Stanford University
CESTA
U.S. Deportation Trains
These trains made constant circuits through the country in the early twentieth century, picking up and then ejecting so-called “undesirable aliens” – non-citizens convicted of crimes, deemed mad or politically radical, the very poor, or else those considered racially ineligible to citizenship, many Chinese among them.  The project reconstructs the social world of the deportation trains by reassembling their passenger lists, tracing the deportees’ migratory routes and experiences, and then examining how they were captured and expelled by the nascent deportation regime; an assemblage that would only grow in the century that followed.  
Former Research Assistant:
Kimberly Krebs

Spatial History