Romm Lewkowicz

Romm Lewkowicz

Romm Lewkowicz
Adjunct Lecturer

Education

Ph.D., The Graduate Center, City University of New York (2021, Cultural Anthropology) 

M.Phil., The Graduate Center, City University of New York (2017, Cultural Anthropology) 

M.Sc., University College London (UCL) (2011, Social Anthropology)

B.A., Tel Aviv University (2010, European History)

 

Bio

Romm Lewkowicz is an anthropologist, migrant rights’ activist and a dramaturgHe has a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the Graduate Center CUNY. Lewkowicz's research and teaching draw on political theory, critical legal studies, and ethnographic methodologies in an effort to reevaluate our understanding of the history and experience of forced migration, asylum regulation, and post-war European integration. He is currently completing his doctoral dissertation titled: “Documenting the Undocumented: Experimenting Europe’s Future at the Biometric Migrant Archive.” His dissertation is a multi-sited ethnography of Eurodac, a pan-European apparatus for the biometric documentation of Europe’s asylum seekers, moving between Brussels, Izmir, Malta, the Greek island of Chios, and Berlin. By attending to both the biometric apparatus and its lived experience by asylum seekers on the move (mainly Syrian, Iraqis, and Yemenis), the dissertation explores how the illegal migrant body has served as a laboratory for experimentation in biometric documentation, and a site for postwar European self-constitution. Lewkowicz’s prior research has been supported by a Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship and a Max Planck Society Minerva Fellowship. Previously, Lewkowicz has held various research positions in migrant rights NGOs around the world, including the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants and the African Refugee Development Center (Tel Aviv), Detention Action (London) and Asylos—Research for Asylum (Brussels).

Course Taught

Current courses

Sex and Culture

Previous courses

Sex and Culture; Introduction to Anthropology;

 

Languages spoken/fluent in

English; Hebrew; Polish

Scholarly Work

Lewkowicz, Romm. 2021. "Informal Practices in Illicit Border-Regimes: The Economy of Legal and Fake Travel Documents Sustaining The EU Asylum System." Migration Letters 18, no. 2: 177-188. https://www.ceeol.com/search/article-detail?id=946019

Lewkowicz, Romm. 2021. "Documenting the Undocumented: Experimenting Europe at the Biometric Migrant Archive." https://academicworks.cuny.edu/gc_etds/4579/

Area of Expertise

Most requested topics by media

Human Rights
Human Trafficking
Immigration
LGBTQQIA
In The Media