Mitchell Snider

  • PhD
  • Geography
Lexington, KY
(859) 457-0332
Other Affiliations:
  • Social Theory
  • Association of American Geographers (AAG)
  • (dis)closure
  • International Center
Research Interests:

I currently hold a Ph.D. from the Department of Geography. My interests include migration, Latino/a studies, mobilities, identity, social difference, postcolonialism, and other critical perspectives that can help to better understand the world we live in. For my dissertation research, I analyzed how the urban socio-spatial mobilities of immigrants affected Latino immigrants' experiences of social exclusion/inclusion and feelings of belonging. I completed my MA thesis at UK as well through a study of Latino migrants' constructions of masculinities in transnational social spaces. I currently reside in Lexington, teach two courses in the College of Agriculture at the University of Kentucky. I also am the Manager of International Relations at the University of Kentucky International Center.   


My research examines the material and imagined socio-spatial mobilities of Latina/o immigrants in the neighborhood of East Boston, MA. The significance of this study is four-fold. First, it forges an innovative theoretical perspective that incorporates the analysis of immigrant socio-spatial mobilities into a study of immigrant belonging and exclusion. Second, it contributes an empirical study that utilizes and critiques some of the migration literature from the 'mobilities turn' as well as intersectional methodologies. Intersectional analyses do not impose categories of difference from the outset; instead, they rely on an analysis of how identities are created through multiple, shifting and embodied interactions. It also contributes to, critiques, and refines some ideas from the mobilities literatures through engagements with emotional geographies, photo-elicitation methods, and the concept of onward migration. Third, this inductive and qualitative study will expand our understanding of current federal, state, and municipal immigration policies and practices, everyday experiences and encounters, and the importance of mobility from immigrants’ perspectives and will therefore have transformative potential for immigrant communities in Boston and other US cities. Fourth, the proposed research has policy significance through its exploration of Latin American immigrants’ mobilities (or the lack thereof). This will help to suggest various ways to enhance and improve immigrant belonging and political participation for urban policy makers, immigrant advocacy organizations, as well as immigrants themselves.


Selected Publications: 

Snider, M. ‘Moving Encounters: Latinas/os about town in East Boston, MA’ in Emotion, Space and Society [accepted 9/29/2016]

‘Being a man in the horse capital: Mexican farmworkers’ masculinities in Kentucky’. Submitted to Gender, Place and Culture. [accepted pending approved revisions]

Samers, M. and Snider, M. 2015. Why does the work of immigrants differ so little between countries? In Bauder, H. and Shields, J. eds. Immigration, Integration, and the Settlement Experience in North America. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press.

Snider, M. 2014. Review of “New York and Amsterdam: Immigration and the New Urban Landscape.” Foner, N. Rath, J., Duyvendak, J.W., van Reekum, R. eds. 2014. International Migration Review. (In press)

Snider, M 2012. Review of “Mobilities: new perspectives on transport and society.” Grieco, M. and Urry, J. eds. 2011. Emotion, Space and Society.

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