Rey Koslowski

Rey Koslowski is Professor of Political Science, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, Direrctor of the Master_of_International_Affairs program and an affiliated faculty member the Information Science PhD program,
University at Albany (SUNY). Dr. Koslowski received his Ph.D from the University of Pennsylvania. His primary teaching and research interests are in the field of international relations dealing with international organization, European integration, international migration, information technology, homeland security. He has held fellowships of the Transatlantic Academy at the German Marshall Fund, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Center of International Studies at Princeton University and the Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. His research has been supported by grants from the the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, National Science Foundation and a fellowship at the Bellagio Dialogue on Migration of the German Marshall Fund and the Rockefeller Foundation. He serves as Associate Editor of Global Networks and has served as the Chair of the Ethnicity, Nationalism and Migration section of the International Studies Association (ENMISA). Koslowski is the author of Migrants and Citizens: Demographic Change and the European State System (Cornell University Press, 2000); Real Challenges for Virtual Borders: The Implementation of US-VISIT (Washington: Migration Policy Institute, 2005); editor of Global Mobility Regimes (Palgrave Macmillan: 2011) editor of International Migration and the Globalization of Domestic Politics (Routledge, 2005) and co-editor (with David Kyle) of Global Human Smuggling: Comparative Perspectives (John Hopkins University Press, 2011). His articles have appeared in International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, The Journal of European Public Policy, Journal of Common Market Studies, The Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, International Migration, The Cambridge Journal of International Studies and The Brown Journal of World Affairs. Koslowski is often interviewed and widely quoted in the press, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, Atlanta Constitution, Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle. He has been interviewed for Dying to Leave, a documentary aired by PBS as well as national and international radio, including National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation, American Public Media's Marketplace Morning Report, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

Curriculum vitae // Selected Recent Publications // Upcoming and Recent Presentations // Media Appearances

Contact info:

Department of Political Science
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy
135 Western Ave.
Albany, NY 12222

T: 518-442-5314
E: rkoslowski (at) albany (dot) edu


Ongoing Research Projects:

"New York City Efforts to Assist Asylum Seekers and Relocate Them to Upstate New York" examines the recent arrival of over 100,000 asylum seekers in New York City within broader historical and geographical contexts of international displacement world-wide and asylum seeking in the US in order to assess the demographics, policies and politics of the current situation in New York City and New York State.

"Global Mobility Regimes" analyzes the economic, political and security dimensions of global human mobility (that encompasses international migration and short-term international travel); contribute to a better understanding of existing international cooperation on migration and the potential for global mobility regime formation.

Past Research Projects:

The International Context of Immigration Reform: US, Mexico and Beyond," examines the politics of changing immigration policies and the implementation of reforms in the US and Mexico from an explicitly comparative and international perspective.  Supported by a grant from the MacArthur Foundation.

“Visa Policies, New Technologies and Transatlantic Cooperation,” examines the politics and diplomacy of US and EU visa policy as well as the prospects for US-EU cooperation to maintain visa-free transatlantic travel while at the same time increasing security. Supported by a fellowship of the Transatlantic Academy at the German Marshall Fund

“International Migration, Border Control and Homeland Security in the Information Age,” examines efforts by the United States and other advanced industrialized countries to selectively control migration using new information technologies in order to shape flows of human capital to the needs of information technology-driven, globalizing economies." Supported by a grant from the MacArthur Foundation.



Undergraduate courses taught include: "Introduction to International Relations," "Introdcution to Compartative and Internaitonal Politics," "International Organization," "Politics of International Migration," European Politics," "Information Technology and World Politics"

Graduate courses taught include : "RINT 501 Global Governance," RPOS 474Z/605 Politics of Migration and Membership (S2022 syllabus) "RINT_505_Global_Security," "RPOS 582 Global Security," RINT 605 Politics of Migration and Membership (S2018 syllabus) "RINT 541 Homeland Security in Comparative and International Perspective," "Information Technology and Homeland Security "Information Technology, Globalization and Governance," "Global and Homeland Security," "International Relations Theory," International Political Economy"

New graduate course for Fall 2020: RPOS 599 Topics: Global Mobility, Contagious Disease and International Relations (F2020 syllabus); one-page course description and outline: here

Updated: RPOS 599 Topics: GLobal Mobility, Contagious Disease and International Relations (F2021 Syllabus)

New undergrad/graduate course for Fall 2022: RPOS479Z-599 Refugees, Humanitarian Assistance and Resettlement (syllabus) pdf

Independent Study Policy

Sources and research tools


Service Projects:

SUNY Career Coaches for Refugees


Useful Resources:

Migration Studies at UAlbany