Peter Nyers is Associate Professor of the Politics of Citizenship and Intercultural Relations. He teaches in the area of critical security studies, international relations theory, citizenship studies, and refugee and migrant politics. At the graduate level, he has been active in the MA programs in Globalization Studies and Cultural Studies & Critical Theory. He conducts research on the social movements of non-status refugees and migrants, in particular their campaigns against deportation and detention and for regularization and global mobility rights. His principal interest is with investigating how the claims made by politicized groups of non-status people are transforming established norms about citizenship and political community. He is the author of Rethinking Refugees: Beyond States of Emergency (Routledge 2006), co-editor (with Engin Isin and Bryan Turner) of Citizenship between Past and Future (Routledge 2008), and editor of Securitizations of Citizenship (Routledge 2009), as well as the author of a number of journal articles and book chapters. He serves as Associate Editor of the journal Citizenship Studies.
- Globalization 710 - Globalization: An Introduction
- Political Science 776 - Advanced Issues in Critical Security Studies
- Political Science 4KK3 - Advanced Issues in Global Security
Research and Supervision
Refugee and Migrant Politics
My research investigates how politicized groups of non-status migrants are transforming established norms about citizenship, belonging, and political community. Important social movements of non-status migrants and their allies have emerged in Europe, USA, Canada, and elsewhere. My research investigates the politics of regularization programs, anti-deportation and –detention campaigns, and no border politics. I am particularly interested in campaigns in which self-organized ‘action committees’ of non-status migrants are taking a leading or prominent role.
I am an active member of a growing international and multidisciplinary network of critical citizenship studies scholars. My research in this area focuses on assessing citizenship practices in relation to governmentalities of anxiety and fear that have emerged in the global war on terror. In addition, I serve as the Associate Editor of the peer-reviewed journal Citizenship Studies
- Engin F. Isin and Peter Nyers, eds., The Routledge Handbook on Global Citizenship Studies (London: Routledge, forthcoming 2014).
- Peter Nyers and Kim Rygiel, eds., Citizenship, Migrant Agency and the Politics of Movement (London: Routledge, 2012).
- Peter Nyers, ed., Securitizations of Citizenship (London: Routledge, 2009).
- Engin F. Isin, Peter Nyers, Bryan S. Turner, eds., Citizenship Between Past and Future (London: Routledge, 2008).
- Peter Nyers, Rethinking Refugees: Beyond States of Emergency (New York: Routledge, 2006).
Journal Special Issues
Engin F. Isin, Peter Nyers, Bryan S. Turner, eds., Celebrating Ten Years of Citizenship Studies. Special issue of Citizenship Studies 11:1 (February 2007).
- Peter Nyers, ed., What's Left of Citizenship? Special issue of Citizenship Studies 8:3 (September 2004).
- Michelle Lowry and Peter Nyers, eds., Global Movements for Refugee and Migrant Rights. Special issue of Refuge: Canada's Periodical on Refugees 21:3 (May 2003).
- Peter Nyers, 'Moving Borders: the politics of dirt', Radical Philosophy, No. 174 (July/August 2012), pp. 2-6
Peter Nyers, 'Alien Equality', Issues in Legal Scholarship, 9:1 (2011).
Peter Nyers, 'Missing Citizenship', International Political Sociology 4:1 (March 2010), pp. 95-98.
Peter Nyers, 'Dueling Designs: The Politics of Rescuing Dual Citizens', Citizenship Studies 14:1 (February 2010), pp. 47-60.
- Peter Nyers, 'No One Is Illegal Between City and Nation', Studies in Social Justice 4:2 (2010).
- Lauren Dunn, Peter Nyers, Richard Stubbs, 'Western Interventionism versus East Asian Noninterference: competing 'global' norms in the Asian century', The Pacific Review 23:3 (2010), pp. 295-312.
- Peter Nyers, 'In Solitary, In Solidarity: Detainees, Hostages, and Contesting the Anti-Policy of Detention', European Journal of Cultural Studies 11:3 (August 2008), pp. 333-349.
- Carolina Moulin and Peter Nyers, '"We live in the country of UNHCR": Refugee Protests and Global Political Society', International Political Sociology 1:4 (November 2007), pp. 356-372.
- Peter Nyers, 'Why Citizenship Studies,' Citizenship Studies 11:1 (February 2007).
- Peter Nyers, 'The Accidental Citizen: Acts of Sovereignty and (Un)Making Citizenship,' Economy and Society 35:1 (February 2006), pp. 22-41.
- Peter Nyers, 'The Regularization of Non-Status Immigrants in Canada: Limits and Prospects,' Canadian Review of Social Policy No. 55 (Spring/Summer 2005), pp. 109-114.
- Peter Nyers, 'What's Left of Citizenship?' Citizenship Studies 8:3 (September 2004), pp. 203-215.
- Peter Nyers, 'Abject Cosmopolitanism: The Politics of Protection in the Anti-Deportation Movement,' Third World Quarterly 24:6 (December 2003), pp. 1069-1093.
- Peter Nyers, ‘Emergency or Emerging Identities? Refugees and Transformations in World Order,’ Millennium: Journal of International Studies 28:1 (1999), pp. 1-26.
- Peter Nyers, 'Liberating Irregularity: No Borders, Temporality, Citizenship', Citizenship and Security: the constitution of political being, Xavier Guillaume and Jef Huysmans, eds. London: Routledge, forthcoming 2013.
- Peter Nyers, 'Researching Anti-Deportation: Socialization as Method', Research Methods in Critical Security Studies: An Introduction, Mark B. Salter and Can E. Matlu, eds. London: Routledge, 2012.
- Peter Nyers, 'Forms of Irregular Citizenship', in Vicki Squire, ed., The Contested Politics of Mobility: Borderzones and Irregularity (London: Routledge, 2011).
- Peter Nyers, 'Missing Citizenship', in Cynthia Weber, 'I am an American': Filming the Fear of Difference (Bristol: Intellect Books, 2011).
- Peter Nyers, 'Sovereignty Redux? Autonomy and Protection in Military Interventions', in Steven Bernstein and William Coleman, eds., Unsettled Legitimacy: Disruptions and Reconstructions of Political Community and Authority (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2009).
- Peter Nyers, 'Abject Cosmopolitanism: The Politics of Protection in the Anti-Deportation Movement', reprinted in Nicholas De Genova and Nathalie Peutz, eds., The Deportation Regime: Sovereignty, Space, and the Freedom of Movement (Durham: Duke University Press, 2009).
- Peter Nyers, 'Community without Status: Non-Status Migrants and Cities of Refuge', in Diana Brydon and William Coleman, eds., Renegotiating Community: Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Global Contexts (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2008), pp. 123-138.
- Peter Nyers, 'No One Is Illegal Between City and Nation', in Engin F. Isin and Greg Nielson, eds., Acts of Citizenship (London: Zed Books, 2008), pp. 160-181.
- Peter Nyers, 'Taking Rights, Mediating Wrongs: Disagreements over the Political Agency of Non-Status Refugees,' in Jef Huysmans, Andrew Dobson, and Raia Prokhovnik, eds., The Politics of Protection: Sites of Insecurity and Political Agency (London: Routledge, 2006), pp. 48-67.
- Peter Nyers, 'Cosmopolitismo abietto,' in Sandro Mezzadra, ed., Liberta in movimento. Per una analisi politica delle migrazioni contemporanee (Rome: DeriveApprodi, 2004), pp. 230-244.
- Peter Nyers, ‘On Humanitarian Violence: Humanity and the Logic of Sovereignty,’ in Samantha Arnold and J. Marshall Beier, eds., (Dis)Placing Security: Critical Re-evaluations of the Boundaries of Security Studies (Toronto: Centre for International and Security Studies, 2000), pp. 71-78.
- Carolina Berinstein, Peter Nyers, Cynthia Wright and Sima Zeheri, Access Not Fear: Non-Status Immigrants and City Services. Report prepared for the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Campaign, Toronto, Ontario , 2006, 25 pp.
- Erika Khandor, Jean McDonald, Peter Nyers, and Cynthia Wright, The Regularization of Non-Status Immigrants in Canada, 1960-2004: Past Policies, Current Perspectives, Active Campaigns. Report prepared for the STATUS Campaign, 2004, 50 pp.
- Michelle Lowry and Peter Nyers, ‘No One Is Illegal: The Fight for Refugee and Migrant Rights in Canada: A Roundtable Report’ Refuge: Canada’s Periodical on Refugees 21:3 (May 2003), pp. 66-72.