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Jamie Winders

Jamie Winders

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310A Maxwell Hall

Jamie Winders

Professor, Geography and the Environment Department

Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, Syracuse University

Senior Research Associate, Autonomous Systems Policy Institute

Senior Research Associate, Center for Qualitative and Multi-Method Inquiry

Senior Research Associate, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2004


Jamie Winders is professor of geography and the environment and associate provost for faculty affairs at Syracuse University. Her research focuses on four themes: (1) the design, regulation and social impacts of emerging technologies, especially autonomous systems and artificial intelligence, (2) international migration and the politics of belonging, (3) racial formations and dynamics, and (4) the politics of social reproduction.

Her work is interdisciplinary and draws on a range of methods, including oral histories, archival work, discourse analysis, interviews and life and work histories. Winders is editor-in-chief of the International Migration Review, the flagship journal in migration studies, and associate editor of cultural geographies. She also has interests in historical geography and the role of postcolonial theory in thinking about human geographies more broadly and frequently writes about critical pedagogy and digital geographies. In all her work, Prof. Winders situates her research at the intersection of academia, policy and advocacy.

Areas of Expertise

Autonomous systems, artificial intelligence, international migration, race/ethnicity, gender, cultural and social geography, social theory, social reproduction, feminist geography, qualitative methods, digital geographies

Research Grant Awards and Projects

"Editor for the International Migration Review (IMR)", Sponsored by Center for Migration Studies.

"Developing a UAV Testing Lab and Collaborative Research Projects - Subproject for Institution # 29403", Sponsored by New York State Department of Economic Development.

"Environmental Monitoring and Geoscience Surveying Applications for SU sUAS - Subproject for Institution # SP-29403-2", Sponsored by New York State Department of Economic Development.

"Immigration and the Politics of Citizenship and Race: Doctoral Dissertation Research", Sponsored by National Science Foundation.

"Colonial Governance and Marronage in the French Caribbean, 1790 - 1850: Doctoral Dissertation Research", Sponsored by National Science Foundation.

Selected Publications

  • Books
    • Winders, J. L., Nashville in the New Millennium: Immigrant Settlement, Urban Transformation, and Social Belonging. Russell Sage Foundation, 2013.
    • The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Cultural Geography. Schein, R., Johnson, N. and Winders, J. L. (eds.) Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.
  • Journal Articles
    • Winders, J. L., Smith, B. E., "Social Reproduction and Capitalist Production: A Genealogy of Dominant Imaginaries." Progress in Human Geography, 2019.
    • Winders, J. L., "Finding a Way into (Feminist) Economic Geography." Environment and Planning A, 2016.
    • Winders, J. L., "Immigration and the 2016 Election." Southeastern Geographer, 2016.
    • Winders, J. L., "From Journals to Classrooms: Theory and Teaching in Cultural Geography." Journal of Cultural Geography, 2014.
    • Winders, J. L., "New Immigrant Destinations in Global Context." International Migration Review, 2014.
    • Winders, J. L., Mains, S., Gilmartin, M., Cullen, D., Mohammad, R., Tolia-Kelly, D. and Raghuram, P., "Postcolonial Migrations: Postcolonialism Migrates?." Social and Cultural Geography, 2013.
    • Winders, J. L., Schein, R., "Race and Diversity: What Have We Learned?." Professional Geographer, 2013.
  • Book Chapters
    • Winders, J. L., "International Migration Review and the Complexity of Migration." In World Migration Report 2020. Bevelandar, P., Feliciano, C., Garip, F. and Hall, M. (eds.) International Organization for Migration, 2019.
    • Winders, J. L., VanRamshorst, J., "Transit Migration, Borders, and Activism: The Changing Geographies and Temporalities of International Migration." In Overcoming Intractable Conflicts: New Approaches to Constructive Transformations. Elman, M. F., Gerard, C., Golan, G. and Kriesberg, L. (eds.) Rowman and Littlefield, 2019.
    • Winders, J. L., Old Maps and New Neighbors: The Spatial Politics of Immigrant Settlement. Sugrue, T., Vitiello, D. (eds.) University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017.
    • Winders, J. L., "New Media in Qualitative Human Geography Research." In Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography. Hay, I. (ed.) Oxford University Press, 2016.
    • Winders, J. L., Smith, B. E., "Whose Lives, Which Work? Class Discrepancies in 'Life's Work'." In Precarious Worlds: New Geographies of Social Reproduction. Meehan, K., Strauss, K. (eds.) University of Georgia Press, 2016.
    • Winders, J. L., "Criminalizing Settlement: The Politics of Immigration in the American South." In Oxford Handbook on Race, Ethnicity, Immigration, and Crime. Bucerius, S., Tonry, M. (eds.) Oxford University Press, 2014.
    • Winders, J. L., "Making Space in the Multicultural City: Immigrant Settlement, Neighborhoods, and Urban Politics." In Urban Politics: Critical Approaches. Davidson, M., Martin, D. (eds.) Sage, 2014.
  • Book Reviews
    • Winders, J. L., "Review of Race Migrations: Latinos and the Cultural Transformation of Race." In Contemporary Sociology. , 2014.
    • Winders, J. L., "Review of Beyond the Borderlands: Migration and Belonging in the United States and Mexico." In Social Forces. , 2012.
    • Winders, J. L., "Review of Creating a Confederate Kentucky: The Lost Cause and Civil War Memory in a Border State." In Journal of Historical Geography. , 2012.
    • Winders, J. L., "Review of The Tejano Diaspora: Mexican Americanism and Ethnic Politics in Texas and Wisconsin." In Journal of Southern History. , 2012.
    • Winders, J. L., "Author Meets Critics for Ladelle McWhorter's Racism and Sexual Oppression in Anglo- America: A Genealogy." In Social and Cultural Geography. , 2011.
    • Winders, J. L., "Review of Civil Rights Memorials and the Geography of Memory." In Journal of Historical Geography. , 2010.
    • Winders, J. L., "Review of Model City Blues: Urban Space and Organized Resistance in New Haven." In Journal of American Ethnic History. , 2010.
  • Encyclopedia Entries
    • Winders, J. L., "Race/Ethnicity." In International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Kobayashi, A., Ho, E. and Leeuw, S. D. (eds.) Elsevier Press, 2020.
    • Winders, J. L., "The South." In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in Contemporary Politics, Law, and Social Movements. Oboler, S., González, D. J. (eds.) Oxford University Press, 2016.
    • Winders, J. L., "Latino Workers." In The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture: Social Class. Griffin, L., Hargis, P. (eds.) University of North Carolina Press, 2012.
    • Winders, J. L., "Nashville." In The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. Rushing, W. (ed.) University of North Carolina Press, 2010.
    • Winders, J. L., "Travel Writing, Geography and." In Encyclopedia of Geography. Warf, B. (ed.) Sage Publications, 2010.
    • Winders, J. L., "Latino Men and Women." In The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Gender Volume. Ownby, T., Bercaw, N. (eds.) University of North Carolina Press, 2009.
    • Winders, J. L., "Tennessee." In Latino America: A State-by-State Encyclopedia. Overmyer-Valezquez, M. (ed.) Greenwood Press, 2008.
  • Magazine/Trade Publication
    • Winders, J. L., Lorimer, H., "Reflect – Renew – Refresh." cultural geographies, 2017.
  • Publicly Engaged Scholarships
  • Reprint
    • Winders, J. L., "New Americans' in a 'New South' City? Immigrant and Refugee Politics in the Music City." In Latino Immigrants and the Transformation of the U.S. South. Lacy, E., Odem, M. (eds.) University of Georgia Press, 2009.

Presentations and Events

Winders, J. L., Walker, M., AAG Annual Meetings, "Where is Artificial Intelligence? Geographies, Ethics, and Practices of AI" (April, 2020)

5th Annual Risk and Innovation Summit. Consumer Electronics Show (January, 2020)

Second International Conference on Employment: Creating Quality Jobs: Challenges and Opportunities, "The Impacts of Autonomous Systems on the Creation of Quality Jobs" (October, 2019)

Conversations in Conflict Series, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC), Maxwell School, Syracuse University, "Autonomous Systems and Conflicting Feelings: Do we have to collaborate with machines?" (September, 2019)

New York UAS Symposium, "Autonomous Systems and the Next Generation" (September, 2019)

National Forum for Black Public Administrators, Maxwell School, Syracuse University, "Autonomous Systems: They are coming to your town (eventually)" (September, 2019)

NYS Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (NYSAMPO) Conference, "New Technologies, Old Social Problems, and the Urban Landscape" (July, 2019)

AAG Annual Meetings, "Author Meets Critic: Elaine Ho's Citizens in Motion: Emigration, Immigration, and Re-migration Across China's Borders" (April, 2019)

AAG Annual Meetings, "Teaching Non-representational Theory" (April, 2019)

Winders, J. L., Smith, B. E., Querying 'the Future of Work': Feminist Economic Geography Interventions. Annual Meetings of the American Associate of Geographers, "The Future of Work through the Lens of the Past: Early Feminist Economic Geography and the Politics of Inclusion" (April, 2019)

International Women's Day: Feminism in Marginalized Communities Panel Discussion, The Maxwell School, SU (March, 2019)

"Immigration in Trump's America: Nationalism, Borders, and Political Struggle" (January, 2019)

Honors and Accolades

O’Hanley Faculty Scholar, The Maxwell School, SU (2014 - 2017)

Distinguished Alumni Award, Department of Geography, University of Kentucky (2016 - 2016)

Visiting Scholar, Russell Sage Foundation, New York City (2010 - 2011)

Daniel Patrick Moynihan Award for Outstanding Teaching, Research and Service, The Maxwell School, SU (2008 - 2008)

2006-2007 Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Teaching Recognition Award, Syracuse University (2007)