Leslie Gross-Wyrtzen

Postdoctoral Associate
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Leslie Gross-Wyrtzen is a postdoctoral associate with the Council on African Studies and a Faculty Fellow in the Center for Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration.  Her work focuses on the relationship between borders, race, and political economy between Africa and Europe. Leslie received her PhD in geography from Clark University in 2020. Her first book project, entitled Bordering Blackness: The Production of Race in the Morocco-EU Immigration Regime, draws on 11 months of ethnographic research among West and Central African migrants moving through or contained within Morocco, and was funded by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad fellowship. Her next project, tentatively titled Afrophobia in the African City: Migration, Violence, and the Political Economy of Difference, examines how urban space across the continent is being reshaped materially and socially as a result of intensifying migration control regimes, and how racial and ethnic difference is used to signify the legitimacy of particular claims to citizenship, mobility, and the right to the city. 
 
At Yale she has offered courses entitled “Race, Space, and Power: Mapping the Global Color Line” (ANTH 238/AFST 235) and “Africa in the World” (ANTH 160/AFST 106). She is also a fellow at Ezra Stiles College.
 
Selected publications

Gross-Wyrtzen, L. 2020. “Contained and abandoned in the ‘humane’ border: Migrant immobility and survival in Moroccan urban space.” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 38(5): 887-904. https://doi.org/10.1177/0263775820922243

Gross-Wyrtzen, L. and L. Gazzotti. 2020. “Telling histories of the present: Postcolonial perspectives on Morocco’s ‘radically new’ migration policy.” Introduction to special issue. The Journal for North African Studies. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/13629387.2020.1800204

Gross-Wyrtzen, L. 2020. “Policing the virus: Race, Risk and the Politics of Containment in Morocco and the United States.” Roundtable on Borders and the State in Light of Covid-19. Security in Contexthttps://www.securityincontext.com/publications/borders-roundtable-policing-the-virus