About

majuana

Facilitating a Philosophy for Children session at the Biblioteca Independiente Ma’Juana in Ciudad Juárez, México

Welcome to my personal website! I am a philosopher, writer, and philosophy for children scholar-practitioner.

I am Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and participating faculty in the Latinx and Latin American Studies Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. My primary research interests, which tend to overlap, are in political philosophy, with a special focus on migration issues, Latin American and Latinx philosophy, bioethics, feminist philosophy, and philosophy for children.

I am the author of Socially Undocumented: Identity and Immigration Justice (Oxford University Press, 2020), and the co-editor of Latin American Immigration Ethics (University of Arizona Press, forthcoming in 2021) and Ética, Política, y Migración (UACJ Press).

Currently, I am developing a feminist theory of borders as part of my in-progress monograph Intimate Borders: Feminism at the Boundaries of the State. Drawing upon recent border theory, Latin American, Latina, and Indigenous feminist philosophies, and several prominent philosophical accounts of intimacy and privacy, I explore how borders systematically violate intimacy in ways that perpetuate social injustice. I pay particular attention to ways in which crossing borders for abortion and prenatal care often constitutes intimacy violation, as well as the unique experiences of LGBTQ and Indigenous border-crossers. I argue for a non-utopian, feminist vision of open borders.

I also have integrated teaching, research and community outreach interests in philosophy for children (P4C), and am a  Whiting Public Engagement Fellow. I am the founding director of two  P4C programs: the Oaxaca Philosophy for Children Initiative in Oaxaca City, Mexico, and the Philosophy for Children in the Borderlands program in El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. Toward the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and through my Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship, I  created a free, virtual, asynchronous P4C course in Spanish, which can be accessed and used here. Recently, I started developing a P4C program for Las Vegas schools.

When I can find the time to do so, I also enjoy writing short fiction, features, op-eds and poetry. I have written for Salon, Ms. Magazine, Psyche, BBC News Online, The Guardian, The Morning Call, The News (Mexico City), In Madrid, and other publications. You can access some of my published non-academic writings here. I am also an opera fan and Iyengar yoga enthusiast.

Contact me at amyreedsandoval@gmail.com.