Michele Statz is an anthropologist of law and a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Biobehavioral Health and Population Sciences at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus. 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 work is featured in Children's Geographies (2017); PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review (2016), American Behavioral Scientist (2016), with pieces forthcoming in Environment and Planning A and the Handbook on Ethics in International Relations (Routledge). She also has a book manuscript under contract with Vanderbilt University Press. Statz has a doctorate in sociocultural anthropology and a certificate in comparative law and society studies from the University of Washington.
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 recent 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, May 2014). Selections of her work also appear in Community Psychology in Global Perspective (2016); Journal of Applied Research on Children (2015); Children’s Legal Rights Journal (Spring 2013); Transnational Migration, Gender and Rights (2012); and in Emerging Perspectives on Children in Migratory Circumstances (2010). She received a doctorate in anthropology from Johns Hopkins University and a MA/MS in International Public Service Management from DePaul University. She is Convener of the American Anthropological Association’s Anthropology of Children and Youth Interest Group. She currently the PI on a multi-year NSF Law and Social Sciences grant investigating the deportation and social reintegration of youth in Guatemala. (See CV.)