Brianna Nofil

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Lisa McGirr
Harvard University


Brianna Nofil received her Ph.D. in U.S. history from Columbia University in May 2020, and will be an assistant professor at the College of William & Mary beginning in Fall 2020. Her dissertation, “Detention Power: Jails, Camps, and the Origins of Immigrant Incarceration, 1900-2002,” examines how immigration detention emerged as a distinct form of “administrative imprisonment,” which propelled the expansion of jails and generated new modes of carceral profit-making. Brianna received her B.A. from Duke University and previously held the Bear Fellowship in Business, Law, and Human Rights at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. She is originally from South Florida and currently resides in NYC.

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