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Michael J. Sullivan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Graduate International Relations



  • Ph.D., Princeton University
  • M.A., Baylor University
  • B.A., Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Canada)


  • Topics in International Relations: Border Security Issues
  • International Relations Theory

Research Interests

  • Ethics (normative theory)
  • Immigration law and policy (human security)
  • Citizenship studies
  • International political theory
  • Religion and politics
  • Human rights


Sullivan's research interests focus on the causes of international migration, the ethics of immigration enforcement and regulation policy, and the rights and obligation of membership in political communities. He is also interested in the interstate coordination of responses to unauthorized migration and settlement, and efforts to balance the securitization of migration with international human rights commitments. Sullivan also has training and teaching experience in public law, normative political theory, identity politics, and religion and politics. His doctoral dissertation was titled, “A Pathway to Citizenship through Contributions in Relationships.”

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