I am looking forward to returning to my alma mater, the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland, to assume a three-year Visiting Professor position.
From 2002 to 2018 I was Research Professor at the Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM) at Georgetown University. In the Fall of 2016, I served as the George Soros Visiting Professor in Public Policy at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary. I was also Editor-in-Chief of International Migration and held a senior position with the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) in the US Department of Health and Human Services. I taught at the Howard University in the Social Work with Displaced Populations Program, and managed a program area on admissions and resettlement of refugees in industrialized countries for the Refugee Policy Group.
I am a recipient of several Fulbright grants to teach, conduct research, and provide technical assistance in Poland, Thailand, Indonesia, and Slovenia as well as a residential fellowship at the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, Italy.
My new co-edited book has been published! It is open access, so feel free to download it here.
This book explores how the rising numbers of refugees entering Europe from 2015 onwards played into fears of cultural, religious, and ethnic differences across the continent. The migrant, or refugee crisis, prompted fierce debate about European norms and values, with some commentators questioning whether mostly Muslim refugees would be able to adhere to these values, and be able to integrate into a predominantly Christian European society. In this volume, philosophers, legal scholars, anthropologists and sociologists, analyze some of these debates and discuss practical strategies to reconcile the values that underpin the European project with multiculturalism and religious pluralism, whilst at the same time safeguarding the rights of refugees to seek asylum.
Country case studies in the book are drawn from France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom; representing states with long histories of immigration, countries with a more recent refugee arrivals, and countries that want to keep refugees at bay and refuse to admit even the smallest number of asylum seekers. Contributors in the book explore the roles which national and local governments, civil society, and community leaders play in these debates and practices, and ask what strategies are being used to educate refugees about European values, and to facilitate their integration.
At a time when debates on refugees and European norms continue to rage, this book provides an important interdisciplinary analysis which will be of interest to European policy makers, and researchers across the fields of migration, law, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, and political science.