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Robert Franklin Barsky

Professor of French, English and Jewish Studies
Professor of Law

Robert Barsky works at the intersection of humanities and law, with a focus on border crossings. In his newest book, Clamor at the Gate: What the Great Books Teach Us About Vulnerable Migrants, written as a resident fellow at the Rockefeller Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio, Barsky suggests that a significant portion of stories that are deemed to have enduring value in the Western Tradition provide insights to current discussions relating to the flight and plight of vulnerable migrants. He is also working on a series of articles, blogs and an edition of the travaux préparatoires to the 1967 Refugee Protocol, negotiated in that same Rockefeller Villa Serbelloni, in 1965. He is the author or editor of numerous books on narrative and law, including Undocumented Immigrants in an Era of Arbitrary Law: The Flight and Plight of Peoples’ Deemed ‘Illegal’ (2016); Arguing and Justifying: Assessing the Convention Refugees’ Choice of Moment, Motive and Host Country (2000); Constructing a Productive Other: Discourse Theory and the Convention Refugee Hearing (1994). His works on radical theory and practice include Zellig Harris: From American Linguistics to Socialist Zionism (2011); The Chomsky Effect: A Radical Works beyond the Ivory Tower (2007) and Noam Chomsky: A Life of Dissent (1997). He is the founding editor of the border crossing journal AmeriQuests, the founding editor of Discours social/Social Discourse, and was an editor for SubStance. He has been a visiting professor at a number of universities worldwide, including Yale University; the University of Northampton; the University of Memphis Law School, the Institute for Advanced Studies, Toulouse, France; the Law School of VU University Amsterdam; and the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh.

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Representative Publications

  • A series of 2019 blogs for the Yale Journal on Regulation that provide an overview of Barsky’s work on the 1967 Refugee Convention
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  • Undocumented Immigrants an Era of Arbitrary Law: The Flight and Plight of People Deemed ‘Illegal’, Oxon: Routledge (2015)
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  • Zellig Harris: From American Linguistics to Socialist Zionism, Cambridge; London: The MIT Press (2011)
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  • The Chomsky Effect: A Radical Works Beyond the Ivory Tower, Cambridge; London: The MIT Press (2007); paperback (2009)
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  • Arguing and Justifying: Assessing the Convention Refugee Choice of Moment, Motive and Host Country, Aldershot; Burlington; Sydney; Singapore: Ashgate, (2001)
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  • Noam Chomsky: A Life of Dissent, Cambridge; London: MIT Press (1997, 1998)
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