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University of Delaware109 Munroe HallNewark, DE 19716<div class="ExternalClass8069692F8EB04E2A8B1DB49C6A8B4E2E"><p></p><p>Georgina Ramsay is a cultural anthropologist specialized in political and legal anthropology. Her work focuses on the overarching question: What does it mean to be displaced in a world where precarity and instability increasingly seem to be the norm? Her research areas include refugees, citizenship and sovereignty, humanitarianism and human rights, exploitation and extractivism, homelessness and economic insecurity. Her work aims to contextualize the movement of forced migrants worldwide within shared frames of experience and global complicity, thinking through how contemporary experiences of displacement reflect and reinforce long-standing structures of inequality and call into question collective futures of prosperity. </p><p>Dr. Ramsay is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology and an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences at the University of Delaware. She is currently the co-editor of the journal <a href="https://polarjournal.org/about/" target="_blank"><em>Political and Legal Anthropology Review</em></a><em> </em>and a board member of the <a href="https://politicalandlegalanthro.org/" target="_blank">Association for Political and Legal Anthropology</a>. She has conducted anthropological fieldwork with refugees in Australia, Uganda and the United States, with internally displaced people in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and with people experiencing homelessness in the United States. She is the author of <a href="https://www.routledge.com/Impossible-Refuge-The-Control-and-Constraint-of-Refugee-Futures/Ramsay/p/book/9780367229634#:~:text=Impossible%20Refuge%20calls%20for%20new%2cgeneral%20condition%20of%20our%20time." target="_blank"><em>Impossible Refuge: The Control and Constraint of Refugee Futures</em></a><em> </em>(Routledge 2018), and she has published articles in a number of journals including <em>Humanity, Anthropological Theory, Critique of Anthropology, Public Culture, Anthropological Quarterly, Political and Legal Anthropology Review </em>and<em> Social Analysis, </em>among others. Her writing has also been published in public media outlets, including <em>Slate, The Conversation </em>and <em>New Matilda. </em>In 2016, an article she wrote, "Election Fact Check: Are Many Refugees Illiterate and Innumerate?" was selected for inclusion in <em>The Conversation Yearbook 2016: 50 Standout Articles from Australia's Top Thinkers. </em></p><p>With climate change, political instability and economic precarity continuing to destabilize life around the globe, in her future projects Dr. Ramsay plans to continue focusing on displacement as a lens through which to link localized experiences of instability to the collective stakes of our global future. A migrant within the United States herself, Dr. Ramsay is committed to making the world—and her local community—more safe, welcoming and receptive to all human beings, regardless of their legal, political, social and economic backgrounds.​<br></p><p> </p></div><div class="ExternalClassA3271B5FEAF140AD883A01E3A1AD237B"><p>Publicly accessible samples of her work include the following:<br></p><ul><li><a href="https://muse.jhu.edu/article/847113/pdf" target="_blank">Cabot, H. and Ramsay, G. 2021. De-Exceptionalizing Displacement: An Introduction. </a><a href="https://muse.jhu.edu/article/847113/pdf"><em>Humanity </em></a><a href="https://muse.jhu.edu/article/847113/pdf">12(3): 286-299.</a></li><li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bz-TbNNLjrY" target="_blank">What do we learn when we 'de-exceptionalize' displacement? Dr. Heath Cabot and Dr. Georgina Ramsay in conversation with Bridget Anderson</a></li><li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqiKkl2DSAg&t=202s" target="_blank">TEDxDelaware: Refugees, Citizens, and the Rise of Displacement </a></li><li><a href="https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/08/ebola-congo-emergency-poverty.html" target="_blank">Ebola in the Congo: The Real Emergency is Poverty</a><br></li></ul><p><br></p></div>gramsay@udel.eduRamsay, Georgina302-831-1858<img alt="" src="/Images%20Bios/Ramsay.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Assistant Professor

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