Miriam Ticktin is Associate Professor in Anthropology at the New School for Social Research, and co-Director of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, and currently a fellow at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study. She received her PhD in Anthropology at Stanford University and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, France, and an MA in English Literature from Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Before coming to the New School, Miriam was an Assistant Professor in Women’s Studies and Anthropology at the University of Michigan, and also held a postdoctoral position in the Society of Fellows at Columbia University. She works at the intersections of the anthropology of medicine and science, law, and transnational and postcolonial feminist theory.
Her research has focused in the broadest sense on what it means to make political claims in the name of a universal humanity. She is the author of Casualties of Care: Immigration and the Politics of Immigration and Humanitarianism in France (UC Press, 2011), co-editor of In the Name of Humanity: the Government of Threat and Care (with Ilana Feldman, Duke UP 2010), and author of many other articles and book chapters. She is a founding co-editor of the journal Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism and Development.
She is currently at work on two new projects: 1) a short book on innocence as a political concept, and 2) a book on practices of containment at the border, from walls to spaces of quarantine, and how these are shaped by encounters between humans and non-humans, from wildlife to viruses. The premise of the book is that we cannot understand the politics of border walls without also taking into account how they intersect with and are shaped by the politics of environment and conservation.