Ugur Altundal | About Me

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I am the Burt Dorsett ’53 Postdoctoral Fellow in Ethics at the Ethics Institute at Dartmouth College. I earned my Ph.D. in Political Science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and M.A. in Government from Georgetown University. Prior to Dartmouth College, I worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Loyola University Maryland and as a research fellow at Brown University.

My research expertise includes contemporary political theory, citizenship, migration, borders and boundaries, global justice, and democratic theory.

My first book manuscript, The Right to Travel: Toward an Ethics of Short-Term Mobility, is based on my doctoral dissertation which received the Best Dissertation Award in Migration & Citizenship section at American Political Science Association (APSA) in 2023. It focuses on the ethics of international migration and mobility, which have been central to both academic and political debates over the last few decades. Most migration scholars think and write almost exclusively about immigration. But most cross-border movement of people is short-term and not with the intent to settle. This has resulted in the underdevelopment of normative theory on the right to travel. In this manuscript, I theorize and defend a right to travel independent of long-term migration. I address international travel and short-term or circular migration. It includes chapters that argue for a human right to travel, explain that right’s moral and practical limits, and examine the normative implications of such a right for democratic politics.