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Sociopolitics of Migrant Death and Repatriation
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Forward.- Preface.- Part I: Beyond Local Jurisdictions: Science in a Global Web of Relations.- Chapter 1: Introduction.- Chapter 2: All that Remains.- Chapter 3: Capitalism and Crisis in Central America.- Chapter 4: Naming State Crimes, Naming the Dead: Immigration Policy and "the New Disappeared" in the United States and Mexico.- Chapter 5: Loss, Uncertainty and Action: Ethnographic Encounters with Families of the Missing in the Central America-Mexico-US Corridor.- Chapter 6: The Geography of Migrant Death: Implications for Policy and Forensic Science.- Chapter 7: "Follow the Power Lines Until You Hit a Road:" Contextualizing Humanitarian Forensic Science in South Texas.- Part II: Producing and Situating Forensic Science Knowledge.- Chapter 8: Digging, Dollars and Drama: The Economics of Forensic Archaeology and Migrant Exhumation.- Chapter 9: Expanding the Role of Forensic Anthropology in a Humanitarian Crisis: An Example from the United States-Mexico Border.- Chapter 10: Identifying Difference: Forensic Methods and the Uneven Playing Field of Repatriation.- Chapter 11: Bodies in Limbo: Issues in Identification and Repatriation of Migrant Remains in South Texas.- Chapter 12: Dialog across States & Agencies: Juggling Ethical Concerns of Forensic Anthropologists north of the U.S.-Mexico Border.- Chapter 13: Charting Future Directions.

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Dr. Krista Erin Latham is an Associate Professor of Biology and Anthropology at the University of Indianapolis, where she has taught since 2007. She is also the Director of the University of Indianapolis Human Identification Center. She received her B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from the University of North Texas in 2000, her M.S. in Human Biology from the University of Indianapolis in 2003, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Temple University in 2006 and 2008. Dr. Latham is a Board Certified Forensic Anthropologist (D-ABFA) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Her research investigates different aspects of human biological variation, skeletal biology, population genetics and skeletal DNA and she has produced numerous scientific publications. She currently serves as a Consulting Forensic Anthropologist for police, coroners, and pathologists in the Midwestern U.S. and has delivered numerous lectures for state and local agencies around the country. Dr. Latham also serves as a DNA Expert in the U.S. Federal Court System.

Dr. Alyson O'Daniel is is an Assistant Professor of Medical and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her scholarship and teaching explore intersections of state power, policy, and practice, social and bodily vulnerability, and health care inequality in United States. She has worked for fourteen years on discerning racial, class, and gendered dimensions of HIV-related health inequalities, and the relationships between federal public health care policy and the structure and content of local initiatives for the health care and support of HIV-positive women. During this time, she has conducted extensive ethnographic research among HIV-positive women and their service providers in Denver, Colorado, "Midway," North Carolina, and Indianapolis, Indiana. Her HIV/AIDS related work has been published in journals such as Medical Anthropology, Human Organization, and Transforming Anthropology. Her recent book-length ethnography, Holding On: African American Women Surviving HIV/AIDS, was published by University of Nebraska Press in 2016. More recently, Dr. O'Daniel's research program has expanded to include examining response to the migrant death crisis in South Texas. In partnership with the humanitarian forensic science team from the University of Indianapolis, the project explores volunteer forensic science as a crucial, yet politically-fraught part of the human migration story.

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