The Rights of Immigrants and Refugees

Trump and the Constitution Series

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 4:30pm
Robertson Hall
Event Category: 
Panel Discussion

Please join us for the first in what we expect to be a series of events involved with constitutional matters in the Trump Administration. We begin with a roundtable and audience conversation about the pressing issues involving the Trump Administration's recent directives involving the rights and opportunities of immigrants and refugees from both the Middle East and Latin America.

Kathryn Abrams
LAPA Fellow; University of California-Berkeley School of Law

Kathryn Abrams is Herma Hill Kay Distinguished Professor of Law at UC Berkeley, where she teaches in the areas of feminist legal theory, constitutional law, law and social movements, and law and the emotions. Her work has appeared in Yale Law Journal,Columbia Law ReviewCalifornia Law ReviewLaw and PhilosophyLaw and Social Inquiry, and Nomos, among others. She is the editor of two special issues:  “Witness” forWomen’s Studies Quarterly (co-edited with Irene Kacandes, 2008), and “Legal Feminism Now,” for Issues in Legal Scholarship (2011). Her work on feminist theory and activism explores the use of experiential narrative as a form of political and theoretical argumentation, and analyzed expressions of women’s partial agency under circumstances of constraint. These early interests fueled a more recent focus on the role of emotion in legal claims-making and social movement mobilization. Abrams received her undergraduate degree from Harvard and her law degree from Yale. Her current, empirically-based project examines the mobilization of undocumented immigrants in the anti-immigrant state of Arizona. At LAPA she will work on a book analyzing the ways that storytelling, tactics of ‘performative citizenship,’ and strategies of emotion management have enabled participants without formal legal status to emerge as confident, effective legal claims-makers under highly adverse political circumstances.


Amaney Jamal
Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice

Amaney A. Jamal is the Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics at Princeton University and director of the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice. Jamal also directs the Workshop on Arab Political Development. She currently is President of the Association of Middle East Women’s Studies (AMEWS). The focus of her current research is democratization and the politics of civic engagement in the Arab world. Her interests also include the study of Muslim and Arab Americans and the pathways that structure their patterns of civic engagement in the United States. Jamal’s books include: Barriers to Democracy (2007), which explores the role of civic associations in promoting democratic effects in the Arab world (winner of the 2008 APSA Best Book Award in comparative democratization). She is co-editor of Race and Arab Americans Before and After 9/11: From Invisible Citizens to Visible Subjects (2007) and Citizenship and Crisis: Arab Detroit after 9/11 (2009). Her most recent book, Of Empires and Citizens, was published by Princeton University Press (2012). Jamal is co-principal investigator of the Arab Barometer Project, winner of the Best Dataset in the Field of Comparative Politics (Lijphart/Przeworski/Verba Dataset Award 2010); co-PI of the Detroit Arab American Study, a sister survey to the Detroit Area Study; and senior advisor on the Pew Research Center projects focusing on Islam in America (2006) Global Islam (2010) and Islam in America (2017). Ph.D. University of Michigan. In 2005, Jamal was named a Carnegie Scholar.

Robert O. Keohane
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Robert O. Keohane is the author of After Hegemony: Cooperation and Discord in the World Political Economy (1984) and Power and Governance in a Partially Globalized World (2002). He is co-author of Power and Interdependence (third edition 2001) and of Designing Social Inquiry (1994). He has served as the editor of the journal International Organization and president of the International Studies Association and the American Political Science Association. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. Ph.D. Harvard University.

Sohaib Sultan
Muslim Life Chaplain

Sohaib Nazeer Sultan is the first full-time Muslim Life Coordinator and Chaplain at Princeton University.  Sultan is a graduate of the Hartford Theological Seminary earning a Masters in Islamic Studies & Christian-Muslim Relations, and a Graduate Certificate in Islamic Chaplaincy. His research and academic interests are in Islamic spirituality and psychology, as well as the development of practical skills in religious leadership. Sultan's master's thesis was on Preaching with Purpose: Writing and Delivering Great Sermons.  Sultan is a well-known author and writer. His first book, The Koran for Dummies, part of the well-known for Dummies series was published by Wiley Publishing Inc. in 2004. Sultan published his second book with Skylight Paths Publishing, The Qur’an and Sayings of Prophet Muhammad: Selection Annotated and Explained, in 2007. He is also the author of several published articles and continues to write for various publications.  Sultan is also a public lecturer on Islam, Muslim Cultures, and Muslim-Western Relations. He has traveled all around the U.S., the Middle East, and Europe to promote mutual respect and understanding.

Paul Frymer
Director, Program in Law and Public Affairs

Paul Frymer teaches and writes on topics in American law and politics, particularly as they intersect with issues of democratic representation, race and civil rights, and labor and employment. He is a former LAPA fellow (2004-2005), and served two terms as Acting Director (2009-2010 and 2012-2013) before his appointment as Director in 2015. He is the author of two books: Uneasy Alliances: Race and Party Competition in America (reissued in 2010 with an afterward on President Obama's election) and Black and Blue: African Americans, the Labor Movement, and the Decline of the Democratic Party (2008), both of which were published by Princeton University Press. He has also either authored or is currently writing about topics ranging from legal understandings of political parties to the racial politics of Hurricane Katrina and affirmative action to the role of law and politics in the historical development of American territorial expansion.

Co Sponsor(s): 
Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice