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Savitri Maya Kunze

Social Science Teaching Fellow

Savitri Maya Kunze is a historian of nineteenth and twentieth-century human rights and international sovereignty. Her research and teaching interests include human rights and humanitarianism, America and the World, 19th and 20th century US, and the intersection of international diplomacy, transnational migration, deportation regimes, and citizenship. Her research investigates how the rights of stateless persons in the US help explain the transnational human rights norms in the first half of the twentieth century. 

Savi is currently transforming her dissertation into a book manuscript, The Undeportables: Diplomatic Nonrecognition and the Periphery of Rights in the United States. Set against the backdrop of the United States’ emergence as an imperial power from the turn of the century through World War II, The Undeportables explores what it meant that the federal government could not deport people it had identified as undesirable, even as it enacted strict immigration protocols in the first decades of the twentieth century. 

Savi received a PhD in US and International History from the University of Chicago and a BA in History from Oberlin College.