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Michelle Pfeifer (she/they) is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University whose research focuses on the intersections between (digital) media technology, migration and border studies, and gender and sexuality studies. Michelle’s dissertation examines the role of media technologies in the operations of European border, migration, and asylum regimes. She particularly focuses on sound and forms of listening as crucial sensory registers operative in border and migration control and security infrastructures and places those contemporary technological and media formations within genealogies of colonialism to decenter discourses that frame migration as crises. Michelle’s research has been published in Citizenship Studies and Culture Machine and will be featured in the forthcoming anthology Thinking with an Accent from the University of California Press. She has co-edited the special issue “The Sexual Politics of Border Control” published in Ethnic and Racial Studies and has co-organized the international symposium “Sexuality and Borders” at NYU. Michelle teaches courses on media and identity and methods in media studies at NYU. She is also the recipient of a doctoral research fellowship from the Berlin Program at Free University Berlin and a dissertation fieldwork grant from the Wenner-Gren foundation as well as grants from the NYU Migration Network and the Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies. Michelle is an alumna of the German National Academic Foundation and holds an MA in Social and Cultural Analysis from NYU and a BA from Amsterdam University College.


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