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Douglas Klusmeyer

Associate Professor Department of Justice, Law & Criminology

Currently, I am Assistant Professor of Justice, Law and Society at American University. I have both a PhD in modern European history and a JD in law from Stanford University. My approach to issues of law and policy reflects this inter-disciplinary background. I am less interested in formal legal doctrine than in how law relates to its context (e.g. social, intellectual, and political). Previously, I was the co-director of the Carnegie Endowment’s Comparative Citizenship Project and an associate with the Endowment’s International Migration Policy Program. My current research interests include migration, political ethics, citizenship and international politics.
SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology
Ward - 251
Contact Info
(202) 885-2995

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  • Fall 2017

    • SPA-300 SPA Honors Colloquium: Law, History, and Justice
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  • Spring 2018

    • JLC-413 Topics in Law & Social Science: Legal History Seminar
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

  • Immigration Policy in the Federal Republic of Germany: Negotiating Membership and Remaking the Nation.  New York: Berghahn Books, 2009. [with Demetrios Papademetriou]
  • “Beyond Tragedy: Hannah Arendt and Hans Morgenthau on Responsibility, Evil and Political Ethics,” 11.2 International Studies Review (2009).
  • “Hannah Arendt’s Critical Realism: Power, Justice, and Responsibility,” in: Hannah Arendt and International Relations, ed. by Anthony Lang & John Williams. (New York: Palgrave Press, 2005).
  • “Between Principles and Politics: Lessons from Iraq for Humanitarian Action,” 17.3 Journal of Refugee Studies (2004). [with Astri Suhrke]
  • Citizenship Policies for an Age of Migration. Washington, DC: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2002. [with T. Alexander Aleinikoff]
  • Comprehending ‘Evil’: Challenges for Law and Policy,” 16.1 Ethics and International Affairs (2002) [with Astri Suhrke]
  • “A ‘Guiding Culture’ for Immigrants? Integration and Diversity in Germany,” 27.3 Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies ( 2001).
  • Citizenship Today: Global Perspectives and Practices. Washington, DC: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2001. [co-edited with T. Alexander Aleinikoff]
  • From Migrants to Citizens: Membership in a Changing World. Washington, DC: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2000. [co-edited with T. Alexander Aleinikoff]