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After the Last Border by Jessica Goudeau

After the Last Border coverAfter the Last Border: Two Families and the Story of Refuge in America (2020) has been chosen as the 2022 summer reading book by the General Education Committee. According to the New York Times, the book "offers a crash course in how shifts in public attitudes and, in turn, United States policy have helped and hindered people desperate to escape the poverty or violence in their homelands." 

Students will be encouraged to read After the Last Borderin in preparation for the fall semester 2022. Jessica Goudeau is the author of After the Last Border: Two Families and the Story of Refuge in America, which won the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize and a Christopher Award. It was named a New York Times Editors’ Choice book,World Magazine’s “Understanding the World” Book of the Year, a Library Journal “Best Social Science Book of the Year” and one of Chicago Public Library’s “Best Books of 2020”. 

See also: Jessica Goudeau's website; Jessica Goudeau on Twitter, Instragram, and Facebook

The summer reading book is chosen each year by the General Education Committee, and read by all incoming first-year students and seniors as part of their Human Experience and Imagining Justice coursework.


After the Last Border interview, C-SPAN

Suggested Further Reading

Blitz, B. (2017). Another story: What public opinion data tell us about refugee and humanitarian policy. Journal on Migration and Human Security, 5(2), 379–400.

Fisher, M. (2016, September 18). Straightforward answers to basic questions about Syria’s war. The New York Times.

Gilsinan, K. (2015, October 29). The confused person’s guide to the Syrian civil war, The Atlantic.

Maizland, L. (2022, January 31). Myanmar’s troubled history: Coups, military rule, and ethnic conflict, Council on Foreign Relations.

Soylu Yalcinkaya, N., Branscombe, N. R., Gebauer, F., Niedlich, C., & Hakim, N. H. (2018). Can they ever be one of us? Perceived cultural malleability of refugees and policy support in host nations. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 78, 125–133.

Wasem, R.E. (2020). More than a Wall: The rise and fall of US asylum and refugee policy. Journal on Migration and Human Security, 8(3), 246–265.

Conflicts in Context

Key Facts & Figures

UNHCR. (May 23, 2022). Number of refugees under United Nations mandates, internally displaced persons (IDPs), asylum seekers, and Venezuelans displaced abroad in each year from 1951 until 2021 [Graph]. In Statista. Retrieved August 25, 2022, from


Refugee Processing Center. (January 31, 2022). Number of refugees arriving in the United States in the fiscal year of 2021, by country of nationality [Graph]. In Statista. Retrieved August 25, 2022, from


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