Anthropology professor Nolan Kline has released his first book, Pathogenic Policing: Immigration Enforcement and Health in the U.S. South, published by Rutgers University Press. While a student at Rollins and now as a professor, Kline has conducted extensive research on immigrant communities in Central Florida and throughout the South.
The relationship between undocumented immigrants and law enforcement officials continues to be a politically contentious topic in the United States. Kline’s book summarizes in-depth research on the health-related consequences of immigration laws and police practices in the U.S., showing the subsequent negative effects on immigrants, their families, health providers, clinics, hospitals, and the entire medical safety net on which we all rely. By examining the role of policy in shaping health inequality in the U.S., Kline responds to fundamental questions regarding biopolitics, especially how policy can reinforce race as a vehicle of social division.
Pathogenic Policing follows current immigrant policing regimes in Georgia and contextualizes contemporary legislation and law enforcement practices against a backdrop of historical forms of political exclusion from health and social services for all undocumented immigrants in the U.S.