Jeff Erbig

2020 Hellman Fellow

Assistant Professor; Languages and Applied Linguistics
UC Santa Cruz

Project Title: Deportation As Colonization

Project Description: This project analyzes deportation in the Americas via its historical connections to Indigenous dispossession. It examines Iberian colonial efforts to forcibly transfer purported criminals to contested borderlands while at the same time banishing Indigenous captives from those borderlands to penal colonies or elsewhere. I posit that these practices aimed to create spatial hierarchies of law and capital accumulation by rearranging racialized bodies and that similar logics undergird present-day deportation regimes. Building upon hundreds of casefiles on deportation to and from Brazil, and with the support of a Hellman Fellowship, I will now conduct intensive archival research in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, and Spain and begin developing a public-facing digital mapping project.