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Terry Greene Sterling, Writer-in-Residence

Email: thgreen@asu.edu
Office: Room 378
Phone: 602.496.5121

Curriculum Vitae


Terry Greene SterlingTerry Greene Sterling grew up on an Arizona cattle ranch, and as a child often visited her grandmother in Sonora, Mexico. Because her family was rooted in two cultures, she has long written about the people, policies and landscapes of the borderlands.

She is the author of “Illegal, Life and Death in Arizona’s Immigration War Zone,” (Globe Pequot Press 2010). The narrative nonfiction book, which profiles undocumented immigrants living in Maricopa County, Arizona amid the nation’s most bitter immigration fights, has been used in classes at Duke University, Marshall University, South Central College, Arizona State University, the University of Arizona, and Northern Arizona University. Her second book, coauthored by Jude Joffe-Block, is “Driving While Brown: Joe Arpaio versus the Latino Resistance” (University of California Press April 2021), a narrative nonficton that tells the stories of the men and women in the Latino resistance who rose up against Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his supporters. Through the voices of the people on both sides of the battle, the book offers a case study of grassroots resistance to white supremacist policies, authoritarianism and unconstitutional policing. The book examines Arizona's role in the incubation of the wave of 21st century immigration restrictionist policies and the lessons Arizona can teach the nation about getting past it.

Greene Sterling was a Phoenix New Times staff writer for 14 years, specializing in investigative narratives. Her bylines have appeared in The Washington Post, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, The Atlantic, Slate, Village Voice, The Guardian, High Country News, Arizona Highways, Phoenix New Times, PHOENIX Magazine, National Journal Magazine, The Arizona Republic, Salon, Longform.org, The Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting and the Investigative Reporters and Editors archives.

Named Arizona’s Journalist of the Year three times, she’s received more than 50 international, national, and regional journalism awards. They include a James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism for a story on immigration restrictionism that was part of a larger series, a National Association of Black Journalists First Place in Feature Writing, and a Society of Professional Journalists Silver Key Award for 25 years of notable journalism. You can find examples of her Cronkite writer-in-residency projects on https://terrygreenesterling.com.

Since 2003, Greene Sterling has taught narrative journalism at the Cronkite School, where she is writer-in-residence and a member of the affiliated faculty. She’s also directed the Borderlands team for Cronkite News, and has taught graduate and undergraduate classes in Magazine Writing, Reporting, Sustainability Writing, Depth Reporting, and Food and Media. She is co-teaching Reporting on Indigenous Communities with Mark Trahant, editor of Indian Country Today, as part of a partnership with Alaska Pacific University.