Nina Ebner

Postdoctoral Fellow (2021-2022)

Nina Ebner is a feminist geographer whose research examines economic restructuring and experiences of work in the U.S-Mexico borderlands. Originally from Philadelphia, PA, she joins the Rapoport Center as a Postdoctoral Fellow after completing her doctorate at the University of British Columbia. Nina’s current research explores both the politics of low-wage work and contested processes of economic development in the El Paso-Ciudad Juárez region, illuminating how the hidden costs of economic recovery are absorbed by households and communities. As a postdoctoral fellow, she will primarily be working on the Rapoport Center’s project on inequality and the future of work, which complements her own research agenda, which grapples with capitalism’s uneven development and the gendered and racialized dynamics of labor devaluation. Nina comes to this position after years of living and working in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands; since 2017 she has been part of an abolitionist collective in El Paso, TX, fighting for an end to migrant detention. This work was recognized with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award in 2019. She has also held a visiting research position at the Colegio de la Frontera Norte in Ciudad Juárez. Nina's published work can be found in journals such as the Annals of the American Association of Geographers, CITY, Third World Quarterly, NACLA, IJURR, and Nueva Sociedad.  She has received funding from her research from the Public Scholars Initiative and the Liu Institute for Global Studies at the University of British Columbia, and the Society of Women Geographers.