Shelby O'Neill


Shelby O’Neill is a PhD Candidate in Sociology. He is currently writing an ethnography of U.S.-bound migration from a small village in Guanajuato, Mexico. By centering the experiences and aspirations of migrants and their families, his work engages broader topics of documentation, displacement, and social mobility. He tracks the distinct ways in which U.S. immigration policy impacts the people he writes about, as well as the complex relationships to home and place that emerge alongside migratory departure. His research has involved extensive time living with migrants and working on farms in the rural Midwest. He holds a BA in Government, with a minor in Philosophy, from Colby College in Maine.