigenous youth to Guatemala. She received a doctorate in anthropology from Johns Hopkins University and a MA/MS in International Public Service Management from DePaul University. She is a recent recipient of an American Council of Learned Society fellowship and the Fulbright Schuman 70th Anniversary Scholar Award to conduct comparative research on child migration in Greece, Italy, Belgium, and UK. (See CV.)