Kanstroom, Daniel

Boston College Law School

Daniel Kanstroom is Professor of Law and Dean’s Research Scholar at Boston College Law School, where he teaches Immigration and Refugee Law, International Human Rights Law, and Administrative Law. He is the Director of the International Human Rights Program and co-founded the Post-Deportation Human Rights Project, a unique initiative that seeks to conceptualize and develop a new field of law while representing deportees abroad.  He was also the founder of the Boston College Immigration and Asylum clinic in which students represent indigent migrants and asylum-seekers.  Together with his students, he has provided counsel for hundreds of clients, won dozens of immigration and asylum cases, and authored amicus briefs for the U.S. Supreme Court and other courts in immigration and human rights cases.  

Professor Kanstroom has published widely in the fields of U.S. immigration law, human rights, criminal law, and European citizenship and asylum law.  His most recent edited book, with sociologist Cecilia Menjivar, is entitled Constructing Illegality (Cambridge University Press 2013).  He is also the author of Aftermath: Deportation Law and the New American Diaspora  (Oxford University Press 2012) and Deportation Nation: Outsiders in American History (Harvard University Press 2007). His articles have appeared in such venues as the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Journal of International Law, the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, the UCLA Law Review, and the French Gazette du Palais.

Professor Kanstroom has taught at many universities including The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, American University, the University of Paris, Northeastern School of Law, King’s College, London, the University of Hawai’i, and Vermont Law School.  He has lectured on immigration and human rights issues around the world, trained hundreds of judges and lawyers in the intricacies of U.S. immigration law, published op-eds in the New York Times and elsewhere, and been featured on ABC News, National Public Radio, and Court TV, among other media appearances.

He was a member of the national Immigration Commission of the American Bar Association and serves on the Advisory Board of the PAIR Project.