Katy Long


Katy Long is a writer and broadcaster. Her work on immigration, borders and identity has most recently been featured in The Guardian and The Washington Post. She has also presented documentaries for BBC Radio 4.

Katy LongBefore moving to San Francisco in 2014 – and in the process becoming an immigrant herself – Katy spent a decade working as a migration researchers at the Universities of Oxford, LSE and Edinburgh. She continues to teach at the School of Advanced Study at the University of London and holds an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Edinburgh.

Katy’s first book, The Point of No Return: Refugees, Rights and Repatriation was based on Ph.D. research completed at the University of Cambridge in 2009, and was published in 2013 by Oxford University Press. Katy is also the co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (Oxford University Press, 2014). Katy is also the author of The Huddled Masses: Immigration and Inequality (Amazon/Thistle: 2014), a short accessible book on immigration for a general audience.

Katy has also worked extensively with policy-makers. From 2015 to 2017 she was an advisor to Sir Peter Sutherland in his role as Special Representative on International Migration to the UN Secretary General.  Katy has also worked with numerous other organizations, including the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, the World Bank, the UK Department of International Development, the Overseas Development Institute and the Migration Policy Institute.

In 2018, Katy has been working on a new in-depth project, American Journeys, in which she attempted to unravel America’s immigration story through time and space, while driving from San Francisco to New York. Stay tuned for updates about the forthcoming podcast and book – and in the meantime, listen to some of the story here.

Follow Katy on Twitter at @mobilitymuse

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