On Borders and Academic Freedom: Noncitizen Students and the Limits of Rights

By Abigail Boggs


This article explores the limits of the discourse of “academic freedom” in the contemporary US university by centering the particular position and experiences of international students. A focus on the question of rights presumes that all participants in campus life have the capacity to claim said rights and thus fails to effectively comprehend how campuses function, for whom they function, and how legal and administrative policies stemming from US immigration law condition campus life for noncitizens and the broader campus community. This article illustrates how the invocation of “rights” operates in ways that both obfuscate and, at times, oddly animate the very figures such a focus implicitly renders both insignificant and exploitable—noncitizen students, faculty, staff, and other campus workers.

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I am a lecturer in one of public University in Ghana. May I know if your journal is open to external articles such as from Ghana for publication in your journal?

We are not currently accepting submissions for the journal, but we expect to release a new call for papers in the fall. You can find out more about the journal here. Submissions by authors from other countries are welcome as long as they are relevant to the journal's core topic of academic freedom and comply with our editorial policy.


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