Nakai Flotte 2021-22 Mellon Fellow

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Nakai Flotte (She/Hers or They/Them) is an anthropologist, ethnographer, and community organizer of Mexican descent, born and raised in the Texas-Mexico border. She holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology at Harvard University and works on issues related to border-making, trans queer migration, and practices of refugee carcerality in the United States, Mexico, and beyond. Dr. Flotte is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Gender, Race, Indigeneity, Disability and Sexuality (GRIDS) Program at UT Austin where she will be writing and teaching about topics related to international migration, practices of care, and abolitionist practice and thought. She is an active volunteer and member ofUn Mundo Sin Fronteras, a collective founded by Black trans women from Central America based in Austin, Texas. Dr. Flotte also writes and conducts research for various tribal nations and indigenous communities in Texas, Chihuahua, Mexico and beyond.