Katherine Jensen. Forthcoming September 2023. The Color of Asylum: The Racial Politics of Safe Haven in Brazil. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.


Katherine Jensen. 2023. “From the Asylum Official’s Point of View: Frames of Perception and Evaluation in Refugee Status Determination.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies:1-18.

Águeda Ortega, Katherine Jensen, and Javier Auyero. 2023. “You Will Never Walk Alone: Ethnographic Training as Collective Endeavor.” Teaching Sociology:1-14.

Katherine Jensen and Lisa M. Sousa Dias. 2022. “Varied Racialization and Legal Inclusion: Haitian, Syrian, and Venezuelan Forced Migrants in Brazil.” American Behavioral Scientist 66(13):1797-1815.

Katherine Jensen. 2021. “Contexts of Reception Seen and Constituted from Below: The Production of Refugee Status Apathy.” Qualitative Sociology 44(3):455-471.

Katherine Jensen. 2021. “The Meanings of Refugee Status.” Contexts 20(1):10-15. New Ethnographies of the Global South Special Issue, eds. Victoria Reyes and Marco Garrido.

Katherine Jensen and Javier Auyero. 2019. “Teaching and Learning the Craft: The Construction of Ethnographic Objects.” Research in Urban Sociology (Special Issue, Urban Ethnography: Legacies and Challenges) 16:69-87.

Katherine Jensen. 2018. “The Epistemic Logic of Asylum Screening: (Dis)embodiment and the Production of Asylum Knowledge in Brazil.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 41(5):2615-2633.

  • Lead article
  • Best Graduate Student Paper Award, Honorable Mention – Body and Embodiment Section, American Sociological Association
  • Best Social Sciences Article Award, Honorable Mention – Brazil Section, Latin American Studies Association

Harel Shapira, Katherine Jensen, and Ken-Hou Lin. 2018. “Trends and Patterns of Concealed Handgun License Applications: A Multi-State Analysis.” Social Currents 5(1):3-14.

Caitlyn Collins, Katherine Jensen, and Javier Auyero. 2017. “A Proposal for Public Sociology as Localized Intervention and Collective Enterprise: The Makings and Impact of Invisible in Austin.” Qualitative Sociology 40(2):191-214.

Javier Auyero and Katherine Jensen. 2015. “For Political Ethnographies of Urban Marginality.” City & Community 14(4):359-363.

Katherine Jensen. 2014. “Black Brazil Never Slept.” Contexts 13(2):44-49.


Katherine Jensen. In press. “Hamid: A Life Deferred in Brazil.” Portraits of Persistence: Inequality and Hope in Latin America, ed. Javier Auyero. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press.

Katherine Jensen. 2018. “El asilo pensado como un campo: percepciones, posturas y relaciones en el proceso de refugio en Brasil (Asylum thought as a field: Perceptions, stances and relations in the asylum process in Brazil).” Pp. 27-50 in Pierre Bourdieu en la sociología latinoamericana: El uso de campo y habitus en la investigación, eds. R. Castro and H. J. Suárez. Mexico City, MX: UNAM Press.

Katherine Jensen. 2015. “Kumar: Driving in the Nighttime.” Pp. 138-161 in Invisible in Austin: Life and Labor in an American Cityedited by J. Auyero. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press.

Brenda Pereyra, Nuria Pena, and Katherine Jensen. 2012. “Teaching to remember: Memorials of repression in Argentina and the impact on students.” In International Education and Global Justice: Rethinking the Politics of Sustainability, edited by T. Belghazi and S. Graiouid. Rabat: Publications of the Faculty of Letters.


Katherine Jensen. 2019. “Review of Inside Asylum Bureaucracy: Organizing Refugee Status Determination in Austria by Julia Dahlvik.” Contemporary Sociology 49(1):39-41.

Katherine Jensen. 2019. “Review of Asylum after Empire: Colonial Legacies in the Politics of Asylum Seeking by Lucy Mayblin.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 42(8):1380-1382.

Katherine Jensen. 2013. “Review of Consent of the Damned: Ordinary Argentinians in the Dirty War by David M. K. Sheinin.” The Latin Americanist 57(3):106-108.

Javier Auyero and Katherine Jensen. 2012. “Lives at the Urban Margins.” Review of Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo, Sangre Salada by Sebastian Hacher, and Los Otros by Josefina Licitra. Public Books.


Katherine Jensen and David Cook-Martín. 2022. “Migration Myopias and Insights from the Global South.” Perspectives: Newsletter of the ASA Theory Section 43(2):8-14.

Katherine Jensen. 2018. “Bolsonaro Marks a Xenophobic Turn for Brazil.” States, Power, & Societies: ASA Political Sociology Section Newsletter. Fall:10-12.

Katherine Jensen. 2015. “Stop calling it a ‘refugee crisis’.” The Daily Texan, September 30.

Caitlyn Collins, Katherine Jensen, Kristine Kilanski and Javier Auyero. 2015. “The Other Side of Austin, Texas.” Metropolitics.

Javier Auyero, Caitlyn Collins, and Katherine Jensen. 2015. “Exposing the Underbelly of Austin’s Economic Segregation.” Austin American-Statesman, June 24.

Katherine Jensen. 2014. “Dismantling White Supremacy at Vassar.” Racism Review.

Katherine Jensen. 2013. “When the Bullets Aren’t Rubber: Racism and Violence in Brazil’s Protests.” Racism Review.


Katherine Jensen. 2013. “Framing Afrodescendants in a country ‘donde no hay negros’: A critical analysis of the 2010 Argentine census survey of African descent.” Master’s Thesis. Sociology Department, University of Texas at Austin.