Wiley, Emmanuelle profile picMA Graduate – Class of 2017

I was born in Los Angeles, California, though much of my early childhood was spent in my father’s home-country of France. Eventually, my family settled on the East Coast where I wrapped up my secondary education in a suburb south of Boston. I am a recent graduate from New York University where I completed a degree in Global Liberal Studies. In GLS I pursued two majors: my first in Spanish and my second in Identities and Representations — a lens delving into how we, both at individual and societal levels, construct and represent our identities, senses of selves and understandings of others with regards to questions of gender, race, class, etc. My freshman year was spent in Florence, Italy, and my junior year in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I conducted research towards my senior thesis. I am really excited for this coming year in Global Thought and hope that it may prepare me for my long-term goal to work in the foreign service. I have a particular interest in human rights, especially with regards to transnationals, migrants, women and those of minority groups. I hope to serve as a diplomat, confronting the institutions and systems which often disadvantage such people.

Research Interests

My senior thesis at NYU was a comparative analysis of women’s standing in border migrant groups between a developed and (relatively) developing nation. This inquiry explored racial and gendered constructs comparatively, looking at experiences of border immigrants in both the U.S. and Argentina. I analyzed Mexican representation and identity in Southern California and Bolivian standing in the Buenos Aires province. I am hoping to build upon the work I have already conducted, which provoked a growing interest in the human trafficking industry and the ways in which it is a form of border movement for many migrants. Many people, if not forced into human trafficking, are made false promises of money, immigration aid or employment, unaware of the dangerous reality of many of these businesses. The U.S. is a major consumer of human trafficking, taking advantage of cheap labor and undocumented and vulnerable bodies. I found in my research that many migrants, especially women and indigenous peoples, are particularly vulnerable to fall into human trafficking, either through force or manipulation. For my thesis, I want to explore the systems at work that serve to enable such businesses and disadvantage their victims.


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