I'm a Fellow for the Middle East and Director of the Women’s Rights, Human Rights & Refugees program at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University. I also teach in Rice's Master of Global Affairs program.


My book, Reluctant Reception: Migration, Refugees and Governance in the Middle East and North Africa, was published in 2021 by Cambridge University Press. It's based on my doctoral dissertation which was chosen for the 2018 Best Dissertation award by the Migration and Citizenship section of the American Political Science Association.

My research has been published by academic 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, and International Migration Review, among others, as well as by popular media outlets including The Washington Post, Foreign Policy , Foreign Affairs, and The Atlantic


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.

My research has been supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council doctoral fellowship and postdoctoral fellowship, by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and also by project grants from the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS), the Kugelman Center for Citizen Peacebuilding, the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies (CGPACS), and the Center for Research on Immigration, Population & Public Policy.


I was previously a research fellow with the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies at the American University in Cairo in Egypt and with the Center for Migration Research at Istanbul Bilgi University in Turkey. I also studied at the Arab-American Language Institute in Morocco with the support of a Critical Language Scholarship from the US Department of State.


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



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