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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.

Research Interests

  • Immigration politics and policy
  • Criminalization and punishment
  • Race, science, and medicine
  • Culture and globalization
  • Latina/o populations in the United States

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Research Output 1996 2019

Mobilizing for Life: Illegality, Organ Transplants, and Migrant Biosociality

Inda, J. X., 2019, Routledge Handbook of Chicana/o Studies. Lomelí, F. A., Segura, D. A. & Benjamin-Labarthe, E. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 126-137 (Routledge International Handbooks).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

organ transplant

Letting Moises Die: Perishing in Immigration detention

Inda, J. X., 2018

Research output: Non-textual formWeb publication/site

Emigration and Immigration

Questioning Racial Prescriptions: An Interview with Jonathan Xavier Inda.

Merz, S. & Inda, J. X., Dec 1 2016, In : Theory, Culture & Society. 33, 7/8, p. 338-349 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Governance and Criminalization

Inda, J. X., 2014, Undocumented Immigrants in the United States Today: An Encyclopedia of their Experiences. O'Leary, A. O. (ed.). ABC-CLIO

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

biotechnology policy

Activities 1999 2015

  • 2 Editorial activity
  • 2 Invited talk
  • 1 Oral presentation

PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review (Journal)

Jonathan Xavier Inda (Editorial board member)
1999 → …

Activity: Editorial work typesEditorial activity

materiali foucaultiani (Journal)

Jonathan Xavier Inda (Editorial board member)
2010 → …

Activity: Editorial work typesEditorial activity

Racial Prescriptions: Pharmaceuticals, Difference, and the Politics of Life

Jonathan Xavier Inda (Invited speaker)
Nov 17 2015

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

BiDil and Race-Based Medicine

Jonathan Xavier Inda (Keynote speaker)
Apr 2 2015

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk