Lauren Heidbrink is an anthropologist and Assistant Professor in Human Development at California State University, Long Beach. Her research and teaching interests include childhood and youth, transnational migration, performance and identity, engaged methodologies and Central America. She is author of Migrant Youth, Transnational Families, and the State: Care and Contested Interests (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014), an ethnography on unaccompanied child migration and detention in the U.S. She is currently completing a manuscript on the migration and deportation of indigenous Guatemalan youth. She is co-founder and editor of Youth Circulations (www.youthcirculations.com), a curated digital exhibit tracing the real and imagined circulations of global youth. She received a doctorate in anthropology from Johns Hopkins University and a MA/MS in International Public Service Management from DePaul University.
As the recipient of Fulbright Schuman 70th Anniversary Scholar Award, Dr. Heidbrink will conduct a mixed-method study on the experiences of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in Europe, including Greece, Italy, Belgium and the United Kingdom.