Kingsborough Community College, CUNY
Primo Levi Fellowship

Research Topic

Inventing the Refugee: United States Activists and Refugee Policy, 1945–1965


Libby Garland teaches history at Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New York, as well as at the City University of New York Graduate Center. Her current research looks at critical refugee studies, US immigration history, and American Jewish history.

Garland received her PhD from the University of Michigan. Her first book won both the American Jewish Historical Society’s Saul Viener Book Prize and the American Historical Association’s Dorothy Rosenberg Prize.

Selected publications

  • After They Closed the Gates: Jewish Illegal Immigration to the United States, 19211965 (University of Chicago Press, 2014)



Delving into some of the most pressing debates within US history and Jewish history, and examining vital questions shaping Jewish cultural studies, literary theory, and social scientific inquiry