My book, In Someone Else's Country, explores structural racism and inequality in the Dominican Republic. Through my writing, I also share what I have learned about conducting ethnographic fieldwork and balancing motherhood with professional goals. While collecting data for my book project, my husband and children lived with me in the Dominican Republic for almost a year. In a blog created during that time, I share stories of our time abroad and lessons learned. Additionally, I offer tips and encouragement for Black mothers navigating graduate school in an article published by Inside Higher Ed. Lastly, I am a plain language writer at the American Institutes for Research where we specialize in translating health science for public audiences.
In Someone Else's Country
In Someone Else’s Country is a groundbreaking book with vivid ethnographic stories that illustrate global connections between structural racism, immigration, citizenship, and statelessness.
Dr. Childers describes how nations like the Dominican Republic create stateless second-class citizens through targeted documentation policies. She also carefully discusses the critical gaps between policy and practice while excavating the complex connections between racism and labor systems. Her vivid ethnography profiles dozens of Haitian immigrants and Dominicans of Haitian descent and connects their compelling individual experiences with broader global and contemporary discussions about race, immigration, citizenship, and statelessness while highlighting examples of collective resistance.
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“This text does an excellent job of unpacking the nuances and complexities of Haitians and people of Haitian descent living in the Dominican Republic.”
—Angela J. Hattery, George Mason University
“This beautifully executed ethnography is an outstanding analysis of the intersection of race and liminal legality. Highly recommended!”
- Cecilia Menjivar, University of California, Los Angeles
What does it look like for racism to impact the lives of immigrants? Dr. Childers discusses approaches to combating the racism immigrants face.
Dr. Childers discusses the political debate over the immigration policy in the Dominican Republic (op-ed)
Dr. Childers explores how race shapes the narrative about motherhood in the academy (op-ed)
Demystifying the life of an international researcher, mother, wife, and student (blog)
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Journal Articles & Book Chapters
Domino, M., Gertner. A., Grabert, B., Cuddeback, G., Childers, T.B., Morrissey, J. (2019) “Do timely mental health services reduce re‐incarceration among prison releasees with severe mental illness?” Health Affairs. 54(3), 592-602.
Megan M. Reynolds & Childers, T.B. (2019). "Preventive Health Screening Disparities among Immigrants: Exploring Barriers to Care." Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. 22(2), 336-344.
Childers, T.B. & García, S.J. (2016) “The Racial Implications of Immigration Policy” In Glenn Muschert, Brian Klocke, Robert Perrucci, and Jon Shefner (Eds.) Agenda for Social Justice Solutions 2016. Chicago, IL: Policy Press, pp. 81-92.
Breland-Noble, A., Wong, M., Childers, T.B., Hankerson, S., & Sotomayor, J. (2015) “Spirituality and Religious Coping in African American Youth with Depressive Illness”. Mental Health, Religion & Culture. 18(5), 330-341.