The Market Model: The Commodification of Migrants and their Rights

Justin Gest is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government. His teaching and research interests include comparative politics, minority political behavior, and immigration policy.

In the field of minority political behavior, his earlier research focused on Muslim political behavior in Western democracies. This work was collected in Apart: Alienated and Engaged Muslims in the West (Oxford University Press/Hurst, 2010). He recently published a follow-up study that applies his conclusions to white working class people. This work is entitled The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality (Oxford University Press, 2016).

In the field of comparative immigration politics, his research compares immigration regimes across dozens of countries worldwide. This work is being collected in a forthcoming monograph entitled Crossroads: Comparative Immigration Regimes in a World of Demographic Change (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2017). He is pursuing related work on immigration policy as part of the International Migration Policy and Law Analysis (IMPALA) Database.

His research has been published or is forthcoming in journals including Citizenship Studies, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Global Governance, Global Policy, the International Migration Review, Migration Studies, and the Review of Middle Eastern Studies. He has also published commentary, analysis or contributed reporting to a number of newspapers including The Boston Globe, The Guardian, the Houston Chronicle, The Hill, the Los Angeles Times, Reuters, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Times, and The Washington Post.

From 2010 to 2014, Professor Gest was a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer in Harvard University’s Department of Government. In 2014, he received the Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize, Harvard’s highest award for teaching. In 2013, he received the 2013 Star Family Prize for Student Advising, Harvard’s highest award for student advising. From 2007 to 2010, while a doctoral student, he co-founded and served as the co-director of the Migration Studies Unit at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

He is a product of Los Angeles Unified School District’s University High School in West Los Angeles, where he grew up. He later earned his bachelor’s degree in Government at Harvard University and his PhD in Government from the LSE.