Austin Kocher, Ph.D.

I’m a political and legal geographer studying the theories, laws, and institutional practices behind immigration enforcement. Research Assistant Professor with the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University.

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Upcoming Events

  • Speaking at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. on February 17, 2023. (details + registration)
  • Speaking at the Forced Migation Conference at UCLA in April.
  • Presenting at the AAG (geography) conference in Denver in March and the Law and Society Assn conference in Puerto Rico in June.

Recent Updates

January 2023

  • Panel discussion on ICEs electronic monitoring program (virtual), January 25, 2023. (details + registration)
  • Updated this website to new design and backend (from Squarespace to
  • Launched Immigration History Calendar ( (January 2023)

Fall 2022

  • Article accepted (w/ Laila Hlass and Rachel Davidson) for publication in Georgetown Law Journal
  • Conducted two months of fieldwork along the US-Mexico border (read about it on Substack).
  • Launched Law & Space Journal (Fall 2022)