Research Scholar; Project Lead for Project on Self-Determination, the Environment, and Migration; Project Lead for Project on Gender in the Global Community; Lecturer, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs
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Barbara Buckinx is a Research Scholar and Lecturer in Public and International Affairs at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. She received her PhD in Politics from Princeton University and 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, PS: Political Science & Politics, 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.

She is co-editor of Domination and Global Political Justice: Conceptual, Historical, and Institutional Perspectives (Routledge, 2015) and is completing a monograph that investigates the problem of the unrestrained and potential exercise of power in global politics. In her monograph as well as her work more generally, Dr Buckinx aims to reconcile the divide between normative political theory and policy research and give guidance to scholars as well as policy makers on what to allow, what to prohibit, and how to target reform in global governance.

Dr. Buckinx recently taught Junior Research Seminars on immigration policy and global governance (SPI 403, 404) and a new course, The Ethical Policy Maker (SPI 368), which pairs a domestic or international public policy with relevant scholarship in ethics to better understand what is at stake. She has also guest lectured in SPI 501 and seminars on sustainability and climate engineering. 

She is co-chair of The Global Justice Network and a member of the Global Health Impact's Pandemic Health Equity Working Group and the 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 is the Project Lead for the Project on Global Governance, the Project on Environment and Migration, and the Project on Gender in the Global Community. 


Selected Publications
  • “Improving Virtual Workshopping: Reflections from an Online Community of Migration Ethics Scholars,” PS: Political Science & Politics, 2022. With B. Buechel and S. Silverman.
  • Self-Determination and Sea-Level Rise. Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, 2021. With M. Edbrooke and R. Ibrahem - Included in UN General Assembly, 2022, Sea-level rise in relation to international law, selected bibliography, UN Document A/CN.4/752/Add.1
  • “Foreign Policy and Domination: Licensing the State,” in R. Beardsworth, G.W. Brown and R. Shapcott, Eds., The State and Cosmopolitan Responsibilities. Oxford University Press, 2019
  • “The Case Against Removal: Jus Noci and Harm in Deportation Practice”, Migration Studies, 3(3), 319-412, 2015. With A. Filindra. - Winner, Migration Studies Best Article Award
  • Domination and Global Political Justice: Conceptual, Historical, and Institutional Perspectives. Routledge, 2015 (paperback 2018). Co-edited with J. Trejo-Mathys and T. Waligore.