Leadership

Director

Alex Aleinikoff is University Professor, and has served as Director of the Zolberg Institute since January 2017. He received a J.D. from the Yale Law School and a B.A. from Swarthmore College.

Alex has written widely in the areas of immigration and refugee law and policy, transnational law, citizenship, race, and constitutional law. He is currently at work on a book tentatively titled, The Arc of Protection: Reforming the International Refugee Regime. His book Semblances of Sovereignty: The Constitution, the State, and American Citizenship was published by Harvard University Press in 2002. Alex is a co-author of leading legal casebooks on immigration law and forced migration.

Before coming to The New School, Alex served as United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees (2010-15) and was a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he also served as dean and Executive Vice President of Georgetown University. He was co-chair of the Immigration Task Force for President Barack Obama’s transition team in 2008. From 1994 to 1997, he served as the general counsel, and then executive associate commissioner for programs, at the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).

Alex was inducted into the American Academy of Arts of Sciences in 2014.

Director, project on cities and migration

Achilles KallergisAchilles Kallergis is the Director of the Cities and Migration Project at the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility. In this role, he coordinates the Research Platform on Cities, Migration and Membership—a collaboration of The New School and fifteen research institutions from around the world.

His research focuses on urbanization, migration and mobility in rapidly growing cities. Specifically, it explores how locally-generated data can provide new evidence on mobility patterns and contribute to improving living conditions in low-income urban settings through better provision of housing and services. In his research, he has collaborated with transnational community networks Slum/Shack Dwellers International and the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights.

Previously he was a Research Scholar at the Marron Institute of Urban Management at New York University. He has taught at the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University and at the New School Graduate Program in International Affairs. 

His work has been published in academic journals and edited books. He holds a PhD in Urban Policy and an M.A. in International Affairs from the New School University, and an M.A. in Political Science from the Université de Lausanne. 

Associate Director

Catherine McGahan is the Associate Director of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility since August 2019.  She received an M.A. in International Affairs from the Julian J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs from the New School of Public Engagement and a B.A. in Literature from Mount Holyoke College.  

Before coming to The Zolberg Institute, Catherine was the Development Manager for the International Rescue Committee in Dallas and Abilene, where she focused on fundraising, marketing, and communications for both Texas refugee resettlement offices.  Catherine was the Partnerships Manager for Right To Play USA, based in New York City, managing corporate relationships, third-party relationships, and events.  Prior to that, Catherine worked for Union Settlement Association in East Harlem.   She currently sits on the Associate Board for Union Settlement.