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Kelsey Norman

Kelsey Norman

Fellow for the Middle East
Director, Women's Rights, Human Rights and Refugees Program

Office Phone: (713) 348-2997


Kelsey Norman, Ph.D., is a fellow for the Middle East at Rice University’s Baker Institute and director of the Women’s Rights, Human Rights and Refugees Program. Her research focuses on women’s rights, human rights, and refugee and migration issues in the Middle East and North Africa. Her other research interests include comparative political institutions, international relations, immigration, citizenship, gender, and Middle East and North African politics.”

Her current book project, “Reluctant Reception: Understanding Host State Migration and Refugee Policies in the Middle East and North Africa,” is based on three years of fieldwork in Egypt, Morocco and Turkey. The book project is adapted from her doctoral dissertation, which was chosen for the Best Dissertation award by the Migration and Citizenship section of the American Political Science Association. Her research has been published in academic journals including the International Journal of Migration and Border Studies, the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Mashriq & Mahjar: Journal of Middle East and North African Migration Studies, the Journal of the Middle East and Africa, Égypte/Monde arabe, and The Postcolonialist. She has also published policy-oriented articles in The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog, Political Violence at a Glance, Jadaliyya, and Muftah, and has given radio interviews and public lectures on topics related to her research.

Prior to joining the Baker Institute, Norman was a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in Political Science at the University of British Columbia and a postdoctoral fellow at the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy at the University of Denver.

She received her doctorate in political science from the University of California, Irvine, a master of public policy from the University of Toronto, and a bachelor of arts from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Visit her website at https://www.kelseypnorman.com/.




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