Rebecca Wickes R. V. Gundur Christian Bolden Guadalupe Correa Cabrera Tim Lauger

Trying to make it the enterprises, gangs, and people of the American drug trade

A Talk by Christian Bolden , Guadalupe Correa Cabrera , R. V. Gundur , Tim Lauger and Rebecca Wickes

About this Talk

Trying to Make It is R. V. Gundur's journey from the US-Mexico border to America's heartland, from America's prisons to its streets, in search of the true story of the drug trade and the people who participate in it. The book begins in the Paso del Norte area, encompassing the sister cities of Ciudad Juárez and El Paso, which has been in the public eye as calls for securing the border persist. From there, it moves on to Phoenix, which was infamously associated with the drug trade through a series of kidnappings. Finally, the book goes on to Chicago, which has been a lightning rod of criticism for its gangs and violence.

14 October 2022, 01:00 AM

01:00 AM - 02:15 AM

About The Speakers

Christian Bolden

Christian Bolden

Loyola University New Orleans

Robert Hunter Distinguished Professor and Associate Professor


Guadalupe Correa Cabrera

Guadalupe Correa Cabrera

Professor, George Mason University

Professor of Policy and Government at George Mason University. Areas of expertise: international security, migration studies, Mexico-US relations and border studies. Past President of the Association for Borderlands Studies (ABS). Co-editor of the International Studies Perspectives journal (OUP).


R. V. Gundur

R. V. Gundur

Flinders University

Senior Lecturer, Flinders University


Tim Lauger

Tim Lauger

Niagara University

Associate Professor


Rebecca Wickes

Rebecca Wickes

Griffith University

Professor, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice