Lori’s Book Receives Honorable Mention for AGAPS Best Book Award

Offshore Citizens: Permanent Temporary Status in the Gulf (Cambridge University Press, 2019) – the latest book by Noora Lori, Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University – has received an honorable mention for the Best Book Award from the Association for Gulf and Arabian Peninsula Studies (AGAPS) section of the Middle East Studies Association.

Lori’s book explains why and how states make people wait for citizenship. Her in-depth case study of the United Arab Emirates uses new archival sources and extensive interviews to show how temporary residency can be transformed into permanent legal status, through visa renewals and the postponement of naturalization cases.

This is the fourth time Offshore Citizens has received an honor for academic excellence, and it has already received the following awards: 2020 best book prize from the Migration and Citizenship Section of the American Political Science Association; 2021 Distinguished Book Award from the Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Migration Studies section of the International Studies Association (ENMISA); as well as Best Book in MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Politics from the APSA-MENA Politics section of the American Political Science Association.

Noora Lori’s research broadly focuses on the political economy of migration, the development of security institutions and international migration control, and the establishment and growth of national identity systems. She is particularly interested in the study of temporary worker programs and racial hierarchies in comparative perspective. Regionally, her work examines the shifting population movements accompanying state formation in the Persian Gulf, expanding the study of Middle East politics to include historic and new connections with East Africa and the Indian subcontinent. Lori is the Founding Director of the Pardee School Initiative on Forced Migration and Human Trafficking. Read more about Professor Lori on her faculty profile