Gallya Lahav


Associate Professor

Ph.D., City University of New York

Department of Political Science
SUNY at Stony Brook
Stony Brook, N.Y. 11794-4392
(631) 632-7613 (office)
(631) 632-4116 (fax)

Research and Teaching Interests: Lahav specializes in Comparative Political Behavior, and has pedagogical interests in European politics, Immigration and Refugee Politics, Extreme-Right politics, Public Opinion, Political Culture, and Politics of International Security

Curriculum Vitae

Biographical Statement

Gallya Lahav is Associate Professor of Political Science at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she has received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. She holds graduate degrees in political science from the London School of Economics and the GraduateCenter, City University of New York. Lahav was visiting Swiss Chair Professor of Mobility at the Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies (SFM) at the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland (2010). She has also served as research affiliate at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, New York University, and the Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy).   She has been a consultant to the UN Population Division on international migration, and expert witness to the US Special Operations Forces, European Parliament, and Canadian Air Transport Safety Association.

Lahav teaches and writes on the politics of international migration and European integration. She is the author of the book, Immigration and Politics in the New Europe:  Reinventing Borders (Cambridge University Press, 2004), and is the co-editor of The Migration Reader with A. Messina (Lynne Rienner, 2006), the co-edited volume, Immigration Policy in Europe: the Politics of Control with V. Guiraudon (Routledge, 2007), and the International Studies Association Compendium on Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Migration, with P. James and N. Sandhal (Oxford/Blackwell). Her articles have appeared in several books and journals on international relations and comparative politics. Among peer-reviewed journals, her work has appeared in Comparative Political Studies, the American Journal of Political Research, Political Behavior, the Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Global Governance, and West European Politics.   Her contribution to book chapters include, Framing Terrorism (Pippa Norris, et al., eds.), Immigration Research for a New Century (Russell Sage), Bringing Outsiders In: the Future of Immigrant Political Incorporation, (J. Hochschild and J. Mollenkopf, eds, Cornell University Press), Politics In/At the Airport (M. Salter, ed.), The Consequences of Counterterrorist Policies in Democracies (M.Crenshaw, ed. Russell Sage), and The Handbook of International Relations, (Carlsnaes, Risse, Simmons, eds., Sage).

Lahav has been the recipient of several grants and awards, including the MacArthur Fellowship for her current book project on Migration, Security and Civil Liberties: the Rise of Non-State Actors.

Course Offerings


POL103: Introduction to Comparative Politics

POL309: Politics of the European Union

POL310/HONORS: Politics of International Migration and Refugees

POL392: Comparative Politics of Western Europe

POL404/HON The Politics of Immigration in the West: Film, Media and Popular Culture


POL567 Culture, Values and Public Opinion: Cross-National and Comparative Approaches

Research and Recent Publications

  • Co-authored chapter, “International Migration,” (with S. Lavenex) in (forthcoming),
  • “The Europeanization of Immigration Policy,” (with Adam Luedtke), in Contemporary European Politics: Transition and Europeanization,” edited by Michael Mannin and Charlotte Bretherton, Palgrave (forthcoming).
  • “Threat and Immigration Attitudes in Liberal Democracies: The Role of Framing in Structuring Public Opinion,” in Immigration and Public Opinion, edited by Gary Freeman, Randall Hansen, and David Leal, Routledge (forthcoming)
  • “Political Elite Attitudes toward Immigration after September 11th: Evidence from the European Parliament,” (with A.Messina, and J.P. Vasquez), Migration Studies, Special Issue: Public Attitudes toward Immigration in Turbulent Times (forthcoming).

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