Ruxandra Paul is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Amherst College, and lecturer and local affiliate of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University. She received her PhD in Comparative Politics from Harvard in 2014, in the Government Department, where she then worked and taught courses as a postdoctoral Harvard College Fellow. Her book manuscript, Citizens of the Market, examines how high-mobility migration resulting from freedom of movement in the European Union shapes politics in the migrants' countries of origin. A second book project (co-authored with Peggy Levitt, Erica Dobbs and Ken Sun) studies transnational social protection in the context of international migration and globalization: it shows how individuals and families protect and provide for themselves outside the nation-state framework, and analyzes the resource environments, new institutions and arrangements - formal and informal - that sustain migrants' ability to create social protection assemblages around the world. Paul's research agenda analyzes the political impact of supranational integration, transnational social protection, and migration management following mass migration episodes (migration crises). Specific research and teaching interests include international migration, citizenship, European integration and EU enlargement, European politics, democratization, state-building, nation-building, and cyberpolitics. Her work has been published in PS: Political Science & Politics, Oxford Development Studies, as well as in edited volumes. She has served as an elected member on the Executive Council of the Migration & Citizenship Section of the American Political Science Association since 2016.
At Harvard, Paul is a member of the Transnational Studies Initiative. She was a Graduate Fellow of the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies (2011-2012), a Chateaubriand Fellow of the French Government at Science Po - Paris, France (2009-2010), and a Research Associate of the Center for Geographic Analysis. She received research grants from the Krupp Foundation, the French Government and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. She is a recipient of the Harvard Hoopes Prize for Excellence in the Art of Teaching, the Certificate of Achievement in the Practice of Teaching in Higher Education, as well as several awards for the courses she teaches in the Government Department. She served as Vice-President and At-Large Representative for Social Sciences on Harvard's Graduate Student Council. She holds an AM in Comparative Politics from Harvard and a BA from Williams College (summa cum laude, with highest honors in Political Science) where she double-majored in International Relations and French.
Paul teaches undergraduate courses on European politics, European Union politics, international migrations and cyberpolitics at Amherst College, and a graduate-level seminar on cyberpolitics at Harvard University. (She also teaches fitness classes - Barre and Cardio Step - at Amherst College.)