- Assistant Professor of Human Development
- Email: Lauren.Heidbrink@csulb.edu
- Phone: (562) 985-8530
- Website: www.youthcirculations.com
- Office hours for Fall 2019: Tuesdays 10-11am or by appointment
- Ph.D. (2010), M.A. (2007) John Hopkins University, Anthropology
- M.A./M.S. (2003) DePaul University, International Public Service Management
- B.A. (1998) University of Virginia, City Planning, Latin American Studies, Spanish Literature
Lauren Heidbrink is a cultural anthropologist who focuses on the anthropology of childhood and migration in Central America. Her research and teaching interests include childhood and youth, transnational migration, performance and identity, engaged methodologies, and Central America. Her manuscript, Migrant Youth, Transnational Families, and the State: Care and Contested Interests (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014), examines the experiences of migrant children in U.S. federal facilities for unaccompanied children and following release. With support of the National Science Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies, she recently completed a manuscript Migranthood: Youth in a New Era of Deportation (Stanford University Press, 2020) on the impacts of the securitization of development on indigenous Guatemalan youth (Mam and K’iche’) following deportation from the U.S. and Mexico. Dr. Heidbrink is co-founder and editor of Youth Circulations, a curated digital exhibit tracing the real and imagined circulations of global youth.
- HDEV 205: Immigrant Youth in Long Beach
- HDEV 307: Approaches to Childhood
- HDEV 320: Research Methods in Human Development
- HDEV 405: Latin American Childhoods
- HDEV 470: Seminar/Practicum
- Heidbrink, L. Forthcoming. Benevolent Complicity: The detention of unaccompanied children. In Diverse Unfreedoms and their Ghosts: Interrogations, Transitions, Legacies, and Re-imaginings. Edited by K. Green, C. Coe and S. Balagopalan. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
- Statz, M. and L. Heidbrink. 2019. A Better “Best Interests”: Immigration Policy in a Comparative Context. Law and Policy. DOI: 10.1111/lapo.12135,
- Heidbrink, L. 2019. Debt-driven Migration among indigenous youth in Guatemala. Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology.
- Heidbrink, L. 2019. Acts of Removal. In Il/legal Encounters: Migration, Detention, and Deportation in the Lives of Young People. Edited by D. Boehm and S. Terrio. New York: New York University Press.
- Heidbrink, L. 2019. Borders. The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Wiley-Blackwell.
- Heidbrink, L. 2018. Circulation of care among unaccompanied migrant youth from Guatemala. Children and Youth Services Review 92: 30-38.
- Heidbrink, L. 2017. Assessing Parental Fitness and Care for Unaccompanied Children. The Journal of the Social Sciences 3(4): 37-52
- Heidbrink, L. and M. Statz. 2017. Parents of Global Youth: Contesting Debt and Belonging. Children’s Geographies 15(5): 545-557.
- Cardoso, J., K. Brabeck, D. Stinchcomb, D. Birman, L. Heidbrink, O. Price, and L. Zayas. 2017. Integration of unaccompanied migrant youth in the United States: a call for research. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, (2017): 1-20.
- Zayas, L.; K. Brabeck; L. Heffron, PhD; J. Dreby; E. Calzada; J. Parra-Cardona; A. Dettlaff; L. Heidbrink; K. Perreira; H. Yoshikawa. (2017). Charting Directions for Research on Undocumented and Unaccompanied Immigrant Children and Citizen Children. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences.
- Langtiw, C. and L. Heidbrink. 2016. Removal, betrayal, and resistance: Comparative analysis of black youth in the U.S. and Haitian-descendant youth in the Dominican Republic. Community Psychology in Global Perspective 2(2): 40-55.
- Heidbrink, L. 2015. Unintended Consequences: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. Journal of Applied Research on Children 5(2): Article 2, 1-29.
- Richardson, W., L. Heidbrink and A. Muhammed. 2015. Black Learning Matters: Experiences of Exclusion and Lessons for Inclusion of Students of Color in Higher Education. In RIP Jim Crow: Fighting Racism through Higher Education Policy, Curriculum, and Cultural Interventions. Series: Equity in Higher Education Theory, Policy, & Praxis. Virginia Stead, editor. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc.
- Heidbrink, L. 2014. Migrant Youth, Transnational Families, and the State: Care and Contested Interests. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, Human Rights Series.
- Heidbrink, L. 2013. Humanitarian Refugee or Criminal Alien?: The Social Agency of Migrant Youth. American Bar Association Children’s Legal Rights Journal 33(1): 133-190.
- Heidbrink, L. 2012. At a Crossroads: Youth at the Intersection of the Family and the State. In Transnational Migration, Gender and Rights. Ragnhild Sollund, editor. Great Britain: Emerald Press.
- Heidbrink, L. 2010. Recasting the Agency of Unaccompanied Youth. In Emerging Perspectives on Children in Migratory Circumstances: Selected Proceedings of the Working Group on Childhood and Migration June 2008 Conference. R. Reynolds, et al., editors. Philadelphia: Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences and the Drexel iDea Repository. 2010.
- Heidbrink, L. and M. Statz. 2019. The Blame Game: Criminalizing migrant parents. Youth Circulations.
- Heidbrink, L. 2018. Radicalizing Tensions Between Fascism and Solidarity in Italy. Youth Circulations.
- Statz, M. and L. Heidbrink. 2018. Migration as Clickbait. Anthropology News. DOI: 10.1111/AN.760.
- Duncan, W.; Heidbrink, L. and K. Yarris. 2018. Im/migration in the Era of Trump; Hot Spots. Cultural Anthropology.
- Heidbrink, L. 2018. Care in Contexts of Child Detention; Hot Spots. Cultural Anthropology.
- Heidbrink, L., G. Batz, & C. Sanchez. 2017. Almolonga: Informe Comunitario/Almolonga: A Community Report. Funded by National Science Foundation.
- Heidbrink, L. 2017. Migration and Belonging: Narratives from a Highland Town. Youth Circulations.
- Art exhibition, “Migration and Belonging: Narratives from a Highland Town/Migración y Pertenencia: Narrativas de un pueblo del altiplano.”
- Almolonga, Guatemala, 2019
- Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, 2018
- Loyola University, Chicago, IL, 2018
- Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library, Long Beach, CA, 2017.
- Conference on Emotional Geographies, American Association of Geographers, Long Beach, CA 2017.
- University of California, Los Angeles, 2017.
- Yarris, K.; L. Heidbrink; and W. Duncan. 2016. Protecting Undocumented Students Post-Election: From meeting to action. Working together to support our students. Anthropology News.
- Heidbrink, L. and M. Statz. 2014, September. Widening the Frame: Unaccompanied Youth. Anthropology of Children and Youth. Anthropology of Childhood and Youth Interest Group.
- Castañeda, H.; L. Heidbrink; and K. Yarris. 2014. September. From Alienation to Protection: Central American Child Migration. Access Denied.