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  • Anne McNevin

    Associate Professor of Politics


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    Anne McNevin


    Anne McNevin is Associate Professor of Politics at the New School for Social Research. Anne was chair of the politics department from 2019-2021 and a Member of the School of Social Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton from 2018-19. Anne received her PhD in Politics and International Relations from the Australian National University. Before coming to The New School she was Lecturer in Politics at Monash University, and a Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow at RMIT, Melbourne. 

    Anne’s research spans three broad areas: the transformation of citizenship and sovereignty, the regulation of borders and migration, and spatial and temporal dimensions of world politics. Her first book, Contesting Citizenship (Columbia UP, 2011), examines mobilizations by irregular migrants in the US, Europe and Australia in the context of neoliberal globalization. Later publications focus on the transnational governmental regimes that shape the experience of refugees and migrants in and around Indonesia. More recent work examines the deployment of time as a technique of border control and an arena of political struggle. She is currently working on a new book, World-Making and Border Politics, which aims to bring a world that is not defined by bordered states into the realm of serious political consideration. Some of this new work is prefigured in this article and this brief essay. 

    Degrees Held

    PhD, Politics and International Relations, Australian National University, 2006.

    MA (Prelim), German Studies, University of Western Australia

    BA (Hons 1) Politics and Asian Studies, Australian National University

    Recent Publications

    Worldmaking and Border Politics, Manuscript in progress. 

    Contesting Citizenship: Irregular Migrants and New Frontiers of the Political. New York: Columbia University Press, 2011.

    (with Manfred B. Steger, eds.) Global Ideologies and Urban Landscapes, London and New York: Routledge, 2011.

    Peer Reviewed Articles and Chapters

    “On Being Unsettled: Discomfort and non-innocence in border studies” in Julie Young, Sheila McManus and Paul McKenzie Jones (eds.) The Line Crossed Us: New Directions in Critical Border Studies, forthcoming: Athabasca University Press.

    “Epistemic Violence and the Man Who Loves Ducks” in Behrouz Boochani, Freedom, Only Freedom: The Prison Writings of Behrouz Boochani, Omid Tofighian and Moones Mansoubi (eds. and trans.), London: Bloomsbury Academic, pp.82-86.

    “Against Crisis: Violence and Continuity in Manus Island Prison,” in Didier Fassin and Axel Honneth (eds.) Crisis Under Critique: How People Assess, Transform and Respond to Critical Situations. New York: Columbia UP, 2022, pp.211-232.

    “The City and the Clock in Planetary Times: Revisiting Isin’s Being Political Twenty Years On,” Citizenship Studies. 26(4/5), 2022: 565-576. 

    “Membership” and “Struggle” (multi-authored) in Nicholas de Genova and Martina Tazzioli (eds.) “Minor Keywords of Political Theory: Migration as a Critical Standpoint,” Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, 2021 (online first).

    "Time and the Figure of the Citizen." International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society, 33(4), 2020: 545-559.

    Mobility and its Discontents: Thinking Beyond International Space and Progressive Time.” Environment & Planning C: Politics and Space. 2019 (online first).

    Hospitality as a Horizon of Aspiration (or, What the International Refugee Regime Can Learn from Acehnese Fishermen).” Journal of Refugee Studies, 31(3), 2018 (co-authored with Antje Missbach).

    "Luxury Limbo: Temporal techniques of border control and the humanitarianisation of waiting" International Journal of Migration and Border Studies, 4(2), 2018 (co-authored with Antje Missbach).

    "Learning to live with irregular migration: towards a more ambitious debate on the politics of 'the problem'"  Citizenship Studies. 21(2), 2017.

    "The Rationalities of Migration Management: control and subversion in an Indonesia-based counter-smuggling campaign" International Political Sociology. 10(3), 2016: 223-240 (co-authored with Antje Missbach and Deddy Mulyana).

    Beyond Territoriality: rethinking human mobility, border security and geopolitical space from the Indonesian island of BintanSecurity Dialogue. 45(3) 2014, 295 – 310.

    “Forced Migration in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific” in Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh et. al. (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014, pp.639-650.

    “Global Migration and Mobility: Conceptual Approaches, Governing Rationalities and Social Transformations” in Manfred Steger, Paul Battersby and Joseph Siracus (eds.) Sage Handbook of Globalization, London: Sage, 2014, pp.644-661.

    Ambivalence and Citizenship: Theorising the Political Claims of Irregular MigrantsMillennium, 41(2) 2013, pp.182-200.

    “Undocumented Citizens? Shifting Grounds of Citizenship in Los Angeles” in Peter Nyers and Kim Rygiel (eds.) Citizenship, Migrant Activism and the Politics of Movement, New York and London: Routledge, 2012, pp. 165-183.

    Becoming Political: Irregular Migrant Activism through Community TheatreLocal-Global: Identity, Security, Community, 8 (2010), pp. 142-156.

    “Confessions of a failed feminist IR scholar: feminist methodologies in practice in Peshawar,” in Bina d’Costa and Katrina Lee Koo (eds.) Gender and Global Politics in the Asia-Pacific, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, pp. 115-128.

    Irregular Migrants, Neoliberal Geographies and Spatial Frontiers of ‘the Political,’’ Review of International Studies, 33 (4), 2007, pp. 655-674.

    The Liberal Paradox and the Politics of Asylum in Australia,” Australian Journal of Political Science, 41 (4), 2007, pp. 611-630.

    Political Belonging in a Neoliberal Era: The Struggle of the Sans-Papiers,Citizenship Studies, 10 (2), 2006, pp. 135-151.


    Research Interests

    Critical Border Studies; Migration Studies;Theories of Citizenship; Radical democratic theory and practice; Critical approaches to Global Politics and International Relations


    Future Courses

    Approaches to World Politics
    GPOL 5030, Fall 2024

    Independent Study
    GPOL 6990, Fall 2024, Spring 2025

    Sovereignty: Concepts & Claims
    LPOL 2221, Fall 2024

    Past Courses

    Approaches to World Politics
    GPOL 5030, Fall 2023

    CRS: Transnational Border Lab
    UGLB 3728, Fall 2023

    Independent Study
    GPOL 6990, Fall 2023, Spring 2024

    Senior Capstone Seminar
    UGLB 4710, Fall 2023

    Time and World Politics
    GPOL 6384, Spring 2024

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