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Welcome! I am the Executive Director of the Immigration Policy Lab at Stanford University and an Affiliated Scholar at the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University. I have worked with governments, donor agencies, and NGOs around the world to design and evaluate policies and programs on migration and displacement, violence prevention, conflict resolution, stabilization, and governance. I am the author of Guilt by Location: Forced Displacement and Population Sorting in Civil Wars (Cambridge University Press, 2024), and my research, analysis, and commentary has appeared in a number of academic and policy journals, along with  the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Just Security, and The Conversationhave also taught courses on forced migration and conflict and trained development practitioners on research methods and program evaluations.


I received my Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. Previously, I was Senior Researcher for Peace and Conflict at Mercy Corps and a Postdoc and Lecturer at Yale University.  I have received grants from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. I have also served as a consultant for humanitarian and development organizations on issues related to conflict, displacement, and migration, including UNHCR, the World Bank, the Danish Refugee Council, and USAID. Prior to my academic career, I reported for National Geographic and worked on USAID-funded stabilization and political transition programs in Afghanistan, Libya, and South Sudan. Contact me at alich (at) stanford (dot) edu.

Photos: (L) Ein Issa Displacement Camp, Raqqa, Syria; (R) NMPDC, Kitgum, Uganda (A. Lichtenheld)

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