JONATHAN XAVIER INDA is Professor of Latina/Latino Studies and affiliate faculty in the Department of Anthropology and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory. He earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley and an A.B. in Public Policy from Stanford University. He has written about anthropology and globalization, Foucauldian social theory, the geneticization of race, and the government of immigration. His books include Race, Identity, and Citizenship (1999), The Anthropology of Globalization (2002, 2008), Anthropologies of Modernity: Foucault, Governmentality, and the Politics of Life (2005), Targeting Immigrants: Government, Technology, and Ethics (2006), and Governing Immigration Through Crime (2013).
Professor Inda's latest book, Racial Prescriptions: Pharmaceuticals, Difference, and the Politics of Life (2014), explores the politics of dealing with health disparities through targeting pharmaceuticals at specific racial groups (specifically African Americans) based on the idea that they are genetically different. It suggests that while racialized pharmaceuticals are ostensibly about fostering the vital forces of the biological body, their politics of life also raises questions concerning the biologization of race. Given the United States’ historical experience with racial science, in which some groups have been classified as biologically inferior and others as superior, to geneticize and biologize racial minorities is to potentially open the door to stereotyping, discrimination, and marginalization.
- Immigration politics and policy
- Criminalization and punishment
- Race, science, and medicine
- Culture and globalization
- Latina/o populations in the United States
Additional Campus Affiliations
Professor, Latina/Latino Studies
Chair, Latina/Latino Studies
Professor, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory
Inda, J. X. (2020). Fatal Prescriptions: Immigration Detention, Mismedication, and the Necropolitics of Uncare. Death Studies, 44(11), 699–708. https://doi.org/10.1080/07481187.2020.1771852
Inda, J. X. (2019). Mobilizing for Life: Illegality, Organ Transplants, and Migrant Biosociality. In F. A. Lomelí, D. A. Segura, & E. Benjamin-Labarthe (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Chicana/o Studies (pp. 126-137). (Routledge International Handbooks). Routledge.
Inda, J. X. (Author). (2018). Letting Moises Die: Perishing in Immigration detention. Web publication/site, Deathscapes: Mapping Race and Violence in Settler States. https://www.deathscapes.org/case-studies/punished-to-death-perishing-in-immigration-detention/
Inda, J. X. (Author). (2018). Trauma on the Body: The Border Killing of Anastasio Hernández Rojas. Web publication/site, Deathscapes: Mapping Race and Violence in Settler States. https://www.deathscapes.org/case-studies/trauma-on-the-body/
Merz, S., & Inda, J. X. (2016). Questioning Racial Prescriptions: An Interview with Jonathan Xavier Inda. Theory, Culture & Society, 33(7/8), 338-349. https://doi.org/10.1177/0263276416672536