Doris Marie Provine
Professor Emerita, Arizona State University
712 East Geneva Drive
Tempe, AZ 85282
Areas of Expertise & Civic InvolvementsProvine’s research and teaching have focused on law and courts, and particularly on their capacity to achieve justice. In recent years, she has become immersed in the implications of living undocumented in the United States and elsewhere. The political debate around those who have settled without authorization tends to be legalistic, but at bottom the differences are what it means to be a member of society in the contemporary era. She is active in the effort to protect rights and liberties in Arizona through the local affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, Mi Familia Vota, and the Arizona Advocacy Network.
"The Morality of Law: The Case against Deportation of Settled Immigrants" in Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights: Emerging Possibilities for Social Transformation, edited by LaDawn Hagland and Robyn Stryker (University of Pennsylvania Press, under review).
Demonstrates how the law has created a great divide between citizens and non-citizens that obscures the considerable capacity of American domestic law for forgiveness (e. g. bankruptcy legislation). Viewed in this light, forgiveness for illegal border crossing and visa overstays is no outlier. Rather it is compatible with the practical drive in American law for getting past previous wrong-doing.
"Why Do (Some) City Police Departments Enforce Immigration Law? Political, Demographic, and Organizational Influences on Local Choices" (with Paul Lewis, Monica W. Varsanyi, and Scott Decker). Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 23, no. 1 (2013): 1-25.
Looks at the role of local police departments in enforcing national immigration legislation, and finds that immigrant-supportive city policy commitments and the presence of a Hispanic police chief are associated with less intensive immigration enforcement by local police.
"A Multilayered Jurisdictional Patchwork: Immigration Federalism in the United States" (with Monica W. Varsanyi, Paul G. Lewis, and Scott Decker). Law & Policy 34, no. 2 (2012): 138-158.
Focuses on the immigration-related demands currently being placed on local police in the United States, and the emergence of what we call a “multilayered jurisdictional patchwork” (MJP) of immigration enforcement.
"The Criminalization of Immigrants as a Racial Project" (with Roxanne D. Doty). Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice 27, no. 3 (2011): 261-277.
Argues that contemporary policy responses to unauthorized immigration reinforce racialized anxieties by (a) focusing attention on physically distinctive and economically marginalized minorities – a Latinos in particular – who are defined as the nation’s immigration “threat,” (b) creating new spaces of enforcement within which racial anxieties flourish and become institutionalized; and thereby (c) racializing immigrant bodies while structurally overemphasizing Latino arrests and deportations.
"Race and Inequality in the War on Drugs" Annual Review of Law and Social Science 7 (2011): 41-60.
Considers how the “war on drugs” approach came to be adopted in the United States and why it persists despite its evident shortcomings.
Unequal under Law: Race in the War on Drugs (University of Chicago Press, 2007).
Narrates how decades of both manifest and latent racism helped shape a punitive U.S. drug policy whose onerous impact on racial minorities has been willfully ignored by Congress and the courts.
Talks and Briefings
"Arizona Policy on Unauthorized Immigration," Humanities Lecture, ASU School of Letters and Sciences, Phoenix, AZ, November 8, 2012.
"SB1070 en el Tribuno Supremo: Que significa este caso? Que sera el resultado?," Segunda Edicion del Festival Internacional de la Imagen, La Universidad Autonoma de Estado de Hildalgo, Pachuca, Hildalgo, Mexico, April 25, 2012.
"SB 1070," Annual Meeting of the Lawyer’s Guild, University of Arizona, April 16, 2011.
"Racismo en Contra de los Mexicanos en el Cumplimiento de las Leyes Migratorias en los EEUU," Centro de Investigaciones del America del Norte, UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico, April 14, 2011.
"Enforcing Immigration Law," COMPAS Conference, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, May 10-12, 2012.