Photo from the Workplace Project as part of Unseen America, a project of Bread and Roses, 1199/SEIU.
Professor Schreiber’s most recent book The Undocumented Everyday: Migrant Lives and the Politics of Visibility, (University of Minnesota Press, 2018) examines the significance of self-representation as a strategy in documentary photography, film, video, and audio projects involving Mexican and Central American migrants in the U.S. and U.S.-Mexico borderlands during the early 21st century. She argues that by centering their subjectivity and presence in their use of documentary media, these migrants are effectively challenging state surveillance and liberal strategies that emphasize visibility as a form of empowerment and inclusion. By visualizing new ways of belonging not necessarily defined by citizenship, these migrants are remaking documentary media: they make political claims and create new forms of protection for migrant communities experiencing increased surveillance, detention, and deportation. The Undocumented Everyday: Migrant Lives and the Politics of Visibility was awarded the 2019 Frank Jewett Mather Award by the College Art Association.