History

The Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility is named in honor of late New School professor Aristide R. Zolberg, one of the world’s leading voices on the politics, and ethics of . Zolberg served as Walter A. Eberstadt Professor of Politics and University in Professor Emeritus at The New School for Social Research. A distinguished political scientist and preeminent scholar of comparative politics, the history of , nationalism and , and immigration in North America and Western Europe, he served for many years as founding director of the International Center for Migration, Ethnicity and () at The New School. ICMEC would serve as the foundation for the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, launched shortly after Zolberg’s passing in .

Early in life, Zolberg experienced first-hand the perils of war, ethnic hatred, displacement and exile. A Belgian Jew, Ary was born shortly before the Nazis rose to power, and survived World War II under an assumed Catholic in France. After the war he became a refugee in the , and earned his doctorate in political science at the University of Chicago.

Zolberg mentored and inspired several generations of colleagues and students at The New School, where he was first appointed as Distinguished Professor of Political Science in 1983. Zolberg’s book, A Nation by Design, remains one of the most authoritative accounts of immigration history in the United States, and a compelling story of how immigration shaped the country.

The Zolberg Institute is privileged to continue Ary Zolberg’s humanity, erudition and legacy.

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