About Us

The current debate on U.S. immigration policy has been fast moving, partisan, and hard to keep up with. For a more thorough, informed, and nuanced discussion tune into Tempest Tossed - a podcast on migration and mobility that goes beyond the talking points.  

Each episode, we sit down with leading immigration policy experts, journalists, artists, and migrants for conversations that go beyond the usual narratives and sound bites -- conversations that challenge us to think more deeply about policy, what's happening on the ground, and what we can do about it.

Join us and become part of this vital conversation on US immigration.

Alex Aleinikoff, Host

Alex Aleinikoff is University Professor at The New School, and has served as Director of the Zolberg Institute since January 2017. He received a J.D. from the Yale Law School and a B.A. from Swarthmore College.

Alex has written widely in the areas of immigration and refugee law and policy, transnational law, citizenship, race, and constitutional law. He is currently at work on a book that will be published this year by the Stanford University Press titled The Arc of Protection: Reforming the International Refugee Regime. His book Semblances of Sovereignty: The Constitution, the State, and American Citizenship was published by Harvard University Press in 2002. Alex is a co-author of leading legal casebooks on immigration law and forced migration.

Before coming to The New School, Alex served as United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees (2010-15) and was a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he also served as dean and Executive Vice President of Georgetown University. He was co-chair of the Immigration Task Force for President Barack Obama’s transition team in 2008. From 1994 to 1997, he served as the general counsel, and then executive associate commissioner for programs, at the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).


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