Thomas Faist

Professor of Transnational and Development Studies at the Department of Sociology, Bielefeld University ( From 2000-2004 he directed International Studies in Political Management at the University of Applied Sciences Bremen. His research interests concern international migration, immigrant integration, citizenship, and social policy. He held visiting professorships at Brandeis University, Malmö University and the University of Toronto. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the German Institute for Public Affairs in Berlin and a board member of the International Network on Migration and Development. Thomas Faist served as a deputy editor of the journal The Sociological Quarterly (2004-08) and is currently on the editorial board of Ethnic and Racial Studies, Migration Letters, and South Asian Diaspora. He has contributed to transnational studies in migration research with his book on The Volume and Dynamics of International Migration and Transnational Social Spaces (Oxford 2000; reprinted 2004). More recently, Thomas Faist published Dual Citizenship in Europe: From Nationhood to Social Integration (Ashgate 2007). He also co-authored Citizenship: Theory, Discourse and Transnational Prospects“ (Blackwell 2007) and co-edited Dual Citizenship in Global Perspective (Palgrave Macmillan 2008) with Peter Kivisto. Faist is also the co-author with Andreas Ette of The Europeanization of National Immigration Politics and Policies (Palgrave Macmillan 2007) and a recent book with Peter Kivisto on Beyond a Border: The Causes and Consequences of Contemporary Immigration (SAGE/Pine Forge Press 2010). Thomas Faist co-edited a special issue on migration and development of the journal Social Analysis with Nina Glick Schiller (2009). His research efforts now focus on The Transnational Social Question: Social Rights and Citizenship in a Global Context (International Sociology, 2009)