Dr. Raphi Rechitsky

College of Letters and Sciences
Social Sciences

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College of Letters and Sciences

Raphi Rechitsky serves as the Director for the BA Global Studies Program and teaches courses in Sociology and Global Studies. Dr. Rechitsky holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Minnesota (2014). Before joining National University, he was an Assistant Professor at the European University in Saint Petersburg.


Dr. Rechitsky’s research looks to understand the relationship between international migration processes, policies, and experiences. He has conducted field research on forced migration and cross-border organizing in Ukraine, on immigrant integration in Minnesota, and on elites in Russian and Ukrainian news media. His upcoming book investigates the drivers of forced migration in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe in transnational perspective. His work has appeared in publications in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Ukraine, and Russia, and has received support from the U.S. Fulbright program.


Professor Rechitsky teaches courses in power and social change, world migration, contemporary social theory, cultural diversity, social movements, and introductory courses to sociology and global studies. His teaching philosophy comes from an earnest belief in the transformative potential of education. He works with students to create a learning environment built on the principles of critical pedagogy, active learning, and writing evaluation.

Recent Publications

2016. “Global Refugee Mobility and Extraterritorial Controls: The Case of EU Policy in Ukraine.” forthcoming in the International Journal of Sociology 46(3).

2015. “Networks, Place, and Barriers to Cross-Border Organizing: ‘No Border’ Camping in Transcarpathia, Ukraine,” with Renata Blumberg in Border Politics: Social Movements, Collective Identities, and Globalization, in Naples and Bickham Mendez (Eds.), New York University Press.

2014. “Trust Networks, Human Security, and the Determinants of Refugee Onward Mobility.” Journal of Social Policy Studies 12(4): 599-612.

2012. “Rethinking Social Exclusion and Belonging in Global Perspective: The Case of Transnational Migrants in Ukraine.” Political Perspectives special issue on Migration and Belonging 4(2).

Recent Book Reviews

2016. “Building Fortress Europe: The Polish-Ukrainian Frontier, by Karolina S. Follis.” East/West: A Journal of Ukrainian Studies 3(1).

In Progress

Trapped in Transit: Forced Migration and the Making of Refuge at Europe’s Eastern Borders in Ukraine, book manuscript.

“Media Ownership and Diverging Representations of Oligarchs Before and After Ukraine’s Maidan Revolution” with Hannah Soderbaum and Maxim Alyukov.

“People, Ties, and Borders on the Move in Eurasia and Latin America: A Review of Recent Books in Transnational Migration Studies.” with Lillia Zemnyukova and Sergey Abashin.