The Ambulatory and Racialized Constitution:Channeling Borders and Splintering Citizenship during the War on Terror

My research explores the legal institutional framework and its devices, such as the travel ban, deportations, military commissions, and denationalization among others, that have emerged during the war on terror and that have critically altered the borders of U.S. jurisdiction and have shattered the uniformity of constitutional protection to citizens and foreigners.

Particularly, I focus on the interaction between the extra and intra-territorial dynamics of the legal mechanisms of the war on terror and U.S. borders as artifacts that mobilize and immobilize populations. I rely on race critical theory and (post)colonial studies and make use of a historical comparative methodology and critical legal analysis in order to trace the complex genealogies of each different legal device and to showcase how they have generated differential citizenship by extending jurisdiction beyond U.S. borders and by fragmenting constitutional protections to certain subjects within the country.