Robin Reineke is from Seattle, Washington. She received her BA in anthropology from Bryn Mawr College, where she began her longterm interest in mass mourning, human rights, and the sciences and technologies of human identification. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the School of Anthropology writing her dissertation, “Naming the Dead: Identification and Ambiguity along the U.S.-Mexico Border,” which is about the scientific, political, and social processes involved in identifying the bodies of deceased migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border. Her ethnographic research includes interviews and participant observation with forensic scientists and families of missing and deceased migrants in Mexico, Guatemala, and various parts of the U.S. She is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Colibri Center for Human Rights (www.colibricenter.org) which seeks to assist families in their search for missing loved ones, and inform the public of an ongoing human rights crisis on the border. Her work has been featured in the BBC, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Economist, and The Nation.
2009 -- MA, Cultural Anthropology, University of Arizona
2004 -- BA, Cultural Anthropology, Bryn Mawr College
Science and Technology Studies, Forensic Anthropology, Human Rights, Immigration, Death and the Dead Body, Surveillance, Modern Material Culture
Media and Press:
Film: “Who is Dayani Cristal?” http://www.whoisdayanicristal.com/, Directed by Marc Silver, to be released Fall 2013.
Caller.com, “South Texas overtaking Arizona as place where more border crossers die.” Mark Collette, February 23, 2013. http://www.caller.com/news/2013/feb/23/south-texas-overtaking-arizona-as...
Arizona Daily Star, Discoveries of crossers’ bodies now at lowest level in 10 years. Perla Treviso, February 21, 2013. http://azstarnet.com/news/local/border/discoveries-of-crossers-bodies-now-at-lowest-level-in-years/article_203b9754-ecde-5bd9-a98c-c63f61b0a8d1.html
Public Radio International’s The World, “Identifying the Migrants Who Die Crossing the US/Mexico Border,”http://www.theworld.org/2013/01/identifying-migrants-mexico-border/ January 24, 2013
BBC News Magazine, “Arizona: Naming the Dead from the Desert.” January 16, 2013.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21029783
BBC World Service, Outlook Program, Naming the Dead on the Mexican Border, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p011ylt4, December 24, 2012
KVOA News Tucson, Migrants killed by the elements identified by the personal items left behind,http://www.kvoa.com/news/migrants-killed-by-the-elements-identified-by-the-personal-items-left-behind/, November 5, 2012
Los Angeles Times, “Arizona county's grim lost and found,” http://articles.latimes.com/2012/oct/17/nation/la-na-migrant-possessions-20121017, October 17, 2012
National Public Radio’s State of the Reunion, “Tucson: Borderlands,” http://stateofthereunion.com/home/season-3/tucson-az, September 17, 2012
Arizona Daily Star, Nearly 1,700 bodies, each one a mystery, http://azstarnet.com/news/local/border/nearly-bodies-each-one-a-mystery/article_d8972316-b63a-5e4a-ad01-8518b0012730.html, August 24, 2010
Many Ways of Being Human
Areas of Study:
US - Mexico Border
Mexico & Mesoamerica
Latin America & the Caribbean