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I am a Fellow and Director of the Women’s Rights, Human Rights & Refugees program at the Edward P. Djerejian Center for the Middle East at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy I also teach in Rice's Master of Global Affairs program and in the Department of Political Science.


My research focuses on the politics of migration and refugee hosting in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as globally. My book, Reluctant Reception: Migration, Refugees and Governance in the Middle East and North Africa, was published in 2021 by Cambridge University Press. The book was selected as one of Choice's Outstanding Titles for 2021, was awarded an honorable mention by the American Political Science Association’s Migration and Citizenship 2021 Best Book Committee, and was selected for The Washington Post’s 2022 Annual African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular. An article-length version of my book won the 2021 Perry World House-Foreign Affairs Emerging Scholars Policy Prize.

My academic work has been published by peer-reviewed journals including the European Journal of International Relations, International Studies Review, the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, the Journal of North African Studies, Globalizations, Migration Politics, and International Migration Review, among others, and my writing for popular media outlets has been published in the The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Foreign AffairsThe Atlantic, and The Conversation


Before joining Rice University, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for European Studies at the University of British Columbia and at the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy at the Josef Korbel School for International Studies at the University of Denver. I earned my PhD from the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine in 2017.

I am currently working on a second book with Dr. Nicholas Micinski that examines the domestic impact of migration management aid in North and sub-Saharan Africa, among a number of other projects. 


To find out more about my research you can email me at kpnorman (at) rice (dot) edu



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