RSF Call for Articles: The Deportation System and Its Aftermath

By PAA Web posted 04-25-2023 10:09



RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences


The Deportation System and Its Aftermath

University of California, Davis

University of California, Davis

The United States experienced massive growth in immigration law enforcement over the past several decades, resulting in record numbers of apprehensions, detentions, and removals. This mass, forced expulsion has extensively impacted individual, household, and community wellbeing, both in the U.S. and in countries of origin. A robust and multidisciplinary corpus of research documents the causes and effects of the deportation system, including a growing area of study examining the experiences of immigrants and their families after deportation has occurred.

This proposed special issue of RSF aims to publish new scholarship that will speak to contemporary debates about immigration policy by enhancing our knowledge of the effects of, and responses to, the deportation system. Deportation is often framed as a singular event that happens to individuals. This issue conceptualizes deportation in broad terms, as a system that encompasses pre-migration, within-U.S., and post-deportation outcomes in countries of origin. Regarding pre-migration outcomes, for some immigrants, the potential for deportation starts even before an immigrants' journey to the destination country, depending on their access to paths to legal entry. Within-US refers to the experiences of migrants and their families and communities in the context of immigration laws, policies, and enforcement patterns of the expelling country. Post-deportation outcomes may encompass the experiences of deported people, of de facto deportees who are not the directly expelled but leave with the deported person, as well as social, economic, and political responses to deportation and deported peoples. The overarching objective for the issue is to publish outstanding new studies that further the theorization and documentation of the direct and indirect impacts of the deportation system and its aftermath.

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Anticipated Timeline

Prospective contributors should submit a CV and an abstract (up to two pages in length, single or double spaced) of their study along with up to two pages of supporting material (e.g., tables, figures, pictures, etc.) no later than 5 PM EST on July 15, 2023 to:

NOTE that if you wish to submit an abstract and do not yet have an account with us, it can take up to 48 hours to get credentials, so please start your application at least two days before the deadline. All submissions must be original work that has not been previously published in part or in full. Only abstracts submitted to will be considered. Each paper will receive a $1,000 honorarium when the issue is published. All questions regarding this issue should be directed to Suzanne Nichols, Director of Publications, at and not to the email addresses of the editors of the issue.

A conference will take place at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City on May 31, 2024. The selected contributors will gather for a one-day workshop to present draft papers (due a month prior to the conference on 4/31/24) and receive feedback from the other contributors and editors. Travel costs, food, and lodging for one author per paper will be covered by the foundation. Papers will be circulated before the conference. After the conference, the authors will submit their revised drafts by 9/4/24. The papers will then be sent out to three additional scholars for formal peer review. Having received feedback from reviewers and the RSF board, authors will revise their papers by 4/21/25. The full and final issue will be published in the fall of 2025. Papers will be published open access on the RSF website as well as in several digital repositories, including JSTOR and UPCC/Muse.

Please click here for a full description of the topics covered in this call for papers.

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