Ruxandra Paul, PhD

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Amherst College
Ruxandra Paul is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Amherst College and lecturer and local affiliate of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University. She received her PhD in comparative politics from Harvard's government department, where she then worked and taught courses as a postdoctoral Harvard College Fellow. Her book manuscript, Citizens of the Market, examines how high-mobility migration resulting from freedom of movement in the European Union (EU) shapes politics in the migrants' countries of origin. A second book project (co-authored with Peggy Levitt, Erica Dobbs, and Ken Sun) studies transnational social protection in the context of international migration and globalization. It shows how individuals and families protect and provide for themselves outside the nation-state framework, and analyzes the resource environments, new institutions and arrangements—formal and informal—that sustain migrants' ability to create social protection assemblages around the world. Paul's research agenda analyzes the political impact of supranational integration, transnational social protection, and migration management following mass migration episodes (migration crises). Specific research and teaching interests include international migration, citizenship, European integration and EU enlargement, European politics, democratization, state-building, nation-building, and cyberpolitics. Her work has been published in PS: Political Science & Politics and Oxford Development Studies, as well as in edited volumes. She has served as an elected member on the Executive Council of the Migration & Citizenship Section of the American Political Science Association since 2016.


  • PhD Harvard University