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Rebecca Hamlin

Professional Title: 

Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science


Thompson 502


Office Hours: 

Spring 2019: Tuesdays 10:15-11:15am, Wednesdays 1-2pm and by appointment.


PhD, Political Science & MA, Political Science, University of California, Berkeley; BA, University of Chicago


My research is focused on law and immigration politics, and I have a particular interest in migrant categorization and the concept of a refugee. My published work has examined how the United States and other liberal democracies use administrative agencies and courts to adjudicate migration and citizenship questions, and the political responses to judicial involvement in migration matters. I have published articles on the history of American asylum policy, comparative Refugee Status Determination systems, the politics of migration and the media in the UK, and the blending of international criminal law and immigration law to remove suspected war criminals and human rights violators. 

My first book, Let me be a Refugee was published by Oxford University Press in 2014:

My second book, Crossing: The Migrant/Refugee Binary and State Responses to Asylum Seekers will be published with Stanford University Press in 2020. 

Area of Study: 

  • American politics
  • Comparative politics
  • Public law

Curriculum Vitae: 

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  • Legal Studies