Jenna M. Loyd is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her first book Health Rights Are Civil Rights: Peace and Justice Activism in Los Angeles, 1963-1978 (2014, University of Minnesota Press) investigates everyday understandings of health and violence and people’s grassroots mobilizations for health and social justice. She is the co-editor, with Matt Mitchelson and Andrew Burridge, of Beyond Walls and Cages: Prisons, Borders, and Global Crisis (2012, University of Georgia Press), which won the Past Presidents’ Award from the Association of Borderlands Studies. She and Alison Mountz have a forthcoming book (University of California Press, 2018) on the late- and post-Cold War history of United States migration detention and border deterrence policy entitled Boats, Borders, and Bases: Race, the Cold War, and the Rise of Migration Detention in the United States.
Her current and recently completed research projects include Transforming Justice, a transdisciplinary project (with co-PIs Anne Bonds, Lorraine Halinka Malcoe, Jenny Plevin, and Robert Smith) documenting the harms of mass criminalization and efforts to redefine health and safety from the perspective of criminalized community members in Milwaukee. She is a co-PI with Patricia Ehrkamp and Anna Secor on an NSF-funded research project entitled the Geopolitics of Trauma, which examines how the PTSD diagnosis is mobilized in making refugee status determinations and in the resettlement process for Iraqi refugees coming to the U.S. Her new research examines the health consequences of migration policing.