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CSDE Welcomes Arar as New Seminar Series Chair!

Posted: 8/17/2023 (CSDE Seminar Series)

We are very proud to announce CSDE Affiliate Rawan Arar as the Chair of CSDE’s upcoming Seminar Series season! We are filling out the year’s schedule and drawing upon your suggestions and ideas. If you would like to present during our Friday seminar from 12:30-1:30pm, we’d love to hear from you. If you have an idea for an outside speaker, a panel of speakers discussing different dimensions of research on a topic, or an author-meets-critic book event, don’t hesitate to reach out. Our seminar is a vital and exciting opportunity to learn about the latest in population-related research and to share research ideas with each other.

Rawan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Law, Societies, and Justice. She completed her Ph.D. in sociology at the University of California San Diego. Her research program begins with the refugee as a central figure of analysis. Refugee displacement is the manifestation of the breakdown of borders and citizenship rights while refugee status, as a legal construct, is delimited by the principle of sovereignty. Refugees’ lives and life chances are inextricably tied to national and global policies, which create or impede access to basic needs, education, rights, and mobility.

There are still speaking slots available for this upcoming season! If you want to share your research with a thoughtful community of scholars, don’t hesitate to reach out to Rawan ( – we would love to showcase your work!