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School of Politics and International Relations

Dr Cristina-Ioana Dragomir


Lecturer in US Politics and Policy

Telephone: 020 7882 6876
Room Number: Arts One, 2.01
Office Hours: Tuesday 1-2pm, and Thursday 12-1pm


Cristina-Ioana Dragomir previously served as faculty at Columbia University: Institute for the Study of Human Rights, State University of New York Oswego, New York University, PRATT and The New School. She was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Advanced Study of India at University of Pennsylvania and a Postdoctoral Fellow at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, as well as a consultant with the United Nations.

Her work is in the field of social justice, human rights, subaltern studies, immigration and citizenship. She received her Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research in Politics (2014). Her dissertation, titled “Making the American Immigrant Soldier: Inclusion and Resistance,” examined how the intersection of gender, class, race and ethnicity impacts the immigrants’ naturalization processes. Specifically, using political theory, ethnography, visual politics, social media, and historical analysis, her doctoral study analyzed the patterns of incorporation that immigrants use while enlisted in the U.S. military. Currently, using a transnational comparative framework, she examines how communities labeled as “Gypsies” mobilize against racial and ethnic discrimination in Europe and India.

Professor Dragomir has 10+ years of international research and teaching experience. She taught and led international programs and research projects in the U.S, India, Romania, Moldova and Poland, where she trained students, teachers and practitioners in conducting fieldwork.

Undergraduate Teaching

POL254 US Politics

Postgraduate Teaching

POLM040 Themes & Cases in US Foreign Policy


Research Interests:

Migration; race, ethnicity, gender and class, U.S. politics, Roma, Dalit and Adivasi studies, human rights, qualitative methodology.

Examples of research funding:

Dr. Dragomir is the recipient of several awards and fellowships including the Ted Robinson Memorial Award, Bucerius Ph.D. Fellowship “Settling in Motion,” and The Global Network Grant from Open Society Institute.


“Gendered practices as rituals of knowledge”, in International Feminist Journal of Politics, 21:2, 326-333, DOI: 10.1080/14616742.2019.1599296 

Vulnerable Populations’ Access to Health Care: A study of the nomadic women “Gypsy’ Narikuravars in Tamil Nadu, India” in International Journal for Romani Studies 

“Identity Is Dialogical: The naturalization of immigrants in American military” in Bulletin of the Transilvania University of Braşov Series IV: Philology and Cultural Studies  (2018)

Research on the move: revealing power dynamics in the field” (2017) 

Scheduled Tribe Status: The Need for Clarification” (2017) 


Migration; race, ethnicity, gender and class, U.S. politics, Roma, Dalit and Adivasi studies, human rights, qualitative methodology.

Public Engagement

United Nations DESA/ Migration Section, IOM, Isha Foundation.