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Catherine L. Crooke

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Catherine Crooke (she/they) is a sociology PhD student at UCLA and an advocate for refugees and asylum seekers. Catherine's research interests include the sociology of refugee law and the construction of refugeehood as a legal status, a political concept, and a social category. Catherine's current research uses ethnography to study asylum lawyering in Los Angeles, examining how immigration attorneys adapt their work to navigate exclusionary policies of migration control.

Before pursuing her PhD, Catherine worked at the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) and with various organizations supporting displaced people in Lebanon, Jordan, the Caribbean, and the United States. Catherine holds a JD from Yale Law School and an MSc in Refugee & Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford. 

Fields of Study

Law & Society, Sociology of Law, Refugee & Asylum Law, International Migration, Forced Migration, Ethnography, Qualitative Methods

Grants and Awards

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, 2021–2024

UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations Alice Belkin Memorial Scholarship, 2021–2022

UCLA Graduate Research Mentorship Program Award, 2021–2022

UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Program Award, 2021

Law & Social Inquiry Graduate Student Paper Competition Winner, 2021

American Sociological Association (ASA) Student Forum Paper Award, 2021

Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) Doctoral Paper Award, 2021

UCLA Graduate Research Mentorship Program Award, 2020–2021

UCLA Center for the Study of International Migration Research Stipend, 2020 

UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Program Award, 2020

Alternate & Honorable Mention, Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, 2020 

Yale Law School Benjamin Scharps Prize (best paper by a third-year law student), 2019 

Yale MacMillan Center Program on Refugees, Forced Displacement, and Humanitarian Responses Summer Fellowship, 2018

Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute Fellowship, 2011


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M.A., Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2021

J.D., Yale Law School, 2019 

M.Sc., Refugee & Forced Migration Studies, University of Oxford, 2014 

B.A., Comparative Literature & Society, Columbia University, 2012