Doctoral Dissertation Research: Standardizing Persecution in US Asylum Adjudications

Project: Research project

Project Details


The proposed research has the potential to advance our scientific knowledge in two primary ways. First, by analyzing the newly available statistical data in combination with asylum case-law, internal agency memos and interviews with immigration lawyers and asylum officers, the project sheds light on the process through which the eligibility of potential asylees is determined and the extent to which select groups of asylum seekers experience disparities in the asylum determination process. Second, access to comprehensive statistical information on all cases processed by the asylum office since its founding and through fiscal year 2015, provides a rare opportunity to assess the process of boundary making in the context of asylum adjudications and in turn to advance sociological knowledge on mechanisms of boundary work and processes of state-classification.
Effective start/end date5/1/177/31/19


  • National Science Foundation (SES-1702602)


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