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Dr. Jill M. Williams is a feminist social scientist, qualitative researcher, and program developer focused on understanding inequitable social systems and contributing to their transformation. Dr. Williams holds an MA in Women's Studies from the University of Cincinnati and a PhD in Geography from Clark University. She is trained as a feminist political geographer and has researched contemporary US border enforcement practices for over a decade. In her research, she employs a feminist geopolitical approach to understand the material, discursive, and affective processes through which border enforcement practices play out and how they shape the lived experiences of individuals and communities. She currently serves as the Principal Investigator (with Co-PI, Kate Coddington, SUNY-Albany) of a National Science Foundation funded project examining the use of public information campaigns as a tool of border governance in the US and Australia. Past research has examined the criminalization of humanitarian aid and uneven practices of migrant detention and release in southern Arizona.

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Courses
  • GBMR
    Global Borders, Migration and Refugees

  • GG
    Geography & Gender

Grants
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    Collaborative Research: HDR DSC: Building Capacity in Data Science through Biodiversity, Conservation, and General Education

    Key Personnel (KP)

    2021

    $173.4K
    Active
  • Funding agency logo
    We Bee Scientists

    Co-Investigator (COI)

    2021

    $33.0K
    Active
  • Funding agency logo
    Examining Public Information Campaigns as a Strategy of Border Enforcement

    Principal Investigator (PI)

    2019

    $393.4K
    Active
  • Funding agency logo
    Diving Into Task Assignment Bias

    Co-Investigator (COI)

    2019

    $28.4K
News
  • Examining Public Information Campaigns as a Strategy of Border Enforcement

    2019

  • Haury Program Announces Fellowships and Seed Grants

    2017

  • WISE Program Promotes Biodiversity Learning in K-12 Schools

    2017

  • UA Athletic Trainer Achieves His Own Olympic Dream

    2016

  • Olympics Roundup: Wildcats Bring Home Five Medals

    2012

  • Who's Who From the UA at the Olympics

    2012

  • 2012 Olympic Schedule Robust with UA-Linked Participants

    2012

  • UA Contributes to the Olympic Movement

    2012

  • Wildcats Well Represented at T&F Olympic Trials

    2012

  • Arizona Well-Represented in 2012 Olympics

    2012

Publications (38)
Recent
  • Deterring transnational migration: public information campaigns, affective governmentality, and the family

    2023

  • Relational enforcement: The family and the expanding scope of border enforcement

    2022

  • Lessons learned designing the HydroGEN machine learning platform for hydrologic exploration: a story of collaboration between hydrologic scientists, software developers …

    2021

  • Sandtank-ML: An Educational Resource at the Interface of Hydrology and Machine Learning

    2021

  • Sandtank-ML: an educational tool at the interface of hydrology and machine learning

    2021

  • Sandtank-ML: An Educational Tool at the Interface of Hydrology and Machine Learning. Water 2021, 13, 3328

    2021

  • Feminist Periscoping in Research on Border Enforcement and Human Rights

    2021

  • The quantification of hop landing balance using trunk mounted accelerometry

    2020

  • Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on University of Arizona’s Undergraduate STEM Students

    2020

  • Fleeting Grievability: The Spatial and Affective Politics of Migrant Tragedy

    2020

  • Feminist political geographies: Critical reflections, new directions

    2020

  • The Bio/Diversity Project 2020 Report

    2020

  • Understanding the Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on University of Arizona's STEM Graduate Students

    2020

  • “This whole process has turned me into ‘that’teacher!”: Teacher leaders in a post-truth era

    2019

  • The Status of Women in STEM at the University of Arizona

    2019

  • Becoming leaders of resistance in a post-truth era

    2019

  • Feminist Geopolitics: Material States, Deborah. P. Dixon, Ashgate, Farnham, UK (2015), xii and 189 pp., maps, photos, illustrations, notes, bibliography, index. $46.71 paper …

    2019

  • “They have a lot more freedom than they know”: Science education as a space for radical openness

    2019

  • Affecting migration: Public information campaigns and the intimate spatialities of border enforcement

    2019

  • Alter-geopolitics and the feminist challenge to the securitization of climate policy

    2019

  • Finding the freedom to resist: Connecting everyday and spectacular resistance

    2018

  • Crisis, subjectivity, and the polymorphous character of immigrant family detention in the United States

    2017

  • 6 Managing capacity, shifting burdens

    2016

  • The safety/security nexus and the humanitarianisation of border enforcement

    2016

  • Engendering violence in de/hyper-nationalized spaces: Border militarization, state territorialization, and embodied politics at the US–Mexico border

    2016

  • Managing capacity, shifting burdens: Social reproduction and the intimate economies of immigrant family detention

    2016

  • Border enforcement, biophysical violence, and the ambiguities of humanitarian intervention in the borderlands of the global North

    2016

  • From humanitarian exceptionalism to contingent care: Care and enforcement at the humanitarian border

    2015

  • When Arrest Becomes Rescue: Border Enforcement and the Politics of Humanitarianism at the US-Mexico Border

    2013

  • Fear, loathing and the everyday geopolitics of encounter in the Arizona borderlands

    2013

  • Feminist geopolitics: Unpacking (in) security, animating social change

    2013

  • Feminist geopolitics

    2013

  • Engendering violence in de/hyper-nationalized spaces: Border militarization, state territorialization, and embodied politics at the US-Mexico border

    2013

  • INTRODUCTION TO THE SPECIAL SECTION Feminist Geopolitics: Unpacking (In) Security, Animating Social Change

    2013

  • Feminist Geopolitics: Unpacking (In)Security, Animating Social Change

    2013

  • Intervention–homeland security and the Precarity of life in the borderlands

    2012

  • Protection as subjection: Discourses of vulnerability and protection in post-9/11 border enforcement efforts

    2011

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