Political Science Faculty
Political Science Faculty
Leila C. Kawar
Office Location(s): 109 Williams Hall
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Dr. Leila Kawar's work has examined the politics of law and courts in a range of national and international contexts, with a particular focus on the intersection of legal expertise with issues of citizenship, borders, and immigration. She teaches courses in Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, and Law and Society. She is the Pre-Law advisor for the College of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Kawar holds a PhD from New York University's Institute for Law and Society and also has a graduate training in the field of Social Anthropology. In 2011-2012, she was the Jerome Hall Fellow at the Center for Law and Society at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2008-2012, she served as coordinator for the Law and Society Association's Collaborative Research Network on Immigration and Citizenship. She is a co-founder of the new Migration and Citizenship Section of the American Political Science Association.
Fields of Study
- Public Law
- Law and Society
- Migration and Citizenship
- Ph.D. 2009 New York University; Law & Society
- M.Sc. 2000 London School of Economics; Social Anthropology
- A.B. 1998 Harvard College; Economics
- “Commanding Legality: The Juridification of Immigration Policymaking in France,” Journal of Law and Courts, Vol. 2 (forthcoming, 2014)
- “Juridical Framings of Immigrants in the United States and France: Courts, Social Movements, and Symbolic Politics,” International Migration Review, Vol. 46 (2012), pp. 414-455.
- “Finding a Place for Marginal Migrants in the International Human Rights System.” Studies in Law, Politics, and Society. Vol. 56 (2011), pp. 67-90.
- “Legal Mobilization on the Terrain of the State: Immigrant Rights Practice in Two National Legal Fields.” Law & Social Inquiry. Vol. 36 (2011), pp. 354-387.
- “Legality and [Dis]membership: Removal of Citizenship and the Creation of ‘Virtual Immigrants’.” Citizenship Studies. Vol. 14 (2010), pp. 573-588.
- American Society of International Law, Junior Scholars Workshop on International Legal Theory, 2013.
- NSF, Law, Politics and Social Science Research Workshop, University of Washington, 2012.
- Institute for Advanced Study (Berlin), Summer Institute on Regulating the World Society, 2011.
- Institute for Constitutional History, Summer Workshop at Yale Law School, 2010.
- Harward Center for Community Partnerships, 2011 Best New Faculty Initiative (for Service Learning Course on Immigrant Rights)
- Law and Society Association, International Research Collaborative Award
- Bates College Publicly-Engaged Academic Projects Award
- National Science Foundation, Dissertation Improvement Grant
- Lurcy Foundation Fellowship for Research in France
- French Ministry of Foreign Affairs Chateaubriand Fellowship
- "Technocratic Shepherding of Migrant Rights: The Power of Legalism to Reframe State 'Interests'." Paper Presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, 2013.
- "Making the Machine Work: Technocratic Engineering of Migrant Rights." Paper Presented at the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Boston, 2013.
- "Bringing Interpretive Approaches to Comparative Public Law Research." Paper Presented at the NSF Law, Politics and Social Science Research Workshop, University of Washington, 2012.
- "Rethinking the Intersections between Law, State Culture & Religion in a Global World," Law, Politics, and Social Science Research: Future Directions in Comparative and International Approaches, NSF Workshop, 21-22 September 2012, Bainbridge Island, WA
- “Colonialism and the Right of Return,” American Political Science Association 2012 Annual Meeting, New Orleans
- "Commanding Legality: Administrative Review of Immigration Policies in a Civil Law
Jurisdiction," Law and Society Association 2012 Annual Meeting, Honolulu
- "Methodological Issues in Comparative Sociolegal Research," Cornell Law School, Ithaca, NY, 9 October 2013
- "Generating Labor Rights Through Creative Formalism: The ILO's Production of Decent Work for Domestic Workers," University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, WI, 5 May 2012
- “Transnational Governance vs. Transnational Solidarity: Contemporary Struggles for Migrant Labor Rights.” Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME, 6 May 2011
- "Sans-Papiers on Strike: Undocumented Migrants and Social Movements in France since the 1970s,” Central Connecticut State University. Hartford, CT, 24 February 2011
- Bringing Immigration to the Law: The Politics of Immigrant Rights Litigation in the United States and France (under contract with Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2014)
- Constitutional Law: Powers and Relationships
- Constitutional Law: Procedural Rights
- Administrative Law
- Law and Society