Selection of 2016 Media

2016                “Heat and Death.” The Times Literary Supplement. January 22nd, 2016.

Selection of 2015 Media

2015                “Forensic Photography and the Roads of the Dead.” Cultural Environments Blog. December 7th, 2015.


2015                “An Anthropologist Unravels the Mysteries of Mexican Migration.” National Geographic’s Sunday Book Talk. December 6th, 2015.


2015                “Beyond the (Familiar) Text: A #AAA2015 Roundtable Review.” Cultural Anthropology Online, December 21st, 2015.


2015                “Investigador afirma que EEUU usa el desierto como elemento disuasorio ante inmigración.” EFE, December 14, 2015.


2015                Radio Interview,  94.1 KPFA, November 22nd, 2015.


2015                “The Land of Open Graves.” Letters and Politics, 94.1 KPFA, October 29th, 2015.


2015                “There is No Mistaking that She is Dead”, book excerpt from The Land of Open Graves published in, October 12, 2015.


2015                “ArtPrize is Made of People.”, October 9th, 2015.


2015                “Rapidian on the Street: State of Exception.” The, October 3rd, 2015.


2015                “Abandoned Backpacks Bring Stark Reality to ArtPrize.” Detroit Free Press, September 25th, 2015.


2015                “State of Exception.” Horizonte hosted by José Cárdenas (PBS Television). Arizona State University. April 28th, 2015.


2015                “ASU art exhibit showcases items left behind by illegal immigrants.” Fox News 10, Phoenix, Arizona. May 1st, 2015.

Selection of 2014 Media

2014                “The Deep Web Could Make Human Smuggling Safer.” Vice Magazine. November 5, 2014


2014                “Walking Through Conflict Zones, Driving 200 Miles Per Hour and More.” National Geographic Weekend Radio Show.  September 7th, 2014.


2014                “Walking Through Conflict Zones, Driving 200 Miles Per Hour and More.” National Geographic Weekend Radio Show.  September 7th, 2014.


2014                “Photo Camp Arizona: Empowering Teens to Tell Their Stories of Border Life.” National Geographic Proof. August 25, 2014.


2014                “Powerful Images of Life at the US-Mexico Border—Photographed By Children.” Quartz. July 15th, 2014.


2014                “Arivaca Photo Camp.” The Connection. Volume 31: Number 7. July/August, 2014.


2014                “Border is Backdrop for Youth Photo Camp.” Arizona Daily Star. June 21st, 2014.


2014                “La Otra Cara de la Moneda: Niños Fotografían la Frontera.” La Estrella de Tucson. June 20th, 2014.


2014               “Lost and Found: Making Art from Migrants’ Trash.” Aljazeera America. May 26th, 2014.


2014                “National Geographic Explorer Jason De Leon Tells the Stories of Undocumented Migration.” Visionary Leader,             Extraordinary Life with Kate Ebner. VoiceAmerica Radio. April 14th, 2014.


2014                “Photo Camp Seeks to Change Border Scene.” Santa Cruz Valley Sun. April 9th, 2014.


2014                “Archaeology of Undocumented Migration.” Anthropology News. March 28th, 2014.


2014                “Selfless Snaps: Dax Shepard Wants To Help Kids Study Immigration Issues.” March 14th, 2014.


Selection of 2013 Media

2013                “The Undocumented Migration Project Uses Archaeology to Tell Migrant’s Stories”. Stateside with Cynthia Canty, Michigan Radio August 12th, 2013.


2013                “Backpacks from the Border”. New York Times Magazine July 19th, 2013.


2013                “An Anthropologist Records the Lives Behind the Border Crossings.” NBC Latino, July 25th, 2013.


2013                “Unpacking a New Life”. The 6th Floor: Eavesdropping on the New York Times Magazine, July 21st, 2013.


2013                “Migrants’ Trash in Southern Arizona Offers Glimpse of History”. Arizona Daily Star, July 21st, 2013.


2013                “The Things They Carried: Jason De Leon’s Undocumented Migration Project”. The, July 19th, 2013.


2013                “Archaeological Students Comb Desert to Preserve Immigrant Trail”, Green Valley News, July 17th, 2013.


2013                “New type of immigrant trying to enter U.S., expert says”. Agencia EFE, July 14th, 2013. Story carried by Yahoo News, La Prensa, and others.


2013                “Understanding Migrants Through The Things They Carried”  NPR’s Tell Me More, July 5, 2013.


2013                UMP Director Jason De León interviewed by National Geographic Education. June 2013.


2013                “Curating the Traces of Illegal Immigration.”  Hypoallergenic, March 4th, 2013.


2013                “Interview with UMP Director Jason De León about the State of Exception exhibit.As It Happens, CBC Radio, Canada. March 8th, 2013.


2013                “U-M exhibit offers an engrossing look at struggles of undocumented migrants.” February 24th, 2013.


2013                 “Undocumented Migrant Exhibit at U-Mich humanities gallery.” Being Latino Magazine, January 27th, 2013.

Selection of 2012 Media

2012                “The Hidden History of Mexican Migrants.” PRI’s The World, October 11th, 2012.


2012                “Living, Breathing Archaeology in the Sonoran Desert”. Weekend All Things Considered, National Public Radio. March 24th, 2012.


2012                “Documenting a Migration.” Detroit Free Press, February 5th, 2012.


2012                “Sigue arqueólogo huella de migrantes.” Reforma February 3rd, 2012.


2012                “Items left at U.S.-Mexican border reveal hidden history of migration.” Worldview WBEZ Chicago Public Radio. Initial air date February 3, 2012.


2012                “Border Crossing Trash Worthy of Study Say Anthropologists.”  Fox News, January 17th, 2012.


2012                “Antropólogo Estudia Objetos Dejados Por Immigrantes En Frontera”. Associated Press, January 18th, 2012.


2012                “The Undocumented Migration Project: University Of Michigan Researcher Documents Belongings Left Behind While Crossing The Border” Huffington Post, January 19th 2012.


2011 Media

2011                “Viewing Illegal Immigration Through Desert Debris” Miller-McCune Magazine. November/December Issue.


2011                “Don’t Call it Trash” Arizona Daily Sun, October 20th.


2011                “Deportees Bused Afar: Border Patrol Aims to Break Migrants’ Cycle of Return by Sending them to Distant Exit Point.” Arizona Daily Star, August 21, 2011.


2011               “Immigration tracked through desert detritus” Nature News, April 11th.


2011                “The Journey to El Norte”. Article about the Undocumented Migration Project featured in Archaeology Magazine (Volume 64:1, January/February).


2010 Media

2010                “The Most Confusing Picture Possible” National Public Radio Interview on KUOW 94.9FM.  Initial air date May 15, 2010.


2010                “The Anthropology of Garbage: Lecturer Jason De Leon Explores Modern Migration.” Columns Magazine, University of Washington Alumni Association.


2009 Media

2009                “The Violent Spiral of Mexico’s Drug War” Interview on Weekday with Steve Scher, National Public Radio KUOW 94.9FM. Initial air date November 18, 2008.