Bridget Anderson

Bridget Anderson

Professor of Migration and Citizenship and Deputy Director of COMPAS

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Bridget Anderson is Professor of Migration and Citizenship and Deputy Director  at COMPAS, primarily working on projects in the Citizenship and Belonging, Labour Markets and Welfare clusters, as well as working on the Global Exchange on Migration & Diversity

She has a DPhil in Sociology and previous training in Philosophy and Modern Languages. She is the author of  ‘Us and Them: the Dangerous Politics of Immigration Controls’ (OUP, 2013) and ‘Doing the dirty work? The global politics of domestic labour’. She co-edited  ‘Who Needs Migrant Workers? Labour Shortages, Immigration and Public Policy with Martin Ruhs (2010) and 'The Social, Political and Historical Contours of Deportation' with Matthew Gibney and Emanuela Paoletti (2013).

Bridget is particularly interested in citizenship, nationalism, immigration enforcement (including ‘trafficking’), and low waged labour, migration and the state. She has worked closely with migrants' organisations, trades unions and legal practitioners at local, national and international level.

DPhil supervision

Areas of interest for DPhil supervision:

  • Citizenship and belonging
  • Domestic labour
  • Undocumented migration
  • Migration and labour markets
  • Migration and temporalities
  • Immigration controls and enforcement

Current students:

Selected Publications

Anderson, B. (2013) Us and Them? The dangerous politics of immigration control. Oxford: OUP

Anderson, B, M. Gibney and E. Paoletti (2013) The Social, Political and Historical Contours of Deportation, New York: Springer

Anderson, B, (2010), “Migration, Immigration Controls and the Fashioning of Precarious Workers", Work, Employment and Society, 24(2): 300-17. Nominated for the Sage Prize 2011 

Who Needs Migrant Workers? An introduction to the analysis of staff shortages, immigration and public policy. Oxford: OUP (co edited with Martin Ruhs). August 2010       

Anderson, B., and M. Ruhs, eds. (2010) 'Researching Illegality in Labour Migration: Concepts, Ethics and Policy Nexus', Special Issue of Population, Space and Place, Volume 16 Issue 3 (May/June 2010). 

Full list of publications.