Austin Kocher, Ph.D.

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

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Presenting on the immigration courts at the Law & Society Association conference.Presenting on the immigration courts at the Law & Society Association conference.

Recent Updates (Selected)

September 2023

  • Presented paper at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law titled FOIA as Method: Mapping the Digital Architectures of the Immigration State.”

July 2023

  • July, 2023: Participating in international workshop on immigration data in Canada.

June 2023

May 2023

  • May 18-19, 2023: Panel on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) at the Transparency Conference in Washington, D.C., hosted by the American Immigration Council.

April 2023

  • April 13, 2023: Invited research presentation on electronic monitoring of migrants at the University of Baltimore School of Law.
  • April 13-15, 2023: Invited research presentation on asylum at the International Conference on Forced Migation at UCLA.
  • April 27-28, 2023: Spoke at the Annual Latino Public Affairs Forum hosted by the Center for Latin American & Latino Studies at American University where I recently started as a research fellow. Learn more about the event here.