Seminar Series

Tuesdays • 4:30 pm
Room 203, Henry R. Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Ave., New Haven, CT 
*Fall 2020 Seminars will be hosted online via Zoom
Fall 2020Spring 2020Fall 2019 | Spring 2019 |Fall 2018 | Spring 2018 | Spring 2017


Fall 2020

SEPTEMBER 29

Creating Coexistence: Intergroup Contact and Soccer in Post-ISIS Iraq 
Salma Mousa, Stanford University – Immigration Policy Lab and Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law 

OCTOBER 13

Outsourcing Otherness: Race and Belonging in the Morocco-EU Border 
Leslie Gross-Wyrtzen, Yale University – Council for African Studies 

OCTOBER 27

A Market for Work Permits 
Martin Ravallion, Georgetown University – Department of Economics 

NOVEMBER 3

Family-Based Mental Health Promotion for Somali Bantu and Bhutanese Refugees: Results of a Feasibility and Acceptability Trial 
Theresa Betancourt, Boston University – School of Social Work, and Harvard Medical School 

NOVEMBER 17

Gang Rule: Understanding and Countering Criminal Governance 
Chris Blattman, University of Chicago – Pearson Institute and Harris Public School 

DECEMBER 1

Brother or Invaders? How Crisis-Driven Migrants Shape Voting Behavior 
Sandra Rozo, University of Southern California – Marshall School of Business


Spring 2020 

JANUARY 28 

Let Them In: Representing Refugees in the Age of the Invisible Wall
Julie Kornfeld, Yale University – Law School and Refugee Rights and Stephen Poellot, Yale University – Law School and Fordham University School of Law

FEBRUARY 4

The Preferred Solution? Repatriation and the Resolution of Refugee Situations
Megan Bradley, McGill University - Department of Political Science and Institute for the Study of International Development

FEBRUARY 25 

Refugee Compacts: bridging evidence, policy, and politics for more sustainable approaches to protracted displacement 
Cindy Huang, Refugees International 

MARCH 3 

Allowing Migrants to Work: Impacts of Giving Job Permits in Labor Markets 
Ana María Ibáñez, Inter-American Development Bank 

APRIL 1* 

Early childhood development in the Syrian and Rohingya refugee response regions
Hiro Yoshikawa, New York University – Applied Psychology and Alice Wuermli, New York University – Low-Income Countries Program 
* Wednesday, 1:00-2:30pm School of Management - EVANS Hall, 165 Whitney Avenue, 2400 Class of 1980 Classroom

APRIL 7*

Family-Based Mental Health Promotion for Somali Bantu and Bhutanese Refugees: Results of a Feasibility and Acceptability Trial
Theresa Betancourt, Boston University – School of Social Work and Harvard Medical School

* Postponed to November 3rd, 2020


Fall 2019

SEPTEMBER 24

The Politics of Migration in Modern Egypt, Gerasimos Tsourapas
Gerasimos Tsourapas,
 University of Birmingham

October 8

Not Only in the Mediterranean: Humanitarian Challenges of Migration in and Out of Africa*
Steven W. Smith
, Duke University

October 22

India’s National Register Process in Assam: The Idea of Citizenship and the Future of Those Declare Non-Citizens
Sushant Singh, Indian Express Newspaper

October 29

Hosting the Rohingya
C. Austin Davis, American University

November 5

Migration Policies at the Crossroads: Between Nationalist and Populist Repression and Long-Term Strategic ‘Facilitation’ of Mobility
François Crépeau, McGill University

November 15 - FRIDAY*

The Political Value of Time
Elizabeth Cohen, Syracuse University - Room 203, Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Ave*


Spring 2019

January 16

New Methods of Discussing Gender Norm Change and Sensitive Subjects: A Case Study of Body Map Panels with South Sudanese refugees
Hilary Matfess, Graduate Student, Political Science & Medicine, Yale University

January 16

Instrumentalizing Mental Health in Jordan: International Aid, Practitioners, and the Syrian Refugee
Erik Kramer, Graduate Student, Medicine, Yale University

January 23

Dangerous alliances-cooperation between the EU and third states in migration
Lena Riemer
, Fox Fellow, Yale University

February 20

Crimes of Rescue: Humanitarian Smuggling and the Limits of Legitimate Criminalization
Violeta Moreno-Lax,
Senior Lecturer, School of Law, Queen Mary University of London

February 27

Understanding Legal Recourse for Refugees in Turkey
Pilar Brito,
Graduate Student, Law School, Yale University

March 27

Host and Refugee Communities in Bangladesh: Data and Policy
C. Austin Davis,
Assistant Professor of Economics, American University

April 03

Child protection and migration: The human rights consequences of the European Migration policy
Vasileia Lucero Digidiki, Instructor, School of Public Health, Harvard University


Fall 2018

SEPTEMBER 19 

Africa’s Sanctuary City: Refugee Spaces and Urban Citizenship in Nairobi, Kenya 
Derese Kassa, Iona College 

OCTOBER 3 

Global Health Connections & Care of Vulnerable Populations 

Aisha Sethi, Yale University 

NOVEMBER 7 

What is Happening in Nicaragua? From an Accidental Activist 

Lorna Solis, Founder, Blue Rose Compass 

NOVEMBER 14 

Host and Refugee Communities in Bangladesh: Data and Policy 

C. Austin Davis, Post-Doctoral Associate, Yale University; and American University


Spring 2018 

January 25

Digital Refugees: Displacement and Connectedness
Sandra Ponzanesi,
Columbia University 

March 1

Mass Violence and Mass Exodus: The Causes and Consequences of the Rohingya Crisis
Mayesha Alam,
Yale University

April 12

Humanitarian Diplomacy in Syria
Ahmad Tarakji,
President, Syrian Medical Society 

April 19

Exploring the food and nutrition security of Syrian refugees and host communities during a protracted crisis: The case of Lebanon
Lamis Jomaa,
American University of Beirut 


Spring 2017

March 2

HIV/AIDS Prevention Research in Lebanon
Kaveh Khoshnood,
Associate Professor of Public Health, Yale University 

March 30

Humanitarian Experiences and Everyday Life during the West African Ebola Outbreak
Kristen McLean,
MPH, Yale University 

April 6

The Framework of Refugee Protection in the United States: International Obligations and Domestic Laws 
Maya Prabhu,
MD, LLB, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Law and Psychiatry Division, Yale University