Alana Ackerman

 Alana Ackerman

Contact Information

109 Davenport Hall
607 S Mathews Dr.
Urbana, IL 61801
PhD student
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Alana is a doctoral student in the sociocultural anthropology program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She graduated with a BA in Spanish from Tufts University (2008), and an MA in Anthropology from FLACSO Ecuador (2013). 


Research Interests

  • Migration, refugees, & borders; critical disability studies; bodies and embodiment; creative ethnographic practices

Research Description

Alana’s dissertation project engages with human movement that is considered “strange,” “deviant,” or “dis-abled.” It focuses specifically on forced displacement and chronic pain as two modes of movement that state and medical regimes consider unruly, and attempt to “fix” or “cure.” Alana conducts auto-ethnography, as well as fieldwork in Ecuador with refugees from Colombia. Her doctoral research project contributes to literature on migration, refugees, and borders; critical disability studies; bodies and embodiment; and creative ethnographic practices.