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Jacqueline Stevens


A.B.: Smith College, 1984; Ph.D.: University of California, Berkeley, 1993


Research Interest(s): Political Theories of Membership; Deconstruction, Citizenship, Deportation; Rule of Law; Forensic Intelligence; Queer Theory

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

Regional Specialization(s): United States; Middle East

Subfield Specialties: Critical Theory; Feminist and Gender Studies; International Theory

Joint Appointment

Legal Studies


Professor Stevens conducts research on political theories and practices of membership since antiquity.  Her current studies of deportation law enforcement engage European fantasies of conquest in the 12th to 17th centuries as well as the quotidian of government documents revealing contemporary illegalities, including practices resulting in the unlawful deportation of United States citizens from the United States.  Her research on deportations has been the basis of successful lawsuits challenging government misconduct.

Professor Stevens' work has appeared in Political Theory, the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Political Philosophy, Social Text, Third World Quarterly, and many other scholarly venues, as well as in The Nation magazine and the New York Times.  Reports on her work on ICE and private prison misconduct have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, NPR, CNN, and numerous other venues.

She received her PhD in political science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1993 and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with highest honors from Smith College.

Guggenheim Fellow, 2013-2014

Founding Director of the Deportation Research Clinic, Buffett Institute for Global Studies


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