Melissa Tolosa is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from CSU Bakersfield a Master of Arts degree in Sociology from CSU Dominguez Hills.

Melissa's current research will examine the spatiality of the carceral state and how it shapes the im/mobility, safety and identity of undocumented immigrant women. By examining immigration in a carceral framework, we can expand our understanding of how immigration policies connect to and are shaped by the logic of domestic carcerality. This research will also expand our understanding beyond national borders. Lastly, her research will focus on a sanctuary city to better understand how organizations have helped change the policies shaping women’s experiences and assisting with their individual needs.

Melissa's interests include carceral geographies (as it pertains to immigration and detention), feminist geopolitics, Latinx geographies, immigration and social justice.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Melissa Gilbert