About

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I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and participating faculty in the Latin American and Latinx Studies Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. My primary research interests, which tend to overlap, are in the political philosophy of immigration, Latin American and Latinx philosophy, bioethics, and philosophy for children.

My first book, Socially Undocumented: Identity and Immigration Justice, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press (Critical Philosophy of Race series) in December 2019. In broad strokes, my book explores how “being socially undocumented” is operative as a “real” social identity, as well as what this means for immigration justice in the United States and on a global scale. More specifically, I argue that people with “socially undocumented identity” are those who are (a) presumed to be undocumented on the mere basis of their appearance; and (b) subjected to demeaning, immigration-related constraints on that basis. The fact that many people experience both (a) and (b) constitutes, I argue, immigration injustice in the United States and beyond. While many people are both legally and socially undocumented, one can, in fact, have legal permission to be in the United States and still be socially undocumented.

My current research project focuses on the ways in which crossing U.S. state and national borders for pregnancy-related medical care (including prenatal care, labor and delivery, and abortion care) impacts pregnant people’s self-trust and autonomy in the context of their pregnancy-related medical encounters. In 2016-2017, I  conducted ethnographic research in the El Paso-Ciudad Juárez area through which I explored the experiences of Mexican women who travel from Juárez to El Paso to seek prenatal care and give birth in the United States. In the summer of 2017, I received an NIH Building Scholars Grant that enabled me to undertake a pilot project in two Albuquerque-based abortion clinics. As part of this research, I studied the experiences of women who had to cross U.S. borders to legally terminate pregnancies in their second or third trimesters.

Finally, I also have integrated teaching, research and outreach interests in philosophy for children (P4C). I am the founding director of two  P4C programs: the Oaxaca Philosophy for Children Initiative, a non-profit program that provides free pre-college philosophy courses to K-12 youth in Oaxaca City, Mexico, and the Philosophy for Children in the Borderlands program in El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. I also serve on the American Philosophical Association Committee on Pre-College Instruction in Philosophy. Here is a short documentary about the Philosophy for Children in the Borderlands program.

Contact me at amyreedsandoval@gmail.com.

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