Alison Mountz

Alison Mountz is a geographer and Canada Research Chair in Global Migration at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario. She explores how people migrate across borders, access migration and asylum policies, survive detention, resist war, and create safe havens. Mountz’s monographs include Seeking Asylum: Human Smuggling and Bureaucracy at the Border (University of Minnesota Press, 2010), Boats, Borders, and Bases: Race, the Cold War, and the Rise of Migration Detention in the United States (University of California Press, 2018, with Jenna Loyd), and The Death of Asylum: Hidden Geographies of the Enforcement Archipelago (University of Minnesota Press, 2020). Mountz directs Laurier’s International Migration Research Centre and edits the journal Politics & Space.