prof. Elżbieta M. Goździak

Researcher, Center for Migration Studies

Room: 2.34
Phone: 61 829 1386

Office hours:


Migration studies: forced migration and political refugees, immigrant integration in North America and Europe, child and adolescent migrants, contested childhoods, Polish migration within Europe, migration of healthcare and social care workers, human trafficking;

Medical anthropology: refugee and migrant mental health, medicalization of human suffering, health disparities, refugees and migrants’ access to health care;

Methodological approaches: participatory action research, ethnographic interviews, focus groups, mobile and multi-sited ethnography, research ethics;

Applied anthropology: evaluation of migration policy and programs, monitoring and evaluation of programs for survivors of human trafficking;


Children and Forced Migration: Durable Solutions during Transient Years. Palgrave. 2017. (Editor, with Marisa O. Ensor)

Contested Childhoods: Growing Up in Migrancy. Springer Publishing. 2016. (Editor, with Marie Louise Seeberg)

Trafficked Children and Youth in the United States: Reimagining Survivors. Rutgers University Press. 2016.

Special issues

Polish Migration after the Fall of the Iron Curtain. Special issue of International Migration. 2015. Volume 52 Number 1 (Editor)

Book chapters

Of Will or Force? Contesting Assumptions about Child Trafficking. In Marie Louise Seeberg and Elzbieta M. Gozdziak (eds.) Contested Childhoods: Growing Up in Migrancy. New York: Springer Publishing. 2016.

Data Matters: Issues and Challenges for Research on Trafficking. In Molly Dragiewicz (ed.) Global Human Trafficking. Critical Issues and Contexts. London and New York: Routledge 2015.

Dreams Deferred: The Effects of Undocumented Status on Latino Youths’ Education and Livelihoods. In Lois Lorentzen (Ed.) Hidden Lives and Human Rights in the United States: Understanding the Controversies and Tragedies of Undocumented Immigration. ABC-CLIO 2014.

Empirical Vacuum: In Search of Research on Human Trafficking. In Rosemary Gartner and William McCarthy (eds.), The Oxford Handbook on Sex, Gender, and Crime. Oxford University Press: 2014.

Global Trends, Local Outcomes: Globalization and the Foreign-Born Temporary Labor Force in the Shenandoah Valley Apple Industry. In David Griffith (Mis)managing Migration Guestworkers’ Experiences with North American Labor Markets. SAR Press: 2014 (with Micah N. Bump and B. Lindsay Lowell)

Peer reviewed journal articles

Theorizing Polish migration across Europe: Perspectives, concepts, and methodologies. 2016. Sprawy Narodowościowe. Seria nowa (Nationalities Affiars. New Series). 48: 106–127 (with Marek Pawlak).

Sukces czy porażka? O Polakach powracających “z życia na ulicy” w Wielkiej Brytanii. 2016. Studia migracyjne 2(60): 97-118 (with Izabela Czerniejewska)

Biała emigracja: Variegated Mobility of Polish Care Workers. 2016. Social Identities 22(1): 26-43.

To Dream or Not to Dream. The Effects of Immigration Status, Discrimination, and Parental Influence on Latino Children’s Access to Education. Migration Studies 2(3): 392-414 November 2014

Aiding defeated migrants.” International Migration 52(1): 87-99. January 2014 (with Izabela Czerniejewska)

Misconceptions about human trafficking in a time of crisis. Forced Migration Review 45: 58-59. February 20014 (with Alissa Walter).

Empirical Vacuum: In Search of Research on Human Trafficking.” In Rosemary Gartner and William McCarthy (eds.), The Oxford Handbook on Sex, Gender, and Crime, Oxford University Press 2014.

Migration for welfare: nurses within three regimes of immigration and integration into the Norwegian welfare state. January 1, 2016-December 31, 2019. Funder: Research Council of Norway.

Mobile Lives, Immobile Realms? Female Mobility Between Poland and Norway. October 1, 2015-September 30, 2018. Funder: Polish National Science Foundation.

Trafficking Survivors Return Home: An Exploratory Study. September 1, 2014-January 31, 2016. Funder: National Science Foundation. (Primary Investigator).

Facilitating Local Integration of Central American Unaccompanied Children and Adolescents. June 1-December 31, 2014. Funder: J.M. Kaplan Fund. (primary Investigator)

Stop Girl Trafficking: Evaluation of an Anti-Trafficking Program in Nepal. May 1, 2013-December 31, 2013. Funder: Humanity United. (Primary Investigator).

After Rescue: Evaluation of Strategies to Stabilize and Integrate Adult Survivors of Human Trafficking into the United States. January1, 2013-December 31, 2014. Funder:  National Institute for Justice (NIJ), US Department of Justice. (Primary Investigator).

Urban refugees in Malaysia. June 2013-December 2014. Funder: Georgetown University. (primary Investigator).


2017                Fulbright Senior Specialist (Slovenia, December 2018)

2017                Faculty Fellow, Center for Social Justice, Georgetown University

2016                George Soros Visiting Chair, Central European University, Budapest

2015                MISOCO Scholar (Teaching scholarship in Bilbao May 2015)

2015                Fulbright Senior Specialist grant (Thailand and Indonesia)

2011/12            Doyle Faculty Fellow 2011-2012

2008                Fulbright four-months research grant; Poland;

2006                Fulbright Senior Specialist grant in Anthropology; Poland;

2006                Fellow, Bellagio Dialogue on Migration

2003                Special Recognition Award, Georgetown University

2000                US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service


Editor-in-Chief: International Migration (2004-2014)

Editorial Board: Central and Eastern European Migration Review; Lud; Przeglad Polonijny; Journal of Human Trafficking

Manuscript Reviewer:  Journal of Refugee Studies; Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Medical Anthropology Quarterly, International Criminal Justice Review, Contemporary Social Science, Criminology & Public Policy, Lud, Studia Teologiczne.

Research Grants Reviewer: National Science Foundation; Polish National Science Foundation.


Georgetown University Institutional Review Board (IRB)—Vice-Chair


International Association for the Study of Forced Migration (IASFM), Board Member

American Anthropological Association (AAA), Member

Committee on Refugees and Immigrants (CORI), Executive Committee Member

Society for Urban, National, and Transnational Anthropology (SUNTA), Past Secretary and Contributing Editor

Society for the Anthropology of North America (SANA), Member

Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA), Member

Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA), Fellow


We call them DREAMEers. Film made by the Georgetown University Students majoring in Film and Media, May 2018. link 

Interview at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary. Fall 2016 Link

Kalina Olejniczak in conversation with Elżbieta M. Goździak i Izabella Main on the conference on Rethinking Forced Migration, Radio Merkury, 10.07.2016