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Felicity Amaya Schaeffer

Research Interests

Transnational feminism, migration, Latin American/Latino studies, Chicana/o studies, technology and the body, sexuality

Biography, Education and Training

Felicity Amaya Schaeffer is Professor of the Feminist Studies Department and the Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Department as well as an Affiliate Faculty in Latin American and Latinx Studies. Her first book, Love and Empire: Cybermarriage and Citizenship Across the Americas (New York University Press, 2013), follows Internet-mediated marriages across the United States, Colombia, and Mexico alongside neo-colonial fantasies of racial and gendered difference across borders. Her second book, Unsettled Borders: The Militarized Surveillance on Sacred Indigenous Land (Duke University Press, 2021) re-maps the virtual border war alongside the ongoing settler colonial war with Indigenous peoples. She was also one of the editors of the Anthology, Precarity & Belonging: Labor, Migration, and Noncitizenship (Rutgers 2021) and has published articles in a variety of international journals in Mexico, France, and Brazil, and U.S. journals such as Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society; American Quarterly; Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience, and Sexualities Journal.

Selected Publications

  • Books

  • Love and Empire: Cybermarriage and Citizenship Across the Americas, New York University Press, January, 2013.

  • Tracking Footprints: The Militarized Science of Surveillance Bordering Sacred Indigenous Land, forthcoming, Duke University Press, 2021.

  • Select Articles
  • “Spirit-Matters: Gloria Anzaldúa’s Cosmic Becoming Across Human/Nonhuman Borderlands.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 43 (4), May 2018.    https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/pdfplus/10.1086/696630

  • “BioRobotics: Surveillance and the Automation of Biological Life,” Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience 4 (1), 2018.https://catalystjournal.org/index.php/catalyst/article/view/29635/pdf

  • “Transnationalism: Gender and Queer approaches,” Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks: Gender Studies, 2015.

  • "Flexible Technologies of Subjectivity and Mobility across the Americas," Special Issue of the American Quarterly Journal: Rewiring the 'Nation': The Place of Technology in American Studies, Fall 2006.

  • “Cyber-brides and Global Imaginaries: Mexican Women’s turn from the National to the Foreign,” in eds. Denise A. Segura and Patricia Zavella, Women and Migration in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands: A Reader.  Durham: Duke University Press, 2007.

  • "Planet-Love.com: Cyberbrides in the Americas and the Transnational Routes of U.S. Masculinity," Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Winter 2006 (vol. 30, no.2).

  • “Cyberbrides and Global Imaginaries: Mexican Women’s Turn from the National to the Foreign,” In Space and Culture: International Journal of Social Sciences 7, no. 1 (Feb 2004): 33-48.