Leila Kawar, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies, recently won the APSA Migration and Citizenship Section Award for the best book on migration and/or citizenship published in 2015. This is the second prize that Kawar has earned for her book Contesting Immigration Policy in Court: Legal Activism and Its Radiating Effects in the United States and France. The decision of the selection committee for the award was unanimous. Members of the committee noted that they were impressed by the "originality" of Kawar's topic and the "high quality" of her scholarship, including the comparative dimension of her study.
Professor Kawar accepted the Migration and Citizenship Section award at the 2016 APSA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia in early September.
Earlier this year, Contesting Immigration Policy earned Professor Kawar the Herbert Jacob Book Prize by the Law and Society Association. Furthermore, Kawar received the Migration and Citizenship Section Award for best paper in 2015, shortly before joining the UMass Amherst Department of Political Science.
In Contesting Immigration Policy, Kawar "draws on seven years of rigorous archival and ethnographic fieldwork to trace the ways in which 'immigrant rights legal activism' has shaped elite policy-making in France and the United States since the 1970s. Through an elegant and persuasive argument, Kawar shifts our focus from conventional questions that ask how political struggles influence compliance with official legal decisions and instead asks how legal advocacy shapes wider political debates and policies surrounding immigration. Written in lucid prose, Kawar’s book synthesizes methodological approaches and debates from comparative scholarship, actor network theory and scholarship on the ‘cultural life of law‘ in innovative and productive ways that can integrate both political and legal-doctrinal dynamics equally well. Kawar’s book is a clear example of socio-legal research at its finest."
Please join us in congratulating Professor Leila Kawar for her ongoing series of accomplishments!
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