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Blair Peruniak is a SSHRC Doctoral Fellow and DPhil candidate in the Department of International Development at the University of Oxford where he tutors in the areas of International Refugee Law and the Politics and Ethics of Forced Migration. His work focusses on liberal and republican theories of political asylum, moral agency, and epistemic issues in refugee status determination.
He was previously a researcher at Athabasca University's Centre for Global and Social Analysis, and a research assistant for several SSHRC-funded projects including “Refugees and Peacebuilding” (Carleton/McGill, 2015-2016), “The Liberal State and the Expulsion of Members: Banishment, Denationalisation and Deportation” (Oxford, 2014-2015), and “The Right of Return: Origins, Evolution and Scope of an International Norm” (Saint Paul University, 2012-2013). He has presented his research at numerous academic conferences.