The detail of the Statue of Liberty above evokes the shared history of the U.S. and France as nations of immigrants. UMass Amherst political science and legal studies scholar Leila Kawar examines how the work of lawyers, judges and other legal experts shapes our understandings of migration and the processes by which immigration policy is made. Kawar is the co-winner of the 2015 Herbert Jacob Book Prize for the best book in law and society scholarship for her book, Contesting Immigration Policy in Court: Legal Activism and its Radiating Effects in the United States and France. Learn more.
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