Fellows' Presentation

The Built Environment: State Presence at Border Crossings in the Modern World

Photo by Tony RinaldoPhoto by Tony Rinaldo

Part of the 2018–2019 Fellows' Presentation Series

Lecture by Beth A. Simmons RI '19

Free and open to the public.


Beth Simmons is working on a project that attempts to document and explain the paradox of hardening international borders between states in an era of globalization. She uses satellite imagery to document evidence of state presence at international border crossings and the location in time and space of border walls and fences round the world. Her goal is to write a book probing the politics, economics, and social anxieties behind international border “thickening.”