Lillian Frost is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at George Washington University (GWU), with primary research interests in forced migration, citizenship, and Middle East politics. Her dissertation project aims to explain variations in the sets of rights and forms of citizenship statuses host states offer to different protracted refugee groups over time, including shifts in formal laws as well as their informal enforcement. Protracted refugees are designated by the United Nations as groups of 25,000 or more refugees with the same nationality living in the same host country for at least five years.
During her three months research stay, she will focus on writing and presenting dissertation chapters under the supervision of Prof. Maarten Vink. In doing so, she will assess the similarities and differences in the logic and consequences of citizenship policies in Europe compared to those in less democratic contexts, pulling from and building on the MiLifeStatus project’s research.