Human Rights Seminar

Monday, March 2, 2020 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Columbia University Human Rights Seminar Cordially invites you to attend the Seminar’s fourth meeting on Monday March 2nd, 2020.

This year, the Columbia University Human Rights Seminar is focusing on Whither Human Rights? Navigating through evolving configurations of governance, territoriality and normativity.

Our speaker is David Scott FitzGerald who will present on “Remote Control of Migration: Theorizing Territoriality, Shared Coercion, and Deterrence.”

David Scott FitzGerald is Theodore E. Gildred Chair in U.S.-Mexican Relations, Professor of Sociology, and Co-Director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California San Diego. His research analyzes policies regulating migration and asylum in countries of origin, transit, and destination. FitzGerald’s books include Refuge beyond Reach: How Rich Democracies Repel Asylum Seekers (Oxford University Press 2019); Culling the Masses: The Democratic Origins of Racist Immigration Policy in the Americas (Harvard University Press 2014), whose several awards include the American Sociological Association’s Distinguished Scholarly Book Award; and A Nation of Emigrants: How Mexico Manages its Migration (University of California Press 2009). His seven co-edited books include Immigrant California: Understanding the Past, Present, and Future of U.S. Policy (Stanford University Press, forthcoming). FitzGerald’s articles have appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, Annual Review of Sociology, Law and Society Review, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Comparative Studies in Society and History, International Migration Review, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Qualitative Sociology, and New York University Law Review. He is currently co-authoring a book titled Refugees: A Sociological Systems Approach. FitzGerald was honored with the “Award for Public Sociology” from the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association and frequently provides comment to local, national, and international media.

The session will be chaired by George Andreopoulos, Co-Chair, Professor of Political Science, John Jay College & The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Seminar: 561, Human Rights

Meeting Date: Monday, March 2nd 2020.

Meeting Time: 7:30 PM (Optional Dinner* at 6:30 PM)

Location: Faculty House, Columbia University. Please look for a bulletin board in the Faculty House lobby for the room number announcement.


Directions: Enter campus through the gates at 116th and Broadway. Follow College Walk across Amsterdam Avenue towards Morningside Drive. After passing Jerome Greene Hall on the left, enter Wien courtyard through the gates. Follow courtyard around to the right. Faculty House will be the last building on the right.


*Optional Dinner: Participants are cordially invited to an optional buffet dinner at 6:30 pm on the second floor of the Faculty House. Price of dinner is $30 per person. University Seminars prefers dinner payments by personal checks. Checks should be made payable to Columbia University and indicate "Dinner: Seminar #561" on the memo line.

RSVP to Isaiah Rivera at by this Wednesday the 26th and kindly include the following information:

University Seminar on Human Rights (#561)
Meeting Date:
Optional dinner (Y/N):
Dietary restrictions:

We look forward to your participation.

George Andreopoulos, Co-Chair, Professor of Political Science, John Jay College & The Graduate Center, CUNY

Yasmine Ergas, Co-Chair, Director of the Specialization on Gender and Public Policy and Lecturer-in-Discipline in International and Public Affairs at SIPA, Columbia University