I joined the department in 2017, having previously taught at Birkbeck and the University of East London. I lecture on the department’s undergraduate Sociology and Criminology programmes and also contribute to teaching on the MA in Gender, Media and Culture. I am currently the convener of the undergraduate modules ‘Prison, Punishment and the Social World’ and ‘Introduction to Disability’. I supervise both undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation students.
I am interested in the historical construction and enforcement of race and its imbrication with gender and disability. My published work has focused upon the manner in which transatlantic slavery has shaped the United States as a multiply racialized landscape. I am currently working on a monograph that examines anti-black and anti-Mexican police and mob violence in the US-Mexico borderlands in the 1910s, as well as each group’s use of armed resistance during this period. Though historic in perspective, my research aims to contribute to ongoing debates around issues of racism and criminal and social justice.
Aragon, Margarita. 2017. 'Deep-seated Abnormality': Military Psychiatry, Segregation, and Discourses of Black “Unfitness” in World War II. Men and Masculinities, 22(2), pp. 216-235. ISSN 1097-184X
Aragon, Margarita. 2016. The Mexican’ and The ‘Cancer of the South’: Discourses of Race, Nation and Anti-Blackness in Early 20th Century Debate on Mexican Immigration. Immigrants and Minorities, 35(1), pp. 59-77. ISSN 0261-9288
Aragon, Margarita. 2015. “A General Separation of Colored and White”: The WWII Riots, Military Segregation, and Racism(s) beyond the White/Nonwhite Binary. Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, 1(4), pp. 503-516. ISSN 2332-6492
Aragon, Margarita. 2014. ‘The Difference that “One-Drop” Makes: Mexican and African Americans, Mixedness and Racial Categorization in the Early 20th Century. Subjectivity, 7(1), pp. 18-36. ISSN 1755-6341