Daniel Kanstroom is Professor of Law, Thomas F. Carney Distinguished Scholar,
Director of the International Human Rights Program, and an Associate Director of the
Boston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice. He teaches Immigration
and Refugee Law, International Human Rights Law, Administrative Law, and the
International Human Rights Semester in Practice. Professor Kanstroom was the founder of
the Boston College Immigration and Asylum clinic in which students represent indigent
noncitizens and asylum-seekers. Together with his students, he has won many high-profile
immigration and asylum cases and has provided counsel for hundreds of clients over more
than a decade. He and his students have also written amicus briefs for the U.S. Supreme
Court, organized innumerable public presentations in schools, churches, community
centers, courts and prisons, and have advised many community groups. He was a co-founder
of the Immigration Spring Break Trips, where students work on immigration law cases
during their Spring Break. Professor Kanstroom’s newest initiative, the Post-Deportation
Human Rights Project, seeks to conceptualize and develop a new field of law while
representing US deportees abroad and undertaking empirical study of the effects of
deportation on families and communities. 

Professor Kanstroom has published widely in the fields of U.S. immigration law, criminal
law, and European citizenship and asylum law. His most recent books are: Constructing
“Illegality”: Immigrant Experiences, Critiques, and Resistance, (editor, with Cecilia
Menjívar) (Cambridge University Press 2013); Aftermath: Deportation Law and the New
American Diaspora, (Oxford University Press 2012); and Deportation Nation: Outsiders in
American History (Harvard University Press 2007). His articles and short pieces have
appeared in such venues as the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Journal of International Law,
the UCLA Law Review, the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, the new York Times, the
Journal of Social History, and the French Gazette du Palais. Professor Kanstroom has
served on the American Bar Association's Immigration Commission and the Advisory
Board of the PAIR Project. He was rapporteur for the American Branch of the Refugee Law
Section of the International Law Association. He has been a visiting Professor at the
University of Paris, the University of Boulogne sur Mer, Northeastern School of Law,
American University, King’s College, and Vermont Law School. 



Constructing Illegality in America: Immigrant Experiences, Critiques, and Resistance (with Cecilia Menjívar) (2013)

The topic of 'illegal' immigration has been a major aspect of public discourse in the...

Aftermath: Deportation Law and the New American Diaspora (2012)

Since the passage of harsh new deportation laws in 1996, the United States has deported...



Deportation Nation: Outsiders in American History (2007)

The danger of deportation hangs over the head of virtually every noncitizen in the United...



Massachusetts Criminal Practice, 2nd (with Eric Blumenson and Stanley Fisher) (1998)
Massachusetts Criminal Defense: 1997 Cumulative Supplement (with Eric D. Blumenson and Stanley Z. Fisher) (1997)



Predicting the Complex Future of Retroactivity in Massachusetts: Commonwealth v. Sylvain, Boston Bar Journal (2014)

From the introduction: In Commonwealth v. Sylvain,466 Mass. 422 (2013), the SJC held that the...



Panel Two: Should There Be Remote Public Access to Court Filings in Immigration Cases? (with The Honorable Robert Hinkle, David McCraw, and Eleanor Acer), Fordham Law Review (2012)


"Passed Beyond Our Aid:" U.S. Deportation, Integrity, and the Rule of Law, Fletcher Forum of World Affairs (2011)

The United States is still in the midst of a massive deportation experiment that is...



Padilla v. Kentucky and the Evolving Right to Deportation Counsel: Watershed or Work-in-Progress?, New England Law Review (2011)

Though widely heralded by immigration and human rights lawyers as a “landmark,” possible “watershed,” and...


Contributions to Books


Doesn't Love a Wall: U.S. Deportation and Detention, Hidden Lives and Human Rights in the United States: Understanding the Controversies and Tragedies of Undocumented Immigration (2014)


Immigration Law: Current Challenges and the Elusive Search for Legal Integrity, Immigration Practice Manual (2012)

This chapter offers an overview of deep questions about immigration and deportation law and practice....

Various entries, Anti-Immigration in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia (2011)


Loving Humanity While Accepting Real People: A Critique and a Cautious Affirmation (with David Hollenbach), Driven From Home: Protecting the Rights of Forced Migrants (2010)


Immigration, Crime and Consequence: The Collateral Effects of Criminal Conduct (2009)

Works in Progress

Selected Professional Activities

The Legal View of Deportation, Deportation: Its Implications for Poverty, Inequality, and Politics, Scholars Strategy Network (2015)


Response to Jacqueline Bhabha, Child Migration and Human Rights in a Global Age, Dean's Disinguished Lecture Series, Harvard School of Public Health (2015)
Keynote Address, Aftermath: Deportation and Human Rights, Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) International Bank of Commerce 2014-2015 Keynote Speaker Series (2014)

A keynote lecture about how deportation has worked and how deportees are scattered around the...

The Forgotten Deportees, The 20th Annual Herbert Rubin and Justice Rose Luttan Rubin International Law Symposium: The Human Rights of Migrants: From Treaty to Reality; New York University Law School (2014)

Deportees have basic rights, especially pursuant to European Human Rights Law. We need a better...

The (D)evolution of Deportation: 1798-2014, Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race Annual Symposium: Deportation Nation, Columbia University (2014)

An overview of where deportation is, where it has come from, and where it is...