Leslie Gross-Wyrtzen is a doctoral candidate in Geography at Clark University and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. She is currently a visiting graduate affiliate at Yale in Ethnicity, Race and Migration.
Her work explores how European border enforcement in Morocco impacts West and Central African migrants’ daily lives and mobilities. She focuses on the relationship between racialization and informality in containing migrants beyond European territory, and the sorts of counter-projects migrants mobilize against the border. She conducted 11 months of ethnographic research among migrant communities in two central Morocco cities with support from a 2017-2018 Fulbright-Hays DDRA grant. A native of south Texas, she has been living between the United States and Morocco since 2001.