Charles Clarke

Program Area(s):  Political Theory; American Politics; Law and Politics

Dissertation Title:

Deportation Law and Possibilities for Democratic Citizenship

Dissertation Committee:  Jacqueline Stevens (Chair), Reuel Rogers, Andrew Koppelman

Although deportation is commonly accepted as a necessary means for policing the boundaries of a democratic state, my research demonstrates that, in fact, deportation undermines the very democracy that it is implemented to protect. My dissertation consists in a comparative reading of the concept of “deportation” in works by three political theorists who explicitly discuss deportation, Immanuel Kant, Jeremy Bentham and Hannah Arendt, as well as an analysis of the legal concepts in contemporary immigration jurisprudence that enable current deportation practices, including “sovereignty,” “punishment” and “citizenship.” This project aims to produce a clearer understanding of the unforeseen and potentially harmful political consequences of deportation for the deporting society.


Lee Epstein & Charles Clarke, “Academic Integrity and Legal Scholarship in the Wake of Exxon Shipping, Footnote 17,” 21 Stanford Law and Policy Review, 33-50 (Symposium) (2010).