Ph.D.                Department of Anthropology, Vanderbilt University, 2016

M.A.                  Department of Anthropology, Vanderbilt University, 2010

B.A.                   Political Economy and Social Movements The Evergreen State College, 2004


2020-Present   Visiting Scholar, Center for Immigration Law, Policy, and Justice, Rutgers Law School

2020-2021         Researcher, Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University

2019                   Junior Guest of the Principal, Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study

2018-Present   Research Associate, Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford

2013-2017         Researcher, Service Employees International Union Local 1021


2022     Cultivating Immigrant Trust in the Garden State: A report on the Implementation of the New Jersey Immigrant Trust Directive. Center for Immigration Law, Policy, and Justice, Rutgers University. (with co-authors Samantha Hing, Patrick Johnson, Joseph F. Lin, and Diana Woody) Available online here.

2021     The State of Immigrant and Refugee Rights in Alameda County: Final Report of the Alameda County Ad Hoc Committee for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. Oakland: Alameda County Board of Supervisors. Available online here.

2019     Investigating and (Not) Disciplining Violations of Sanctuary City Laws." The Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal, 78(3): 641-660.

2019      Turning the Golden State into a Sanctuary State: A Report on the Implementation and Impact of the California Values Act (SB54). San Francisco: Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus, Border Criminologies, and the University of Oxford Centre for Criminology. Available online here.


2019      Sanctuary Cities and Sanctuary Power. In Reece Jones (ed.) Open Borders: In Defense of Free Movement. University of Georgia Press, p. 250-264.


2017      Making Immigrant Rights Real: Non-profits and the Politics of Integration in San Francisco. Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews 46(5): 551-553.

2012      The Birth of a Sanctuary City: A History of Governmental Sanctuary in San Francisco. In Randy K. Lippert and Sean Rehaag (eds.) Sanctuary Practices in International Perspectives: Migration, Citizenship, and Social Movements. Milton Park and New York: Routledge, p.205-218.


2011      Crisis-Management: Tzeltal-Maya Transnational Migration and the Foucauldian Apparatus, Dialectical Anthropology 35(2): 205-225.

Manuscript in Progress


Mancina, Peter A. Sanctuary City in the Age of Mass Deportation


2020-2022      Pratt Grant, Pratt Bequest Fund, Rutgers Law School 

2019                Global Horizons Junior Guest of the Principal Fellowship, Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study

2012-2013      Social Science Dissertation Fellowship, Vanderbilt University

2011-2012      Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, U.S. National Science Foundation


2011-2012      Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, The Wenner-Gren Foundation  


2009-2010      Graduate Research Assistance Fellowship, Vanderbilt University


2009                College of Arts and Science Summer Research Award, Vanderbilt University


2009                Summer Research Grant, Center for Latin American Studies, Vanderbilt University


2007-2009      Graduate Teaching Fellowship,  Vanderbilt University


2021      The Future(s) of Migration Control, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden, September 21, 2021. 

2021      The New Jersey Immigrant Trust Directive Research Project, Rutgers Law School, March 23, 2021.

2019      Investigating and (Not) Disciplining Violations of Sanctuary Laws, University of Southern California Gould School of Law, March 28.

2017      Who's Land is This Land? Working with Immigrants in the Era of Trump, San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, February 1.


2013      The San Francisco Sanctuary Movement, San Francisco Interfaith Council, March 14.                    


2012      The Theology of Sanctuary, San Francisco Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights, February 8, 2012 




2021     The Perpetual Momentum of Failure and the Future of Sanctuary City Governance in San Francisco, Failed Futures Workshop, Stockholm, Sweden, April 16, 2021.     


2019     Governmental Resistance in San Francisco, American Anthropological Association/Canadian Anthropological Society, Vancouver, Canada, November 20-24, 2019. 

2019      The State as Solidarity Apparatus in U.S. Sanctuary Cities, International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, Poznan, Poland, August 27-31.

2018      Sanctuary Policy Horizons: Experiments in the Governance of a Borderless Future, American Anthropological Association, San Jose, California, November 14-18.

2018      ‘To Safeguard the Sanctuary City, We Must Deport the Kids’: The Discourse of the Criminal Immigrant in U.S. Sanctuary Cities, European Association for Social Anthropologists, Stockholm, Sweden, August 14-17.

2018      Confronting dehumanizing speech against immigrants and refugees through local government policy advocacy: Lessons for Central Europe from sanctuary jurisdictions in the United States, Dehumanizing the Other: How to Respond to Islamophobic, Anti-Semitic, Anti-Roma and Anti-Refugee Speech Conference, Budapest, Hungary, June 6.

2018      Sanctuary Cities in the United States: Resisting Bordering Practices and Facilitating Deportations, Migrant Narratives and the City Conference, Budapest, Hungary, April 27-28.


2021      Chair and Co-Organizer with Christina Garsten, Failed Futures Workshop, Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research (SCORE), Stockholm University, April 16, 2021.

2019       Chair and Co-Organizer with James Holston, When Cities Resist: Insurgent Urban Citizenship and the Changing Climate of Democratic Municipalism panel, American Anthropological Association/Canadian Anthropological Society, Vancouver, Canada, November 20-24, 2019. 



Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (fall 2007, spring 2008)

Introduction to Biological Anthropology (fall 2008)

Maya Archaeology (spring 2009)



Reviewer, Citizenship Studies, 2019-Present

Reviewer, Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology, 2019-Present

Evaluator, European Commission H2020 Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowships, Budapest, Hungary, 2018


Advisor, Report: Protecting Data, Protecting Residents: 10 Principles for Responsible Municipal Data Management. Sunlight Foundation Report, San Francisco, California, 2017


Advisor, Safe Transit Policy (sanctuary policy), Bay Area Rapid Transit Authority (BART), Oakland, California, 2017.


Advisor, Sanctuary Campus Policies, Faculty Senates and University Administrations throughout the United States, 2016-2017.


Book Review Editor, Border Criminologies, University of Oxford, 2018-Present.




American Anthropological Association, 2007-Present         

European Association for Social Anthropologists, 2018-Present

International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, 2018-Present.