Susan F. Martin

Susan F. Martin
Donald G. Herzberg Emeritus Professor of International Migration
3100 Harris Building

Donald G. Herzberg Emeritus Professor of International Migration

Susan Martin is the Donald G. Herzberg Emeritus Professor of International Migration and served as the Director of the Institute for the Study of International Migration in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.  She also directed the Certificate in Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies, designed for graduate students at the university, and the Certificate in International Migration Studies, designed for mid-career professionals. Previously she served as the Executive Director of the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform, established by legislation to advise Congress and the President on U.S. immigration and refugee policy, and the Director of Research and Programs at the Refugee Policy Group. Her recent books include International Migration: Evolving Trends from the Early 20th Century to the Present (Cambridge University Press), Humanitarian Crises and Migration: Causes, Consequences and Responses (ed.) (Routledge Press); A Nation of Immigrants (Cambridge University Press); The Migration-Displacement Nexus: Patterns, Processes and Policies (ed.) (Berghahn Books); The Uprooted: Improving Humanitarian Responses to Forced Migration (Lexington Books), and Refugee Women (Lexington Books). Dr. Martin received her MA and PhD in the History of American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania and her BA in History from Douglass College, Rutgers University. She serves on the U.S. Comptroller General’s Advisory Board, the Academic Advisory Board of the International Organization for Migration, and the Boards of the Advocacy Project and DARA-US.

Areas of Expertise: migration, immigration, emigration, refugees, internal displacement, resettlement, humanitarian, crises, disasters, conflict, climate change, early warning, Mexico

  • PhD (1972) University of Pennsylvania, American Studies



International Migration: Evolving Trends from the Early Twentieth Century to the Present (Cambridge University Press, 2014)

Migration and Humanitarian Crises: Causes, Consequences and Responses (edited volume (with Sanjula Weerasinghe and Abbie Taylor, Routledge Books, 2014)

The Migration-Displacement Nexus: Patterns, Processes and Policies (with Khalid Koser, eds.), Berghahn Books, 2011

A Nation of Immigrants, Cambridge University Press, 2010

Women, Migration and Conflict (with John Tirman, eds.), Springer Books, 2009

Mexico-US Migration: A Binational Approach (with Agustin Escobar Latapi, eds.), Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2008.

Managing Migration: The Promise of Cooperation (with Philip Martin and Patrick Weil), Lanham, Md.: The Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group, 2006

The Uprooted: Challenges in Managing Forced Migration (with Andrew Schoenholtz, Patricia Fagen, and et. al.), Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2005

Beyond the Gateway: Immigrants in a Changing America (with Elzbieta Gozdziak, eds.), Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2005

Refugee Women (revised, second edition), Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2004.

World Migration Report: 2000, managing editor, Geneva: United Nations Publications, 2000.

Journal Articles

“La politique migratoire entre le Mexique et les États-Unis: unilatéralisme ou coopération ?” Politique Américaine, 21/1:117-142

“Environmental change and migration: legal and political frameworks,” Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, Vol. 30, 2012: pp. 1045 – 1060.

“Ageing and Care Giving in the United States: Policy Contexts and the Immigrant Workforce (with B. Lindsay Lowell and Robyn Stone), Journal of Population Ageing, Vol. 3, No. 1. (1 June 2010), pp. 59-82

“Gender and the Evolving Refugee Regime,” Refugee Survey Quarterly, Vol. 29(2), 2010: 104-121

“Climate Change, Migration and Governance,” Global Governance, Vol. 16 No. 3 July–Sept. 2010

“Forced Migration, the Refugee Regime and the Responsibility to Protect,” Global R2P, Vol. No.1-2, 2010

“Migrant Rights: International Law and National Action (with Rola Abimourched),” International Migration Volume 47, Number 5, 2009

“Introduction,” and Guest Editor, Special Issue on Migration in the Lusophone World, International Migration, Volume 47 Issue 3, August 2009

“High-level Dialogue on Migration and Development” (with Philip Martin and Sarah Cross), International Migration, Volume 45, Number 1, March 2007

“Global Commission on International Migration: A New Global Migration Facility” (with Philip Martin), International Migration 44/1: 5-12, 2006.

“Making the UN Work: Forced Migration and Institutional Reform,” Journal of Refugee Studies 17: 301 – 318, September 2004.

“Averting Forced Migration in Countries in Transition,” International Migration, vol. 40 (3) 2002 (also case studies on Yugoslavia, Mali and Albania published in the Special Issue).

Selected Book Chapters

“War, Natural Disasters and Forced Migration,” in Daniel Tichenor and Marc Rosenblum, The Oxford Handbook on the Politics of International Migration, Oxford University Press, 2012

“Refugee Women” in Uma A. Segal and Doreen Elliott, Refugees Worldwide, Praeger, 2012

“Climate Change, Migration and Development,” (with Koko Warner), in Irena Omelaniuk, Global Perspectives on Migration and Development, Springer Books, 2012

“Internal displacement and internal trafficking: Developing a new framework for protection (with Amber Callaway),” in Khalid Koser and Susan Martin eds., The Migration-Displacement Nexus: Patterns, Processes and Policies, Berghahn Books, 2011

“International Cooperation on Migration and the UN System,” in Rey Koslowski, Global Migration Regimes, Palgrave MacMillan Publishers, 2011

“International Migration and International Cooperation: An Overview,” in Randall Hansen, Jobst Koehler and Jeannette Money, Migration, National States and International Cooperation, Routledge, 2011

“Immigration Reform in the United States,” in Nicola Phillips, Migration in the Global Political Economy, Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2011

“Human Trafficking and Smuggling (with Amber Callaway),” in Alexander Betts, ed., Global Migration Governance, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011

“Rethinking the International Refugee Regime in Light of Human Rights and the Global Common Good,” in David Hollenbach, ed., Driven from Home: Protecting the Rights of Forced Migrants, Washington: Georgetown University Press, 2010

“Managing Environmentally Induced Migration,” in Frank Laczko and Christine Aghazarm, eds., Migration, Environment and Climate Change: Assessing the Evidence, Geneva: International Organization for Migration, 2009.

“Immigration and American Competitiveness: U.S. Immigration Policy in the 21st Century (with B. Lindsay Lowell and Micah Bump), in Jagdish Bhagwati and Gordon H. Hanson (eds.), Skilled Migration Today: Phenomenon, Prospects, Problems, Policies, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009

“Justice, Women’s Rights, and Forced Migration,” in David Hollenbach, SJ (ed.), Ethics, Advocacy, and Africa, Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2008

“Forced Migration and the Humanitarian Regime,” in Arie Kacowicz and Pawel Lutomski, Population Resettlement in International Conflict, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2007.

“Promoting Human Rights of Forced Migrants (with Andrew Schoenholtz)” in Human Rights and Conflict: New Actors, Strategies and Ethical Dilemmas, Washington, DC: US Institute of Peace, 2006.

“Towards Greater Coherence, Capacity and Cooperation: The Report of the Global Commission on International Migration,” in Joseph Chamie and Mary G. Powers, Eds, International Migration and the Global Community, New York: CMS Publications, 2006.

“Burundi: A Case of Humanitarian Neglect” (with Trish Hiddleston) in Nicholas Van Hear and Christopher McDowell, Catching Fire: Containing Forced Migration in a Volatile World, Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2006

“Challenges for the Future,” (with Elzbieta Gozdziak), in Elzbieta Gozdziak and Susan F. Martin, Beyond the Gateway: Immigrants in a Changing America, Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2005.

“Language and Immigration,” in Joanne van Selm and Elspeth Guild, International Migration and Security: Culture and Identity, Opportunities and Challenges, Abingdon, UK: Routledge Press, 2005.

“Impact of Asylum on Receiving Countries (with Andrew Schoenholtz) in George J. Borjas and Jeff Crisp, ed., Poverty, International Migration and Asylum, Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.

“The Politics of US Immigration Reform,” in Sarah Spencer, ed., The Politics of Migration: Managing Opportunity, Conflict and Change, Political Quarterly, 2003

“Migration and Security,” (with Andrew Schoenholtz and David Fisher), in T. Alexander Aleinikoff and Vincent Chetail, eds., Migration and International Legal Norms, Asser Press, 2003.

“The Attack On Social Rights: US Citizenship Devalued,” in Patrick Weil and Randall Hansen (eds.), Dual Nationality, Social Rights and Federal Citizenship in the US and Europe: the Reinvention of Citizenship, Oxford: Berghahn Press, 2002.

“Migration and Foreign Policy: Emerging Bilateral and Regional Approaches in the Americas,” in Myron Weiner and Sharon Stanton Russell, eds., Moving Target: Demography and Security, Oxford: Berghahn Press, 2001.

“Forced Migration and Professionalism,” International Migration Review, vol. 35, no.1, Spring 2001.

“Becoming an American: The Integration of Immigrants in the United States” in Rainer Munz and Wolfang Seifert (ed.) Inclusion or Exclusion of Immigrants: Europe and the US at the Crossroads. Berlin: Humboldt University, 1999.

“Temporary Protection: U.S. and European Responses to Mass Migration” (with Andrew Schoenholtz), in Kay Hailbronner (ed.), Immigration Control and Human Rights, Heidelberg: C.F. Müller Publishers, 1999.

“A Policy Perspective on the Mental Health and Psychosocial Needs of Refugees,” in Anthony J. Marsella, Thomas Bornemann, Solvig Ekblad, and John Orley, eds., Amidst Peril and Pain : The Mental Health and Well-Being of the World’s Refugees, Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Books, 1998.

“Development and Politically Generated Migration,” in Sidney Weintraub and Sergio Diaz-Briquets, Determinants of emigration from Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, Boulder: Westview Press, 1991.

“Temporary Safe Haven: The Need for North American-European Responses (with Dennis Gallagher and Patricia Weiss Fagen” in Gil Loescher and Laila Monahan, ed., Refugees and International Relations, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989.

Selected Law Review Articles

“Refugee and displaced women: 60 years of progress and setbacks,” Amsterdam Law Forum, 3/2, 2011

“Palestinian Refugees in Gaza” (with Patricia Fagen and John Warner), Fordham International Law Journal, 28/5, 2005.

“Competing for Skills: US Immigration Policy Since 1990” (with B. Lindsay Lowell) in Law and Business Review of the Americas, 11/3-4 (Summer/Fall 2005).

“International Migration and Terrorism:  Prevention, Prosecution and Protection,” Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, 18/2, Winter 2004

“U.S. Immigration Policy:  Admission of High Skilled Workers (with B. Lindsay Lowell and Philip Martin), Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, Spring 2002

“Asylum in Practice: Successes, Failures and the Challenges Ahead” (with Andrew Schoenholtz), in Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, Vol. 14, No. 3, Spring 2000.