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US-Mexico Border Policy in the Age of Terrorism, 2017
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An essay for the Journal of Political Inquiry detailing U.S. border policy between 2001 and 2015. The report illustrates how United States immigration policy shifted to an issue of homeland security after the September 11 terrorist attacks. Immigration policy adopted a mission of enforcement with increased border security through the reorganization of federal agencies and the creation of the Department of Homeland Security.

BLOCKED Muslim Ban 2.0, 2017
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An op-ed for the Journal of Political Inquiry about President Trump's revised executive order to ban travel into the United States from people of predominately Muslim countries. Published on 16 March 2017.

Local Leaders Resit Trump Immigration Order, 2017
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An article for the Journal of Political Inquiry about President Trump's executive orders to construct a border wall with Mexico and increase efforts to detain and deport undocumented immigrants. The article includes analysis from Melissa Mark-Viverto, the speaker of the New York City Council, and Alina Das, the co-director of Immigrant Rights Clinic in New York City. Published on 28 January 2017.

Surge In US Citizenship Applications as Immigrants Demand the Vote, 2016
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An article for the Journal of Political Inquiry about the increase in citizenship applications leading to the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The article includes original research of immigration data and interviews with experts in immigration policy and legal services. Published on 2 November 2016.
 

The Hazards of Hillary, 2016
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An op-ed for the Journal of Political Inquiry about the hazards of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. Published on 10 October 2016.

Gender Pay Gap, 2016
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A deck analyzing the U.S. gender pay gap in the context of two factors, skill and temporal flexibility. 

Martin Luther Imagined, 2016
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An imagined sermon given by Martin Luther against Pope Leo X after the nailing of his Ninety-five Theses on the door of All Saints' Church in the German town of Wittenberg on the river Elbe in 1517.

Remarks at the Congregational United Church of Christ, 2016
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An imagined speech by Hillary Clinton before the Congregational United Church of Christ in Iowa City, Iowa. Aware of her narrow path to victory in the battleground state during the 2016 presidential election, I imagine Hillary Clinton speaking to Iowa's radical abolitionist roots to encourage President Obama supporters into her fold. 

H.P.F, The Paper & Roomservice Magazine, 2013-2015
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I was a contributing writer to H.P.F, The Paper published by H.P. France Group between 2013 and 2015. My monthly column focused on New York City fashion, culture, and lifestyle. The travel article "Wanderlust" on Iceland was featured on the front page January 2015 Issue. In addition, I was an editor and translator of Roomservice Magazine by the public relations firm PR01. 

Reflection, 2009
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A reflection in grievance to writers and the act of writing itself.

Bone Machine, 2009
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A short personal essay describing a common injury.

Kids, 2009
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A personal essay reflecting on the loss adolescence through death. The essay was inspired by the novella, Tinereţe fără tinereţe (Youth without youth), by Romanian author by Mircea Eliade.

Lexington Avenue, 2009
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A personal essay describing a commute on New York City's Metropolitan Transit Authority subway train.

Tokyo, 2009
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A personal essay describing an incident aboard a flight from Detroit to New York City.

Jerzees, 2009
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A profile of Norma Estella Meija Castellano, a garment factory worker and labor activist in Honduras. After her efforts to unionize led to the factory's closing, Norma Estella Meija Castellano traveles to the U.S. to petition retailers to cancel contracts with the the garment manufacture's parent company, Russell Athletics.

Shower, 2009
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An essay describing the teen pregnancy of Rachel Genia and the baby shower for her newborn daughter, Zezalyn.

Postcard From România, 2009
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A personal essay describing a family feud in the city of Târgu Jiu, România.

Chop Logic, 2008
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A short fiction story about a couple purchasing veal at the supermarket.

Funeral, 2008
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An essay describing a graveyard and grave plots, like of the scientist Thomas Francis who was the first to successfully isolate the influenza virus that led to the polio vaccine.

La Lucha Sigue, 2008
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An essay framed in two concurring scenes-- at the Hidalgo Processing Center on the U.S.-Mexico border and at a Felipe Muñoz Pavón speech. The scenes mirror one another to give account of the 1940s bracero (Mexican guest-worker) program.

The Life Pursuit, 2008
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A profile of Heidi Gieb, a custodial worker at a university residential hall. Cleaning facilities while studying at the graduate-level in divinity school, Heidi Gieb describes her day-to-day and her greater pursuit of a ministry to serve the poor and juvenile.

 

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Sad Boys Club, 2013

Sad Boys Club, 2013
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A gift to Adam Jennison to commemorate his twenty-fourth birthday. Saddle stitch binding. Printed in New York City.

 

Kids, 2014
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Based on the 2009 personal essay of the same name, a reflection on the loss adolescence through death. The essay was inspired by the novella, Tinereţe fără tinereţe (Youth without youth), by Romanian author by Mircea Eliade. Saddle stitch binding. Printed in New York City. 

Wayne-Count-Roads

Wanye Count Roads, 2014
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A personal essay contribution to Rustbelt Resilience zine. The essay underlines the heritage of furniture manufacturing in Michigan, and the repudiation of home. Edited and printed in Grand Rapids, Michigan by Ashley E. Douglas.

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HP Deco New York, 2015
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A project proposal to the company HP France Group for a modern home furnishings flagship retail store. Unbounded. Printed in New York City.


Continental Breakup, 2015
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Based on a 2014 letter to Adam Jennison, Icelandic plate tectonics is used as metaphor to describe a relationship. Saddle stitch binding. Printed in New York City.

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