Dr Joseph Anderson

Research Fellow

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Schifferstraße 44
47059 Duisburg

Phone: +49 (0)203 379-5248
Fax: +49 (0)203 379-5276
E-Mail: anderson@gcr21.uni-due.de


2014 – 2019

PhD Candidate in Peace and Development Studies

University of Gothenburg, Sweden


MA in Human Rights Practice

Universities of Roehampton, Tromsø, and Gothenburg


BA Political Science (honors)

Haverford College, USA


Anderson, Joseph Trawicki, and Anja K. Franck. 2017. “The Public and the Private in Guestworker Schemes: Examples from Malaysia and the U.S.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, December, 1–17.

Franck, Anja K., Emanuelle Brandström Arellano, and Joseph Trawicki Anderson. 2018. “Navigating Migrant Trajectories through Private Actors.” European Journal of East Asian Studies 17 (1): 55–82.

“The migration industry in the H-2 visa: employers, labour intermediaries, and the state” Revisions submitted to International Migration (under review)

“Assembling immigration policy in Utah: from immigrants to ‘guest workers’” Under review with Migraciones Internacionales (under review)

Workshops and Conferences


“Outsourcing the state: security studies and the migration industry in the US and Malaysia” Global Labor Migration Network Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands (Accepted)


“Governing Migration Through the Market: Mexican Authorities and the Quest for Control” International Studies Association, Toronto, Canada. (Accepted)


“The migration industry in state-sponsored migration programs” Nordic Latin America Conference, University of Gothenburg.


“Borders beyond borders: Guestworkers and the migration industry in Monterrey, Mexico” European Workshops in International Studies, Cardiff, UK


“Subnational Units, Non-state Actors, and Processes of Migration Governance” International Studies Association Baltimore, USA


“Borders As Business: Low-Skill Workers, The H-2 Visa, And The Migration Industry In The United States And Mexico” International Studies Association, New Orleans, USA


Dr Joseph Anderson joins the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research as a Research Fellow from March to June 2019. He conducts his research in the Research Unit "Global Cooperation and Polycentric Governance".

Research Project

Theorizing the Entanglements of Public and Private Authority within Migration

This project examines the roles played by private actors within migration schemes around the globe. As migration and migration services are increasingly provided through non-state entities it considers the implications of this ‘commodification’ of migration. As analytical tools, it draws upon both the ideas of the migration industry, as well as drawing from critical security studies—a field which has long considered the ramifications of shifting core state functions to private actors. Thus, using critical security studies as an inspiration, this project examines the kinds of migration services being bought and sold and what these signal about the relationships between private actors and the state. In doing so, it seeks to explore more deeply issues of how migration functions both as a ‘public good’ and as a commodity and the implications of states increasing reliance on governing migration through the market.

Research Interest

  • role of private actors within migration
  • state-sponsored migration programs and the dynamics between public and private in governing these programs


2015 – 2018 Course responsible and lecturer for course Thematic Issues in Global Studies, MA program in Global Studies
2016 – 2017 Lecturer on “The commercialization of international migration” for course Migration, Power, and Identity, MA program in Global Studies