Daniel Kanstroom is Professor of Law, Dean’s Research 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. 

Books

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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...

 

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Deportation Nation: Outsiders in American History (2007)

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

 

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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)
 

Articles

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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...

 

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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)
 

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"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...

 

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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

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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)
 

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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)
 

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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)
 

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

Works in Progress

Selected Professional Activities

Conference on Draft Convention on Rights of Forcibly Expelled Persons, Post-Deportation Human Rights Project, Boston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice (2014)

On May 1-3, Center Interim Director, and Post-Deportation Human Rights Project Director, Dan Kanstroom convened...

 
A Nation of Immigrants, Keynote Address, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition Thanksgiving Luncheon (2013)
 
Who Has Which Rights Where?, American Society for Legal History Annual Meeting (2013)