Maria Cook

Maria Lorena Cook is a Professor in the Department of International and Comparative Labor in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR). While most of her research has focused on labor politics and social movements in Latin America, she recently extended her research interests to include international migration. Her current work examines the challenges faced by those who advocate on behalf of unauthorized migrants in the context of restrictive national border security policies. She is especially interested in how pro-migrant groups function within the double constraints of government policy and anti-immigrant public opinion, and in how they negotiate legal boundaries in their work with migrants who are targeted as “illegal.” She is writing a book that looks at these issues in three global sites: the U.S-Mexico border in Arizona, Australia (where the focus is on asylum seekers), and southern Spain.

Maria has related interests in immigration detention and is a member of the International Detention Coalition. She also teaches two courses on migration, one an advanced writing seminar for ILR sophomores (Migrants and Migration) and the other an upper-level seminar (Crossing Borders: Migrations in Comparative Perspective). In addition, she maintains a website on international migration (Global Migration Resources) aimed at students and educators, and is a member of the coordinating committee of the Cornell Migration Issues Group (MIG).

Maria Cook with Cornell students during a spring 2007 visit to the U.S.-Mexican border

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