Research

Overview

I primarily work in the political philosophy of migration. My recent research has focused on the rights of refugees. In particular, I have written about the scope of the right to refuge in international law, as well as refugee rights within host states upon receipt of asylum. Currently, I am working on some topics in justice in migration more broadly, including the rights of long-settled migrants, the rights of internally displaced people, and the impact of state-centric frameworks on forcibly displaced people in both theory and practice.


Publications

(1) The Right to Family Unification for Refugees (Forthcoming, expected 2022-2023)
Accepted for publication in Social Theory and Practice.

(2) Refugees and Family Unification (Forthcoming)
With Matthew Lister.
Forthcoming in Handbook of Migration Ethics ed. by Johanna Gördemann, Andreas Niederberger, and Uchenna Okeja (Dordrecht: Springer).

(3) Crisis Nationalism: to what degree is national partiality acceptable during a global pandemic? (2021)
With Mike Gadomski, Dylan Manson, and Kok-Chor Tan.
Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 24:1 (2021), 285-300. Available here.

(4) Against the Alienage Condition for Refugeehood (2020)
Law and Philosophy 32:9 (2020), 147-176. Available here.

(5) Replacing the Persecution Condition for Refugeehood (2020)
ARSP 106:1 (2020), 4-18. In conjunction with the IVR Young Scholar Prize. Available here.


Works In Progress

(6) A Paper on the Impermissibility of Deporting Long-Term Residents (Under Review)

(7) A Paper on Refugee Integration (Under Review)

(8) A Paper on Justice in Internal Displacement (In-Progress)


Professional Reports

(9) Mapping the Climate Emergency: Will Migration Change the World? (With Christine Carpenter)
Perry World House, Spring 2020 Global Shifts Pre-Colloquium Report (2020).

(10) Safe But Not Settled: The Impact of Family Separation on Refugees in the UK. ​(With Anna Musgrave and Josephine Liebl)
Oxfam and Refugee Council, (2018). Available here.


Dissertation Summary

Supervised by: Kok-Chor Tan.
Committee members: Brian Berkey and Samuel Freeman.
Defended April 2020.

My dissertation concerned the rights of refugees. It was a project of two parts.

Part One provided an account of the scope of the right to refuge in international law. In this section, I rejected both the alienage and persecution requirements for refugee-status-eligibility outlined in the 1951 Refugee Convention. Instead, I defended a definition that would extend the right to refuge to any individual whose human rights are urgently threatened, who has no effective recourse to their home government, and whose interests can only or best be satisfied by means of refuge.

In Part Two, I turned to the question of what refugee-hosting states and societies owe to refugees within their borders. In this section, I provided a refugee-specific framework for future discussion on the topic of integration, and outlined some of the high-level rights and responsibilities states, refugees, and members of the host society have to facilitate integration between refugees and host communities. I also provided an account of the scope and nature of refugee family reunification rights, arguing that states have stronger, broader, and less-conditional duties to reunite refugees with their families, especially when those refugees are children.