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Barsky earns Guggenheim

Robert F. Barsky

Fellow: Awarded 2022
Field of Study: Law

Barsky’s multidisciplinary research combines work in social justice, human rights, and border studies with literary and artistic insights pertaining to vulnerable persons. His books on undocumented migrants, refugees, and the milieus of Noam Chomsky and Zellig Harris have been translated into 14 languages. He has been actively involved in several national and international research projects, supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and the governments of Canada, Québec, Belgium, France, and Holland. In his newest book, ‘Clamouring for Legal Protection: What the Great Books Teach Us about Vulnerable Migrants‘ (Bloomsbury Press, 2021), written while he was a Rockefeller Resident Fellow at the Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio, Barsky suggests that many stories in the Western Tradition deemed to have enduring value offer insights into current discussions about the flight and plight of vulnerable migrants. Barsky has been a visiting professor at Yale University, the University of Northampton, the University of Memphis Law School, the Institutes for Advanced Studies in both Toulouse and Edinburgh, and the Law School of VU Amsterdam. He is the founding editor of AmeriQuests ( and the art/border crossing journal Contours Collaborations (