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Rachel I. Buff

Rachel I. Buff, a cultural historian of immigration, is an Associate Professor of History. Her PhD is in American Studies (University of Minnesota, 1995), and she has spent her career so far teaching in history departments. She is also deeply engaged with scholarship in Ethnic Studies, and coordinates and teaches in UWM’s Comparative Ethnic Studies Program. Buff’s first book, The Political Economy of Home: West Indian Brooklyn and American Indian Minneapolis, 1945-1992 (University of California Press, 2001), compared the cultural politics of migration for two quite different cohorts of people. Subsequently, she edited a book about the struggles of lots of different migrants, across space and time, to access what she calls political subjectivity:  Immigrant Rights in the Shadows of Citizenship (New York University Press, 2008).