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University of Massachusetts
asylum, refugee, migrant, immigration, international law, administrative law
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About Me

My research is focused on law and immigration politics. I am interested in how administrative agencies and courts adjudicate migration and citizenship questions, and the political responses to judicial involvement in migration matters. I have a particular interest in migrant categorization and the concept of a refugee. I am currently working on a project that explores the refugee/migrant binary through the cases of Central American arrivals in the United States, and Middle Eastern and North African arrivals in Europe.

Recent Publications

Let Me Be a Refugee: Administrative Justice and the Politics of Asylum in the United States, Canada, and Australia. New York, NY: Oxford University Press (2014).

  • Honorable Mention, APSA Migration and Citizenship Section, Best Book Award 2014

Political Stories: Media Narratives of Political Participation by Asian Immigrants in the United States and Canada” with Irene Bloemraad and Els De Graauw (forthcoming in Politics, Groups, and Identities, available online July 2015).

“Ideology, International Law, and the INS: The Development of American Asylum Politics 1948-Present.” 2015. POLITY. Vol 47 (No. 3). 320-336.

Media Coverage

“’Migrants?’ or ‘Refugees?’ It’s the Wrong Question. Here’s How to Help the People Fleeing to Europe.” The Monkey Cage, October 23, 2015.


“Why the Rohingya Will Continue to Flee Myanmar, Even if We Deter Them” The Monkey Cage, May 28, 2015.

“A Recent Shift in Immigration Law Will Change Less Than You Think” The Monkey Cage, November 7, 2014.

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United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom

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