Kathleen Griesbach




Kathleen Griesbach is a PhD candidate in the department of Sociology at Columbia University. Kathleen studies work, migration, and how social processes are affected by individuals’ positions in and movements across space and time. Her dissertation examines how contingent agricultural, oil & gas, academic and delivery workers navigate unpredictable schedules and uncertain earnings in Texas and NYC, drawing on 120 interviews and other data. She seeks to leverage the data from this diverse group of workers to contribute broader knowledge on the rapidly evolving landscape of work, including how policies can better match workers’ realities.

Kathleen holds a BA from NYU and an MA in Latin American Studies and International Migration from UC San Diego. Prior to pursuing her PhD, she worked in Madrid, Spain as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, and as a paralegal and advocate for a legal aid non-profit in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley.

Selected Publications

Griesbach, Kathleen. Dioquis: Being without Doing among Borderlands Agricultural Workers” (Article). 2018. Accepted for publication in Ethnography

Caron, Cathleen, Kathleen Griesbach, Ursula Roldan & Roxanne Sandoval. “Guatemala’s Implementation of the ICRMW: Emerging Effects” (Book Chapter). 2018. In Shining New Light on the UN Migrant Worker Convention. Pretoria, South Africa: Pretoria University Law Press.

Griesbach, Kathleen.  “Local-Federal Immigration Enforcement in North Carolina: Mapping the Criminal-Immigration Overlap” (Article). 2011. Norteamérica: Revista Académica del CISAN-UNAM 6

García, Angela, Kathleen Griesbach, Jessica Andrade, Cristina González, and Guillermo Yrizar Barbosa. 2011.  Pressure from the Inside: The Effects of State-Level Immigration Policies for Tlacuitapenses in Oklahoma and California” (Book Chapter). In Recession without Borders: Mexican Migrants Confront the Economic Downturn edited by David FitzGerald, Rafael Alarcon, and Leah Muse-Orlinoff. La Jolla, CA and Boulder, CO: CCIS and Lynne Rienner Publishers.