Alex Aleinikoff is University Professor, and has served as Director of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility since January 2017. He received a J.D. from the Yale Law School and a B.A. from Swarthmore College.
Alex has written widely in the areas of immigration and refugee law and policy, transnational law, citizenship, race, and constitutional law. He is currently at work on a book tentatively titled, The Arc of Protection: Reforming the International Refugee Regime. His book Semblances of Sovereignty: The Constitution, the State, and American Citizenship was published by Harvard University Press in 2002. Alex is a co-author of leading legal casebooks on immigration law and forced migration.
Before coming to The New School, Alex served as United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees (2010-15) and was a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he also served as dean and Executive Vice President of Georgetown University. He was co-chair of the Immigration Task Force for President Barack Obama’s transition team in 2008. From 1994 to 1997, he served as the general counsel, and then executive associate commissioner for programs, at the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).
Alex was inducted into the American Academy of Arts of Sciences in 2014.
J.D. Yale Law School
B.A. Swathmore College
Semblances of Sovereignty: The Constitution, the State, and American Citizenship. Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 2002.
SELECTED RECENT ARTICLES
"Toward a Global System of Human Mobility: Three Thoughts," American Journal of International Law, April 2017.
"The Present, Past, and Future of Refugee Protection and Solutions: Camps, Comprehensive Plans, and Cyber-Communities," Emory International Law Review, 2017.
"Reflections on the Worldwide Refugee 'Crisis,'" UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs, Winter 2017 (edited transcript of live symposium at UCLA School of Law)
"This is how Private Citizens Could Help Refugees Come to the US," Time Ideas, February 2017
"Trump's Executive Order: Banning Immigration and Refugee Admissions," Public Seminar, January 2017
"The Trump Executive Orders on Immigration Enforcement," Public Seminar, January 2017
Immigration and refugee law and policy, transnational law, citizenship, race, and constitutional law
Inducted into the National Academy of the Arts and Sciences, 2014
Boundaries and Belonging