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Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan.

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Jason De León is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan and the director of the Undocumented Migration Project (UMP), a study of clandestine migration between Mexico and the United States. By using a range of anthropological methods, combining ethnographic analysis of migrant stories, forensic science, and archaeological research, De León tries to understand the human consequences of immigration policy —who makes the journey, the routes, the means of survival and manner of death.

His research and fieldwork in the Sonoran Desert, adapting the tools and theories of archaeology for the study of the items and material artifacts left behind by migrants (i.e., an "archaeology of the contemporary", informs his ongoing Undocumented Migration Project (2009–).

Part of the Project includes State of Exception/Estado de Excepción, a touring museum exhibition, co-curated by De León. The exhibition features the backpacks, shoes, water bottles, and other items left behind by migrants, as well as audio interviews that add the perspectives of migrants making this dangerous journey.

His book The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail (2015), also focuses on migrants, specifically the estimated 300 individuals who die each year attempting to cross the border and how, and what happens to their bodies when they perish.

In 2013, De León was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and in 2017, he was named a MacArthur Foundation 'Genius' Grant Fellow.

De León received a B.A. (2001) from the University of California at Los Angeles and a Ph.D. (2008) from Pennsylvania State University. He was affiliated with the University of Washington (2008–2010) before joining the faculty of the University of Michigan, where he is currently an associate professor of anthropology and a faculty associate of the Latina/o Studies Program.

Outside of academia, De León is also a singer-songwriter who has recorded and released several albums with the Long Beach, California based hardcore-reggae group Youth In Asia in the 1990s and with the Central Pennsylvania based group The Wilcox Hotel. He also records and performs as a solo artist and has toured extensively in the U.S. and Mexico.

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The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail (California Series in Public Anthropology)

The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail (California Series in Public Anthropology)

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Jason De León

Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan.

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Jason De León Biography

Jason De León is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Michigan and the director of the Undocumented Migration Project (UMP), a study of clandestine migration between Mexico and the United States. By using a range of anthropological methods, combining ethnographic analysis of migrant stories, forensic science, and archaeological research, De León tries to understand the human consequences of immigration policy —who makes the journey, the routes, the means of survival and manner of death.

His research and fieldwork in the Sonoran Desert, adapting the tools and theories of archaeology for the study of the items and material artifacts left behind by migrants (i.e., an "archaeology of the contemporary", informs his ongoing Undocumented Migration Project (2009–).

Part of the Project includes State of Exception/Estado de Excepción, a touring museum exhibition, co-curated by De León. The exhibition features the backpacks, shoes, water bottles, and other items left behind by migrants, as well as audio interviews that add the perspectives of migrants making this dangerous journey.

His book The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail (2015), also focuses on migrants, specifically the estimated 300 individuals who die each year attempting to cross the border and how, and what happens to their bodies when they perish.

In 2013, De León was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and in 2017, he was named a MacArthur Foundation 'Genius' Grant Fellow.

De León received a B.A. (2001) from the University of California at Los Angeles and a Ph.D. (2008) from Pennsylvania State University. He was affiliated with the University of Washington (2008–2010) before joining the faculty of the University of Michigan, where he is currently an associate professor of anthropology and a faculty associate of the Latina/o Studies Program.

Outside of academia, De León is also a singer-songwriter who has recorded and released several albums with the Long Beach, California based hardcore-reggae group Youth In Asia in the 1990s and with the Central Pennsylvania based group The Wilcox Hotel. He also records and performs as a solo artist and has toured extensively in the U.S. and Mexico.

Jason De León Videos

  • Jason De León: Decoding Stories of Border Crossing | Nat Geo Live ...
  • Jason DeLeón: Undocumented Migration Project - YouTube
  • Viewing the undocumented through debris - YouTube

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    Booking fees for Jason De León, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jason De León, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Jason De León?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jason De León for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jason De León for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Jason De León or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Jason De León or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Jason De León is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Jason De León for your event is available upon request. Jason De León generally travels from Ann Arbor, MI, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Viet Thanh Nguyen, Erika Andiola, Prince Royce, Tyshawn Sorey and Derek Peterson. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Jason De León for an upcoming event.

Jason De León Speaker Videos

  • Jason De León: Decoding Stories of Border Crossing | Nat Geo Live ...
    Jason DeLeón: Undocumented Migration Project - YouTube
  • Viewing the undocumented through debris - YouTube

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