Dr Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels

Academic Director


Amanda Klekowski von Koppenfels received her PhD in Government and MA in Germany and European Studies from Georgetown University, Washington, DC. She received an AB from Harvard University. Prior to teaching at the University of Kent, she held positions at the University of Münster (Germany) and at the International Organization for Migration. Since being at Kent, she has been Visiting Scholar at Harvard University's Center for European Studies 2012-13 and Visiting Professor at the University of Vienna, in the Research Group Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion, in Autumn 2009. Her most recent publications include Migrants or Expatriates? Americans in Europe (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2014), "'The distance between us': a comparative examination of the technical, spatial and temporal dimensions of the transnational social relationships of highly skilled migrants" (with Louise Ryan and Jon Mulholland) in Global Networks,  " 'Gotta go visit family': Reconsidering the relationship between tourism and transnationalism" (with Louise Ryan and Jon Mulholland) in Population, Space and Place and "Americans Abroad: A Disillusioned Diaspora?" (http://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/americans-abroad-disillusioned-diaspora).

Research Interests

Dr. Klekowski von Koppenfels' current research interests focus on the concept of diaspora and transnational engagement of migrants, in particular with respect to Global North migrants, although she remains interested in the phenomena more broadly. Her most recent research has focused on the integration, identity and transnational engagement of Americans in Europe. She poses the question, with respect to Americans, "What is a migrant?" Her other research interests include citizenship, the political participation of migrants in host societies and co-ethnic return migration, in particular with respect to the post-war evolution of German citizenship policy. She is also interested in the interaction between formal and substantive citizenship and the interaction between integration and transnationalism. She has conducted both qualitative and quantitative research.


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  • von Koppenfels, A., Mulholland, J. and Ryan, L. (2015). 'Gotta Go Visit Family': Reconsidering the Relationship Between Tourism and Transnationalism. Population, Space and Place [Online]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1002/psp.1916.
  • Ryan, L., von Koppenfels, A. and Mulholland, J. (2015). 'The distance between us': a comparative examination of the technical, spatial and temporal dimensions of the transnational social relationships of highly skilled migrants. Global Networks [Online] 15:198-216. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/glob.12054/.
  • von Koppenfels, A. (2014). Migrants or expatriates? US citizens as a migrant group. Migration Policy Practice [Online] IV:16-19. Available at: http://publications.iom.int/bookstore/free/MPP16_24June2014.pdf.
  • von Koppenfels, A. and Costanzo, J. (2013). Counting the Uncountable: Overseas Americans. Migration Information Source [Online]. Available at: http://www.migrationinformation.org/USfocus/display.cfm?ID=951.
  • von Koppenfels, A. (2004). Second-Class Citizens? Restricted Freedom of Movement for Spätaussiedler is Constitutional. German Law Journal 5:761-789.

Book section

  • von Koppenfels, A. (2014). Migration von AussiedlerInnen: Wandel der politischen Perspektive. In: Rueckkehr in Die Fremde? Ethnische Remigration Russlanddeutscher Spaetaussiedler. Berlin: Frank & Timme GmbH, pp. 19-34.
  • von Koppenfels, A. (2013). Political Transnationalism in a New Light?. In: Halm, D. and Sezgin, Z. eds. Migration and Organized Civil Society: Rethinking National Policy. Routledge. Available at: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415691987/.
  • von Koppenfels, A. (2013). Testing for Integration and Belonging or a new Barrier to Entry? Citizenship Tests in the United States and Germany. In: Atac, I. and Rosenberger, S. eds. Politik Der Inklusion Und Exklusion. V&R unipress. Available at: http://www.v-r.de/de/title-0-0/politik_der_inklusion_und_exklusion-1008330/.
  • von Koppenfels, A. (2009). From Germans to Migrants: Aussiedler Migration to Germany. In: Tsuda, T. ed. Diasporic Homecomings: Ethnic Return Migration in Comparative Perspective. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, pp. 103-132.
  • Hillman, F. and von Koppenfels, A. (2009). Migration and human rights: the United Nations Convention on Migrant Workers' Rights. In: de Guchtenaire, P., Pecoud, A. and Cholewinski, R. eds. Migration and Human Rights The United Nations Convention on Migrant Workers' Rights. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 322-342.
  • Latapi, A. and von Koppenfels, A. (2003). The Puebla Process - a case Study of Regional Consultative Process Development. In: World Migration 2003: Managing Migration, Challenges and Responses for People on the Move. Geneva: International Organization for Migration, Geneva, pp. 125-126.
  • von Koppenfels, A. (2003). Willkommene Gäste oder tolerierte Fremde? Entwicklung der Aussiedlerpolitik und -verwaltung. In: Oltmer, J. ed. Migration Steuern Und Verwalten: Deutschland Vom späten 19. Jahrhundert Bis Zum Gegenwart. Osnabrück: IMIS, pp. 399-420.
  • von Koppenfels, A. (2003). The Political Opportunity Structure of Co-Ethnic Migrant Mobilization; Post Cold-War Co-Ethnic Migrants to Israel and Germany. In: MünzR. and Ohliger, R. eds. Diasporas and Ethnic Migrants: Germany, Israel and Russia in Comparative Perspective. Oxford: Frank Cass, pp. 305-323.
  • von Koppenfels, A. (2002). The Devolution of Privilege: The Legal Background of the Migration of Ethnic Germans. In: Rock, D. and Wolff, S. eds. Coming Home to Germany? The Integration of Ethnic Germans from Central and Eastern Europe in the Federal Republic. Oxford: Berghahn Books, pp. 102-118.
  • Laczko, F., von Koppenfels, A. and Barthel, J. (2002). Trafficking in Women from Central and Eastern Europe: A Review of Statistical Data. In: Laczko, F., Stacher, I. and von Koppenfels, A. K. eds. New Challenges for Migration Policy in Central and Eastern Europe. The Hague: TMC Asser Press, pp. 153-174.
  • Kraler, A., Laczko, F. and von Koppenfels, A. (2002). Recent Trends in Asylum Applications in and from Central and Eastern Europe. In: Laczko, F., Stacher, I. and von Koppenfels, A. K. eds. New Challenges for Migraiton Policy in Central and Eastern Europe. The Hague: TMC Asser Press, pp. 11-26.
  • von Koppenfels, A. (2001). Politically Minded: The Case of Aussiedler as an Idelogically Defined Category. In: Hunger, U., Meendermann, K., Santel, B. and Woyke, W. eds. Migration in erklärten Und unerklärten Einwanderungsländern: Ein Geschenk Von Schülern Und Studenten Zum 60. Geburtstag Von Dietrich Thränhardt. Münster: LIT Verlag, pp. 89-120.


  • von Koppenfels, A. (2014). Migrants or Expatriates? Americans in Europe. [Online]. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9781137316301.


  • Hassouneh, N. (2015). (Re)tuning Statelessness.

Edited book

  • Laczko, F., Stacher, I. and von Koppenfels, A.K. eds. (2002). New Challenges for Migration Policy in Central and Eastern Europe. Vol. 1. The Hague: Asser Press.
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