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Spotlight on CSDE Affiliate, Rawan Arar

Posted: 9/28/2020 (CSDE Research)

Assistant Professor of Law, Societies and Justice Dr. Rawan Arar studies the Sociology of refugee migration. Her work has appeared in the Annual Review of Sociology and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.  This summer she was awarded a UW Royalty Research Fund grant to study Syrian Refugees and their relationship to governance mechanisms in Jordan. She completed her Ph.D. in sociology at the University of California San Diego. In her research program she starts with the refugee as a central figure of analysis. Arar argues that 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. Furthermore, 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. Arar’s research lies at the intersection of these issues and pushes forward debates about states, rights, and theories of international migration.