Ramon Garibaldo Valdez
Ramon Garibaldo Valdez is a Ph.D. Candidate at Yale's Political Science Department. His research looks at the ways that immigrant communities in the U.S. actively resist – both through political mobilization and every-day defiance – the marginalizing experiences produced by the immigration policy regime. Taking an ethnographic approach, his work disrupts common treatments of immigration policy and academic research by centering the voices of unauthorized migrants. He is broadly interested in topics related to race, ethnicity, and politics (REP), social movements, and ethnographic methods.
Ramon is the Research Director for the Migrant Justice Initiative at Yale's Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration (RITM). Prior to coming to Yale, Ramon graduated from Johnson C. Smith University, a historically black college in North Carolina. He worked and continues to work with immigrant rights organizations at the national and local levels.