Daniel Kanstroom to Deliver ISI Lecture on ‘Global Deportations'

Friday, March 10, 2017

-- Via UMass News & Media Relations

Daniel Kanstroom, professor of law, Thomas F. Carney Distinguished Scholar at Boston College, and associate director of the Boston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice, will speak on “Global Deportation: The Rise of a Dangerous New Phenomenon” on March 22 at 4:30 p.m. in the Old Chapel Great Hall.

Kanstroom, the 2016-17 Interdisciplinary Studies Institute (ISI) resident, will be on campus March 21-24 as part of the ISI’s 2016-17 theme, ‘Trespassing.’ In addition to his lecture, he will engage with faculty, graduate students and the local community.

Kanstroom teaches immigration and refugee law, international human rights law, constitutional law, administrative law and the international human rights semester in practice.

He founded the Boston College Immigration and Asylum clinic, in which students represent indigent noncitizens and asylum-seekers. Together with his students, he has won many high-profile immigration and asylum cases and has provided counsel for hundreds of clients over more than a decade. He and his students have also written amicus briefs for the U.S. Supreme Court, organized innumerable public presentations in schools, churches, community centers, courts and prisons, and have advised many community groups.

Kanstroom was a co-founder of the Immigration Spring Break Trips, where students work on immigration law cases during their spring break. His newest initiative, the Post-Deportation Human Rights Project, seeks to conceptualize and develop a new field of law while representing U.S. deportees abroad and undertaking empirical study of the effects of deportation on families and communities.

His most recent books are “Aftermath: Deportation Law and the New American Diaspora,” and “Deportation Nation: Outsiders in American History.” He is also a co-editor of “The New Deportations Delirium” and “Constructing Immigrant ‘Illegality.’”

Kanstroom’s public lecture takes place in collaboration with the College of Social & Behavioral Science series, “Social Science Matters: Perspectives on Migration.”