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Elise Hjalmarson

My name is Elise and I am an educator, researcher, and activist. I am a second-year Phd Candidate in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology and a Research Assistant at the Global Migration Centre at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. Previously, I taught Latin American Studies for Kulturstudier and the Universidad National Autónoma de Nicaragua. I am also the co-founder of Radical Action with Migrants in Agriculture (RAMA), a migrant justice collective based in western Canada that supports temporary agricultural workers. Originally from British Columbia, in the last five years I have lived in Canada, Nicaragua, Switzerland, Germany, and Spain, and contributed to both scholarly and popular articles related to migration. I am presently undertaking my PhD fieldwork in Madrid, where I am also working on the ERC-funded project, "Returning to a Better Place: The (Re)assessment of the "Good Life" in Times of Crisis".


  • –present
    PhD Candidate in Anthropology and Sociology, Graduate Institute – Institut de hautes études internationales et du développement (IHEID)


  • 2016 
    The University of British Columbia, Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (Political Science and Sociology)


  • 2019
    ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, Border imperialism, racial capitalism, and geographies of deracination
  • 2018
    International Journal of Comparative Sociology, Quiet struggles: Migrant farmworkers, informal labor, and everyday resistance in Canada
  • 2015
    Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, Race, food and borders: Situating migrant struggle in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia

Professional Memberships

  • American Anthropological Association