Linda Bosniak

Former Fellow, 2001-2002

Home Institution, Rutgers Schools of Law

LAPA Fellow, 2001-2002

LAPA Fellow

 217 North Fifth Street, Camden, NJ 08102

 Curriculum Vitae


While at LAPA
Linda Bosniak is Professor of Law at Rutgers Law School. She has published extensively on the subjects of immigration, citizenship, and nationalism in law and political theory. Professor Bosniak holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University, an M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. Before joining the Rutgers faculty, she practiced law at Rabinowitz, Boudin, a civil rights and labor law firm in New York. While at Princeton, she will write a book entitled Citizenship, Globalization, and the Scope of Political Solidarity, which will examine the question of citizenship's changing relationship with the nation-state at a time of increasing globalization. She also will teach an upper-level undergraduate course on "Citizenship."
The Citizen and the Alien: Dilemmas of Contemporary Membershipby Linda Bosniak
(Princeton University Press, 2006)

Citizenship presents two faces. Within a political community it stands for inclusion and universalism, but to outsiders, citizenship means exclusion. Because these aspects of citizenship appear spatially and jurisdictionally separate, they are usually regarded as complementary. In fact, the inclusionary and exclusionary dimensions of citizenship dramatically collide within the territory of the nation-state, creating multiple contradictions when it comes to the class of people the law calls aliens--transnational migrants with a status short of full citizenship. Examining alienage and alienage law in all of its complexities, The Citizen and the Alien explores the dilemmas of inclusion and exclusion inherent in the practices and institutions of citizenship in liberal democratic societies, especially the United States. In doing so, it offers an important new perspective on the changing meaning of citizenship in a world of highly porous borders and increasing transmigration.

As a particular form of noncitizenship, alienage represents a powerful lens through which to examine the meaning of citizenship itself, argues Linda Bosniak. She uses alienage to examine the promises and limits of the "equal citizenship" ideal that animates many constitutional democracies. In the process, she shows how core features of globalization serve to shape the structure of legal and social relationships at the very heart of national societies.

Additional Publications
"Citizenship, Noncitizenship, and the Transnationalization of Domestic Work," in Citizenship, Borders and Gender: Mobility and Immobility (Seyla Benhabib, Vilishani Coopan and Judith Resnick, eds.., Yale U. Press, forthcoming). "Citizenship," in Oxford Handbook of Legal Studies (Peter Kane and Mark Tushnet, eds., Oxford University Press, 2003).

"Constitutional Citizenship Through the Prism of Alienage," 63 Ohio State Law Journal 1285 (2002).

"Citizenship and Work," 27 N.C. J. Int'l L.& Com. Reg. 497 (2002).

"A Basic Territorial Distinction," 16 Georg. Imm. L. J. 407 (2002).

"Multiple Nationality and the Postnational Transformation of Citizenship," 42 Virginia J. Int'l L. 979 (2002). Reprinted in Rights and Duties of Dual Nationals: Evolution and Prospects (David A. Martin & Kai Hailbronner, eds., forthcoming 2002).

"Critical Reflections on 'Citizenship' As Progressive Aspiration," in Transformative Labour Law in An Era of Globalization (Joanne Conaghan, Richard Michael Fischl and Karl Klare, eds., Oxford University Press, 2002).

Book Review: Migration and International Norms, T. Alexander Aleinikoff & Vincent Chetail, eds., (the Hague: T.M.C. Asser Press, 2003), in American Journal of International Law, Vol. 98, January 2004, pp. 30-35.