Kanstroom, Daniel

Boston College Law School

Daniel Kanstroom is Professor of Law and Thomas F. Carney Distinguished Scholar at Boston College Law School, where he teaches Immigration and Refugee Law, International Human Rights Law, Constitutional Law, and Administrative Law. He is co-Director of the Center for Human Rights and International Justice and Director of the Post-Deportation Human Rights Project, which seeks to conceptualize and develop a new field of law while representing US deportees abroad. He founded the Boston College Immigration and Asylum clinic in which students represent indigent migrants and asylum-seekers. Together with his students and co-counsel, he has provided counsel for hundreds of clients, won dozens of immigration and asylum cases [and lost a few], and authored amicus briefs for the U.S. Supreme Court and many other courts.

Professor Kanstroom has published widely in the fields of U.S. immigration law, human rights, criminal law, and European citizenship and asylum law. His recent work includes: Aftermath: Deportation Law and the New American Diaspora (Oxford University Press 2012) and Deportation Nation: Outsiders in American History (Harvard University Press 2007). His edited books include: The New Deportations Delirium: Interdisciplinary Responses (with psychologist M. Brinton Lykes, NYU Press 2015) and Constructing Illegality (with sociologist Cecilia Menjivar, Cambridge University Press 2013). He is currently writing a new book, entitled Deportation World (Harvard University Press), which explores the rise of deportation as a global phenomenon.

His articles, book reviews and op-eds have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Journal of International Law, the UCLA Law Review, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the French Gazette du Palais, and many other venues.

He 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 was a member of the national Immigration Commission of the American Bar Association and on the advisory boards of the PAIR Project and the Rapport Center.