Jack Maguire heads the Václav Havel Program's Global Immigration and Migration Initiative, which seeks to explore issues related to migration throughout the world, through an interdisciplinary lens and with a focus on human rights.
Currently, Jack is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies. His research focuses on the ways in which changing immigration policies and laws are impacting immigrant communities in Miami. In particular, he analyzes how Legal Violence’s effect on immigrant integration is mediated by race, human capital, and immigration status through a case study of Honduran and Venezuelan immigrants who are undocumented, who are in the asylum process, who have Temporary Protected Status (TPS), or who have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
Before joining Florida International University, Jack received a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology at the University of Wyoming. During his undergraduate career, he conducted research at the Isla Mujeres Ethnographic Field School in the Yucatan, which explored religious ties between Cuba and Mexico, as well as the smuggling of Cubans through Isla Mujeres to the US-Mexico border. He also served as a researcher at the community organization One 22 in his hometown of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. During his time at One 22, Jack conducted research on vulnerable populations that were not receiving the government resources they were entitled to. Those vulnerable populations tended to be immigrant populations from Mexico and Central America.