Spring Semester Course Focuses on "Mobility and Migration"
LISD Research Associate Barbara Buckinx is teaching the course "Mobility and Migration in International Perspective" during the 2019 spring semester as part of the curriculum of the Woodrow Wilson School. Buckinx's course, WWS 404, is a junior seminar.
Mobility and Migration in International Perspective will engage with key current issues and debates. In recent years, the movement of people across borders has become more politically salient and migration policies more highly contested. Migration is near or at the top of lists of citizens’ concerns, and across the world, governments and political parties are making names for themselves by championing restrictions on border crossing. Intraregional mobility is under siege as well. With the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration and the Global Compact on Refugees, the member states of the United Nations have for the first time negotiated agreements on all dimensions of global migration. The impact of the Global Compacts is as yet unclear, but what is certain is that this is an important time to study mobility and migration policy. This research seminar will cover the regulation of border crossing and interior immigration control, as well as the types and purposes of mobility, from family reunification and employment migration to protection from persecution. It will explore the factors that shape migration flows worldwide and assess the effects of the global movement of people on both "home" and "host" societies. The primary purpose of the seminar is to give students the necessary background and tools to produce independent research.
Barbara Buckinx is Associate Research Scholar at the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination and Lecturer in Public and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University. She received her PhD in Politics from Princeton University in 2010. Dr. Buckinx also holds MA and MSc degrees in Psychology and Social and Political Theory, both from the University of Edinburgh. Prior to returning to Princeton, she was a pre-doctoral fellow with the Political Theory Project at Brown University, a Justitia Amplificata and Kassel Foundation post-doctoral fellow at Goethe University Frankfurt, and a Fellow with the Center on Global Justice at the University of California, San Diego. Her research interests lie in global governance, migration, refugees, citizenship, and borders. Her teaching interests also include the environment and gender. Her work has appeared in Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, Migration Studies, Ethics & International Affairs, and Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric. Her article on “The case against removal: Jus noci and harm in deportation practice” (co-authored, A. Filindra) was the Winner of the 2015 Migration Studies Prize for Best Article.
Buckinx is co-editor of Domination and Global Political Justice: Conceptual, Historical, and Institutional Perspectives (Routledge, 2015) and is writing a manuscript that investigates the problem of the unrestrained and potential exercise of power in global politics. Dr. Buckinx recently taught Junior Research Seminars on immigration policy (WWS 403, WWS 404) and guest lectured for seminars on sustainability and climate engineering. She is Reviews Editor for the journal Global Justice: Theory Practice Rhetoric and co-convener of the international Normative Theory of Immigration Working Group. She also chairs the selection committee for the annual Jonathan Trejo-Mathys Essay Prize, which is co-sponsored by The Global Justice Network and the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy at Boston College. At LISD, she coordinates the Project on Self-Determination and Emerging Issues, and is co-director of the Student Fellows Program on "Gender, Law, and Security."