Date of Award

Spring 5-20-2023

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Vivian Lu

Second Advisor

Caley Johnson, Ph.D.


What I examine here is how the global COVID-19 pandemic altered asylum and refugee responsibility among Global North countries. In particular, I look at cultural responses to restrictive pandemic policies which speak to the level of intensity of the current humanitarian crisis at the United States southern border with Mexico. The US-Mexico border functions well as a case study because of its highly publicized and discussed nature, along with the strong influence held by the US over the rest of the world. The cultural moment surrounding Title 42 and other pandemic policies represents a shift in public recognition of the failures of restrictive neoliberal policy.