Odessa Gonzalez Benson




Recent Activity:

Panelist, Faculty Voices in Public Scholarship, U-M Social Change Institute, May 2020

American Association of Geographers Annual Conference, March 2020The Spatial Politics of Governance, Representation, and Migration. Bader AlBader (presenter), University of Michigan, Odessa Gonzalez Benson, University of Michigan, Vadim Besprozvany, University of Michigan, Antonio Siciliano, University of Michigan, Elena Godin, University of Michigan, Imed Soltani, Association La Terre Pour Tous, At a Loss at the Loss at Sea: The Missing Migrants of the Mediterranean and the (Bermuda) Triangle of Space, Communication, and Justice

Selected Publications:

Visit Professor Gonzalez Benson’s U-M Faculty Page for a full list of publications, research, and teaching.


Gonzalez Benson, O. (2020). Refugee-run grassroots organizations: Responsive assistance beyond the constraints of U.S. resettlement. Journal of Refugee Studies.

Gonzalez-Benson, O. (2020). Welfare support activities of grassroots refugee-run community organizations: A reframing. Journal of Community Practice, 28(1), 1-17.


Gonzalez-Benson, O. & Taccolini, A. (2019). ‘Work is worship’ is refugee policy: Diminution, deindividualization, and valuation in implementation. Social Service Review, 93(1), 26-54.


Gonzalez-Benson, O. & Park, Y. (2018). Resettled yet stateless: Elderly monoglot refugees as a limit case to citizenship. Journal of Human Rights Practice, 10(3), 423-438.


Brown, M., Gonzalez Benson, O., Thompson, J., Keel, R., J. Porter & Mahoney, E. (2017). Seeking Northlake: Place, technology, and public as enabling constraints for urban transdisciplinary research. Cities, 60.


Gonzalez Benson, O. (2016). Refugee resettlement policy in an era of neoliberalization: A policy discourse analysis of the Refugee Act of 1980. Social Service Review, 90(3), 515-549.