Wiley, Emmanuelle profile picMA Graduate – Class of 2017

I earned my bachelors at New York University in Global Liberal Studies with a concentration in Identities and Representations: a lens delving into how we, both at the individual and societal level, construct and represent our senses of selves and others with regards to questions of gender, race, class, etc. I spent my freshman year in Florence, Italy, and my junior year in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I conducted research towards my senior thesis. I chose to pursue the MA in Global Thought because I felt that it offered a broad frame within which I could come to understand the world, refining my focus according to my own particular interests. I currently work as a research assistant in Columbia University’s Sociology Department, gathering information geared towards making sense of the different phenomena and social consequences of today’s complex global processes.

Research Interests

My academic motivations lie in issues of human rights, especially with regards to migrants, women and those of minority groups. I am interested first and foremost in research, hoping to develop better understandings of the systems that have the capacity to privilege and/or disadvantage certain groups and the ways in which we may improve them. In line with these goals, my senior thesis at NYU was a comparative analysis of women’s standing in border migrant groups in the U.S. and Argentina. During my time in Global Thought, I expanded upon these investigations, carrying out a discursive and theoretical analysis of the ways in which our governments and systems even qualify and quantify migrants in the course of their movements, settlement, and for some, survival. I pursued this effort, questioning and rethinking the dominant legislative and humanitarian regimes instituted to define and protect human trafficking victims. This undertaking has come to color my current research efforts as I emphasize in my investigations a highly humanistic methodology. Approaching the lived human experience in a holistic and intersectional way, I hope to better develop forward-thinking and comprehensive understandings of, and, hopefully, responses to the social challenges faced by many in our modern day.

MA Thesis
“Journeys in the Shadows: Women’s Irregular Migrations and Dominant Anti-Human Trafficking Regimes”


  • B.A., Global Liberal Studies, New York University, 2012-2016