About Us

What is the Selective Bibliography of Forced Migration?

This is a collection of written and audiovisual materials to widen the scope of discussion around refugees and forced migration. Forced migration is a much debated, extremely sensationalized, and yet poorly understood topic. Therefore, this project is first and foremost an educational tool for people of all ages and draws on materials which are accessible to a variety of audiences. We explore everything from children’s books to academic theory from both contemporary and historical perspectives, and including contributions from people who have themselves experienced forced migration. This is not merely a list; this is a collaborative, open-access, developing resource aimed at widening the scope of discussion around refugees and forced migration. This project is an extension of the Consortium on Forced Migration, Displacement and Education, the Lexicon of Forced Migration Class (offered at all Consortium colleges), and ongoing discourse about the realities of and responses to forced migration. We were inspired by the #CharlestonSyllabus, the Ferguson Syllabus, and other crowdsourced resources, and thankful to the creators of the #CharlestonSyllabus for their advice and insight. 

The project was initially developed by Professor Brittany Murray at Vassar College in 2019.

Research Team

Samantha Cavagnolo

Vassar College ‘22

I am a Religion major with interests in Anthropology, Art History, and International Studies. I have been working on the Bibliography since Fall 2019 and am excited to watch our team and research grow.

Ava McElhone Yates

Coordinator for Research and Pedagogy, Consortium on Forced Migration, Displacement, and Education (and Vassar College ’21)

I graduated from Vassar in 2021 with a major in History and a particular interest in the intersections between migration, human rights, and foreign policy. I now work as the Coordinator for Research and Pedagogy at the Consortium on Forced Migration, Displacement, and Education. 

Kaiya John

Vassar College ‘23

I am an International Studies major with minors in Arabic and Migration and Displacement Studies, and my interests lie at the intersection of global health, displacement, and human rights. I have been working with the Consortium since the fall of 2019 and am excited to continue researching with this talented team!

Haru Sugishita

Vassar College ‘23

I am a prospective Political Science major with interests in French and International Studies. I’ve been working with the Consortium on Forced Migration, Displacement, and Education since Fall 2019. I am very thrilled to work with this amazing team!

Angie Diaz

Vassar College ‘21

I graduated Vassar in 2021 with an Asian Studies major and concentrations in History and Art History, with a newfound focus on forced migration.

Ellis Peterson

Vassar College ‘22

I am a political science major with prospective German and Geography minors. I’ve gotten the chance to learn a lot about forced migration through VRS and am excited to research with this great team!

Vale Sibrian

Bennington College ‘21

I’m a recent graduate from Bennington College, where I studied Painting and SCT. There, I was part of the Consortium on Forced Migration, Displacement, and Education and a founding member of  (M)othertounges Magazine. I feel lucky and excited to be part of this team.

Jeremy Sass

Vassar College ‘22

I’m a History major and Education Correlate at Vassar. I’m new to the topic of forced migration, but I’m excited to work with this group on such important work!

Malvika Dang

Bennington College ‘24

I am a prospective Political Science and Literature student, with a special interest in the intersectionalities between the two in migration studies. Having worked with the Consortium on Forced Migration, Displacement, and Education in the past, I am excited to be back in collaboration on such projects!

Arlene Chen

Vassar College ‘24

I am a prospective History major with interests in Forced Migration and International Studies. I’m very excited and proud to work together with this team on the Bibliography this summer!

Jordan Shamoun

Vassar College ‘24

I am a prospective Environmental Studies major and Migration and Displacement Studies minor. I am excited to join this team and explore these topics more through the Selective Bibliography!

Matthew Brill-Carlat

Coordinator of Research and Pedagogy, Consortium on Forced Migration, Displacement, and Education (and Vassar College ’19)

I graduated from Vassar with a major in History in 2019, and now work as the Coordinator of Research and Pedagogy with the Consortium on Forced Migration, Displacement, and Education. I have been helping lead the Selective Bibliography project since 2019.

Naima Nader

Vassar College ‘23

I’m a Mathematics major interested in thinking about migration and the ways we talk and learn about it. I’m very proud to be part of this wonderful team.

Elijah Appelson

Vassar College ‘23

I am a prospective Mathematics major and Prison Studies minor. I’m new to working on Forced Migration and excited to use my interests to bring a unique perspective to our brilliant team. 

Lee Ann Bael

Vassar College ‘21

I am a History major with interests in Political Science and Arabic. I joined the bibliography in January 2021 and I will be researching Protracted Refugee Situations. I am excited to get to work with this amazing team! 

Violet Cenedella

Vassar College ‘22

I am an American Studies major with concentrations in Sociology and International Affairs. I was introduced to the Consortium of Forced Migration in spring 2019 and spent the following summer on the Burnam Fellowship putting on theater workshops and working with unaccompanied minor boys in Moria Refugee Camp on Lesvos, Greece. My work with refugees reinvigorated my passion for studying forced migration and instilled a lifelong dedication to fight for the rights of displaced peoples. I’m honored to return to the Consortium to begin such important work.