Kristy A. Belton

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Kristy A. Belton

  • Post-doctoral Fellow

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Kristy A. Belton is the current Post-doctoral Fellow in Human Rights Studies. She received her Ph.D. and Graduate Certificate in Human Rights from the University of Connecticut. Her research interests center upon the politics of belonging (especially citizenship, statelessness and the racialized "Other"), migration, human rights and global justice. She has conducted fieldwork in the Caribbean on many of these themes.

Dr. Belton’s published works include articles in the Journal of Global Ethics, Ethnic and Racial Studies, International Journal of Bahamian Studies, Alternatives: Global, local, political and The Latin Americanist. She also has a book chapter on "Statelessness and Economic and Social Rights" in The State of Economic and Social Rights: A Global Overview (2013).

Dr. Belton has received funding from various sources for her research, including a Tinker grant, a ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius "Settling into Motion" migration studies fellowship, as well as an Outstanding Scholars Program fellowship from the University of Connecticut’s Graduate School.

Courses Taught

  • Politics of Human Rights
  • Global Politics

Degrees

  • Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Connecticut                                                                     
  • M.A. in Political Science, University of Central Florida
  • M.A. in Spanish, Middlebury College
  • B.A. in Spanish, French minor, Barry University

Fieldwork

  • Santo Domingo and province of Monte Plata, Dominican Republic, February, 2013
  • Nassau and Abaco, Bahamas, October-November, 2012
  • Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, June-July, 2012
  • Nassau, Bahamas, July-August, 2009

Media Expertise

  • Statelessness
  • Migration
  • Human Rights

Professional Activities

  • American Political Science Association: member of the Human Rights and Migration and Citizenship sections
  • International Studies Association: member of the Ethnicity, Nationalism & Migration Studies, Human Rights and Theory sections
  • Consultant (2013). "Regimes of Ethnicity: A Global Database of Ethnic Demography and Survey of State Policies on Ethnicity." Principal Investigator, Dr. Şener Aktürk, Koç University, Turkey. Funding, Marie Curie International Reintegration Grant, European Commission.
  • Participant and presenter (2012-2014), Columbia University’s Human Rights Seminar, Columbia University, NY.
  • Member (2010-2014), Economic and Social Rights Reading Group, University of Connecticut, CT.
  • Participant (2009), Refugees Studies Centre short course on Statelessness, Oxford University, UK.

Research Interests

  • Human rights
  • Citizenship
  • Statelessness
  • Migration
  • International relations theory
  • Global governance
  • Global justice
  • The Caribbean

Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed articles

2011. "The Neglected Non-Citizen: statelessness and liberal political theory." Journal of Global Ethics 7.1: 57-69.

2011."Dry Land Drowning or Rip Current Survival? Haitians Without Status in the Bahamas." Ethnic and Racial Studies 34.6: 948-966.

2010. "Arendt's Children in The Bahamian Context: the children of migrants without status." International Journal of Bahamian Studies 16: 35-50.

2010. "From Cyberspace to Offline Communities: Indigenous Peoples and Global Connectivity." Alternatives: Global, local, political 35.3: 193-215.

2009. "The Multi-Faceted Debate on Human Migration," co-authored with Dr. Waltraud Q. Morales. The Latin Americanist 53.1: 187-210.

2008. "Contesting Democracy and Citizenship: Latin American and Caribbean Perspectives," co-authored with Dr. Waltraud Q. Morales. The Latin Americanist 52.1: 95-113.

Book chapters

(Forthcoming) "The Legal Status of Statelessness: An overview." Chapter on statelessness for the volume Slippery Citizenship, eds. Rhoda Howard-Hassmann and Margaret Walton-Roberts, University of Pennsylvania Press.

2013. "Statelessness and Economic and Social Rights." In The State of Economic and Social Rights: A Global Overview, Lanse Minkler, ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 221-248.

Selected Presentations

Academic

2014. "The Haitian 'Other' in the Caribbean: emplaced neither here nor there." International Studies Association; Toronto, Canada.

2013. "Exclusion, Island-Style: citizenship deprivation and denial in the Caribbean." Tenth Annual Citizenship Studies Conference, Wayne State University; Detroit, MI.

2013. "Post-Arendtian Statelessness?" Columbia University’s Human Rights Seminar, Faculty House, Columbia University; NY, NY.

2012. "Statelessness and Global Distributive Justice." Ethics of Exclusion workshop, Northeastern University; Boston, MA.

2012. "Paradise Lost: statelessness in The Bahamas and the Dominican Republic." Caribbean Studies Association; Guadeloupe.

2012. "On the State of Stateless." Fourth Students’ Conference, Settling into Motion; Hamburg, Germany.

2011. "Statelessness and Economic and Social Rights." Economic and Social Rights Group Workshop; University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.

2011. "The Last Bastion? Citizenship Determination in a Globalizing World." International Studies Association; Montreal, Canada.

2010. "Dry Land Drowning or Rip Current Survival? Haitians without status in The Bahamas." American Political Science Association; Washington, DC.

2010. "The Neglected Non-Citizen: statelessness and liberal political theory." New England Political Science Association; Newport, RI.

2009. "An Analysis of Citizenship as Human Right: laying the theoretical foundations." Graduate Student Human Rights Conference – University of Connecticut; Storrs, CT.

2008. "Transnational efforts to eradicate borders among stateless people." International Studies Association – Northeast. Baltimore, MD.

2008. "The sovereign right to exclude? An analysis of the international system of States and its role in the perpetration of global inequality." American Political Science Association, Boston, MA.

2008. "Citizenship as Choice." Thinking With(Out) Borders Conference. University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

2008. "The Challenge of Citizenship and Human Rights: the Immigration Debate" co-authored paper with Dr. Waltraud Q. Morales. The South Eastern Council on Latin American Studies; Tampa, FL.

2007. "Back to Basics: State Responsibility for People. A commentary on statelessness." International Studies Association – South; Savannah, GA.

2007. "Bridging Divides: Globalization, Indigenous Identity and Activism." The North Central Council of Latin Americanists; University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, WI.

2007. "Contesting Democracy and Citizenship: Latin American and Caribbean Perspectives" co-authored paper with Dr. Waltraud Q. Morales. The South Eastern Council on Latin American Studies; San José, Costa Rica.

Invited

2013. "Different Context, Same Result? A comparison of statelessness in The Bahamas and the Dominican Republic." Simposio sobre Derecho a la Nacionalidad y Estado de Derecho en República Dominicana: Retos y Perspectivas. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

2012. "Stateless and Stranded? Individuals of Haitian descent in The Bahamas." The College of The Bahamas, Nassau, Bahamas.

2012. "Statelessness: a matter of human rights." Slippery Citizenship workshop, Wilfred Laurier University; Ontario, Canada.

Advocacy

2007. Address on statelessness to the Maitland chapter of the Lion’s Club; Maitland, FL.

2005. Address on statelessness and the role of the United Nations for Young Professionals for International Cooperation, Orlando, FL.