The Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law hosted its 2018 Symposium: Shaping American Nationalism on November 9, 2018. This timely event explored the intersections of immigration law, gender, and sexuality through conversations with scholars, practitioners, and policy experts. The Keynote Address by Kroc Institute’s Erin Corcoran, L’00 focused on defining American identity in the era of President Trump. It was followed by two moderated panel discussions and the following speakers:

Panel One: The Policy and Politics of Immigration and Parenting

Bianca Santos, Pangea Legal Services

Jodie Roure, John Jay College

Karen Baker, Georgetown Law

Jennifer Nagda, Young Center

Panel Two: Queering American Nationalism

Sarah Sherman-Stokes, Boston University

Gillian Chadwick, Washburn University

Connor Cory, Whitman Walker

Sharita Gruberg, Center for American Progress



The Construction of The Ultimate Other: Nationalism and Manifestations of Misogyny and Patriarchy in U.S. Immigration Law and Policy
Erin Corcoran

The LGBTQ Asylum Seeker: Particular Social Groups and Authentic Queer Identities
Connor Cory

Failing the Refugee Child: Gaps in the Refugee Convention Relating to Children
Sarah J. Diaz

Immigrant Women, Domestic Violence, and Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico: Compounding the Violence for the Most Vulnerable
Jodie G. Roure


What’s So Exceptional About Immigration and Family Law Exceptionalism? An Analysis of Canonical Family and Immigration Law as Reflective of American Nationalism
Kelly McGee