Elizabeth Hanna Rubio

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Effron Center for the Study of America

Elizabeth Hanna Rubio is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Asian American Studies at the Effron Center for the Study of America at Princeton University. Prior to arriving to Princeton, she served as a Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute of American Cultures and Asian American Studies Center at UCLA. In June 2021, she received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology at UC Irvine. Elizabeth builds on her work as a community organizer to conduct research that responds to emergent questions and practices in leftist social justice spaces. She is currently completing her book manuscript entitled Dreams Beyond Recognition: Liberalism’s False Negotiations and the Search for Alternatives in Korean American Immigrant Justice Work. Based on six years of ethnographic research with undocumented Korean American organizers in Southern California, Washington D.C., and Chicago, Dreams Beyond Recognition examines the fraught politics of multiracial coalition-building in immigrant justice spaces and the complexities of enacting immigrant justice through an abolitionist lens. In the upcoming months, she looks forward to initiating new research on how South Korean migratory circuits through Argentina, Canada, and the US reveal the quotidian violences of neoliberal crisis-making. You can find her work published in Amerasia Journal, The Journal for the Anthropology of North America, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and other mediums.