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, Constitutional 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: Aftermath:
Deportation Law and the New American Diaspora, (Oxford University Press 2012); and
Deportation Nation: Outsiders in American History (Harvard University Press 2007). He is
also a co-editor of: The New Deportations Delirium (editor, with M. Brinton Lykes);
Constructing “Illegality”: Immigrant Experiences, Critiques, and Resistance, (editor,
with Cecilia Menjívar) (Cambridge University Press 2013). 

His articles and short pieces have appeared in such venues as the Harvard Law Review,
Yale Journal of International Law, UCLA Law Review, NYU Journal of International Law and
Politics, Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, The New York Times, 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, London, 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)



Human Rights for All is Better Than Citizenship Rights for Some, EUDO Citizenship Forum: The Return of Banishment: Do the New Denationalisation Policies Weaken Citizenship? (2015)


Smart(er) Enforcement: Rethinking Removal, Journal of Law & Politics (2015)

Substantial interior immigration enforcement will undoubtedly continue in the United States, whether or not the...



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...


Contributions to Books

Waterboarding, World Book Encyclopedia (2015)


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)

Works in Progress

Selected Professional Activities

Immigration Teaching Careers, Emerging Immigration Scholars Conference, University of Miami (2015)
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...