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PhD Candidate
University of California, Irvine


Areas of Expertise
Comparative Politics, Global Governance, Refugees and Displacement, The Global South, UN Human Rights System

Region of Focus
Sub-Saharan Africa, The Middle East

Kelsey is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine where she researches migration and citizenship. Her research focuses on Middle East and North African states as countries of migrant settlement and her dissertation is tentatively titled “Strategic Ambivalence: Migrant Engagement in Egypt, Morocco and Turkey.”

Her studies are supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada doctoral fellowship, and also by project grants from the Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS), the Kugelman Center for Citizen Peacebuilding, the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies (CGPACS), and the Center for Research on Immigration, Population & Public Policy.

She is a research fellow with the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies at the American University in Cairo in Egypt and with the Center for Migration Research at Istanbul Bilgi University in Turkey. In the summer of 2013 she received a Critical Language Scholarship from the US Department of State to study at the Arab-American Language Institute in Morocco (AALIM).

Recent Publications
Norman, Kelsey P. 2015. “Migrants, Refugees and the Egyptian Security State.” International Journal of Migration and Border Studies, forthcoming.

Norman, Kelsey P. 2015. “Refugees in Turkey: Implications of Increasing Politicization.” Jadaliyya June 6, 2015 [available on-line].

Norman, Kelsey P. 2015. “Co-Ethnicity, Security and Host Government Engagement: Egypt as a Non-Traditional Receiver of Migrants and Refugees.” Refugee Review Volume 2 [peer-reviewed, available on-line].

Norman, Kelsey P. 2015. “Migrants in Post-Revolution Egypt.” The Monkey Cage Blog for The Washington Post January 7, 2015 [available on-line].

Norman, Kelsey P. 2014. “Book Review of Co-Ethnic Strangers: Immigrant Exclusion and Insecurity in Africa.” Crossings: Journal of Migration & Culture Volume 5, Issue 2-3.

Norman, Kelsey P. 2014. “Turkey’s New Migration Policy: Control through Bureaucratization.” Jadaliyya September 29, 2014 [available on-line].

Norman, Kelsey P. 2014. “Different Policies, the Same Game: Syrian and Palestinian Refugees in Egypt.” Jadaliyya January 28, 2014 [available on-line].

Norman, Kelsey P. 2013. “EU Territorial Control, Western Immigration Policies, and the Transformation of North Africa.” The Postcolonialist Volume 1, Issue 1 [peer-reviewed, available on-line].