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De Genova, Nicholas

Dr Nicholas De Genova

Nicholas De GenovaReader


Tel: +44 (0)20 7858 2243




Department of Geography
King's College London
K4.20 King's Building
Strand Campus


Research interests

  • Migration, borders, and the securitisation of human mobility
  • The politics of citizenship and national identity
  • State formation and nationalism
  • Racialisation
  • Labour and class formation
  • Everyday life and the production of space
  • Transnational social formations and global political economy
  • Urban space and urban struggles over social inequality


Nicholas De Genova joined the Department of Geography at King’s College London in September 2013 as Reader in Urban Geography.  Dr De Genova is Chair of the Spatial Politics Research Group.

He earned his BA, MA, and PhD in socio-cultural Anthropology at the University of Chicago.  Prior to his appointment at King’s, Dr De Genova taught at Goldsmiths (University of London), Columbia University, and Stanford University, and held visiting professorships or research positions at the Universities of Chicago, Amsterdam, Bern, and Warwick.  

Originally from Chicago, he also conducted extensive ethnographic research among Mexican migrants in the Chicago metropolitan area.  Although much of his empirical (ethnographic, historical, and socio-legal) work has been focused on the United States as both a national and imperial formation, Dr De Genova has also more recently helped to initiate a multi-disciplinary research network on ‘The “European” Question: Postcolonial Perspectives on Migration, Nation, and Race’. 

Dr De Genova is the author of Working the Boundaries: Race, Space, and "Illegality" in Mexican Chicago (2005), co-author of Latino Crossings: Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, and the Politics of Race and Citizenship (2003), editor of Racial Transformations: Latinos and Asians Remaking the United States (2006), and co-editor of The Deportation Regime: Sovereignty, Space, and the Freedom of Movement (2010).  

Dr De Genova is currently writing two new books, one on The Migrant Metropolis, and another on The "European" Question: Migration, Race, and Postcoloniality.  In addition, he has edited a new volume on The Borders of "Europe": Autonomy of Migration, Tactics of Bordering, showcasing recent research by junior scholars (including Fiorenza Picozza, his Ph.D. student at King’s), and with Can Yildiz (also his Ph.D student at King’s) has co-edited a special thematic journal issue on the racialization and criminalization of eastern European Roma ("Gypsy") migrants in the European Union (forthcoming in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies). (For access to most of Dr De Genova’s journal articles and a list of book chapters, please consult his personal website:

Dr De Genova teaches a combined 3rd-year undergraduate/ MA-level course on ‘The Right to the City’, and also convenes the MA course on urban social theory, ‘Theorising Cities: Inequalities and Difference’. 

Dr De Genova is co-founder and co-organiser (with Dr Richard Schofield) of ‘Borders, Citizenship & Mobility: An Interdisciplinary Workshop on the Geopolitics of Encounter’, which hosts guest speakers presenting current research on a regular basis to a core constituency of academic and research staff and postgraduate students from across King’s College London, and beyond.

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