The International Origins of US Deportation Policy

Episode 372

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Deportation is one of the fundamental practices through which modern nations. But modern forms of deportation cannot take place without diplomatic arrangements and internationally agreed upon practices for removing people from within the borders of a country. In this episode, we speak to Torrie Hester, author of a new book entitled Deportation: the Origins of U.S. Policy, about the international regime that facilitated the rise of US deportation practices from the late 19th century onward.

This episode is recorded in conjunction with our investigative series entitled Deporting Ottoman Americans.

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Contributor Bios

Torrie Hester is an Associate Professor of History at Saint Louis University and author of Deportation: Origins of U.S. Policy.
Chris Gratien is Assistant Professor of History at University of Virginia, where he teaches classes on global environmental history and the Middle East. He is currently preparing a monograph about the environmental history of the Cilicia region of the former Ottoman Empire from the 1850s until the 1950s.


Episode No. 372
Release Date: 18 August 2018
Recording Location: Harvard University
Audio editing by Chris Gratien
Music: Baglamamin Dugumu - Necmiye Ararat and Muzaffer
Bibliography courtesy of Torrie Hester

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