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Matthew J Gibney is Professor of Politics and Forced Migration and Fellow of Linacre College, Oxford. He is a political scientist who has written widely on issues relating to refugees, migration control and citizenship from the perspectives of normative political theory and comparative politics. He is a graduate of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and completed an MPhil and a PhD. at Cambridge University, where he was a Commonwealth Scholar.
He has taught politics at Monash, Cambridge, and Harvard universities and the University of Toronto. He has held Visiting Academic positions at Northwestern University in Illinois, Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and, most recently at the University of Toronto and the University of New South Wales in Sydney.
He has written many articles and chapters on asylum and immigration and their relationship to issues of ethics, security and the liberal democratic state. His work has been published in the American Political Science Review, the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, Forced Migration Review, Government and Opposition, and a range of other journals. His books include Globalizing Rights: The Oxford Amnesty Lectures (Oxford University Press 2003), which has been translated into Spanish and Italian; The Ethics and Politics of Asylum: Liberal Democracy and the Response to Refugees (Cambridge University Press 2004); and (with Randall Hansen) a three-volume encyclopedia entitled Immigration and Asylum From 1900 to the Present (ABC-Clio 2005).