Stephanie Nawyn

Stephanie  J. Nawyn
  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Sociology
  • Ph.D. University of Southern California, 2006
  • 434B Berkey Hall
  • 509 E. Circle Drive
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • 517-353-7747
  • 517-353-5040


Stephanie Nawyn


Stephanie J. Nawyn is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University. Her research and teaching expertise are in migration, refugees, and gender. Nawyn was a Fulbright Fellow at the Women’s Research Center at Istanbul University from 2013-14 and was affiliated faculty with the Center for Forced Migration Studies at Northwestern University from 2011-2018. 

Nawyn has co-edited The Routledge International Handbook of Migration Studies (with Steven J. Gold) and Gender Through the Prism of Difference (with Maxine Baca Zinn, Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, and Michael Messner). Her most recent articles were published in Journal of Refugees Studies, Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies, Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, and Disaster and Emergency Medicine. Her current examines how humanitarian organizations are attempting to reduce COVID-19 infections in service provision to refugees in Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan.



Nawyn is leading a team of 24 people in the United States, Lebanon, Turkey, and Jordan to explore how refugee humanitarian interventions are impacted by COVID-19. The project uses an interdisciplinary approach that combines engineering and public health with social science principals to analyze cross-country comparative data from Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan. Examining practices around social distancing, mask wearing, hand washing/sanitizing, and implementation of other practices designed to mitigate the risk of infection, the investigators seek to recommended best practices that will reduce infection risk and slow the spread of SARS-CoV-2 during refugee humanitarian interventions.


2023          Elitok, Seçil Paçaci, and Stephanie J. Nawyn. The re-domestication of high-skilled immigrant women: modifying career ambitions post-migration. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 49(19):4946-4963. DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2023.2189075.
2023          Karaoglu, Ezgi, Stephanie J. Nawyn, Natalynn Qaji, Natalie Qaji, Ayat Nashwan, and Stephen Gasteyer. Refugee COVID-19 Protocol Adherence and NGO Staff Perceptions: Paternalism and Power in Humanitarian Assistance. Journal of International Humanitarian Action, 8(10):1-12. Available at:
2023          He, Linglang, Elizabeth Kreske, Stephanie Nawyn, Amber Pearson, Mark Axelrod, Yadu Pokhrel, Stephen Gasteyer, Sean Lawrie, Anthony D. Kendall. “Interventions addressing conflict in communities hosting climate-influenced migrants: Literature review. Environment and Security, online November 10, 2023.

2022    Nawyn, Stephanie J., Ezgi Karaoglu, Stephen Gasteyer, Rania Mansour, Ali Ghassani, and Sandra Marquart-Pyatt. “Resilience to nested crises: The effects of the Beirut explosion on COVID-19 safety protocol adherence during humanitarian assistance to refugees.” Disaster and Emergency Medicine, vol. 10. Available at

2019   Samari, Goleen, Miles McNall, KyungSook Lee, Harry Perlstadt, and Stephanie Nawyn. “Socioeconomic Status and the Physical and Mental Health of Arab and Chaldean Americans in Michigan.” Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 21(3):497-507.

2019   Nawyn, Stephanie J. and Julie Park. “Gendered segmented assimilation: Earnings trajectories of African immigrant women and men.” Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies, 42(2):216-234.

2019   Zinn, Maxine B., Hondagneu-Sotelo, Pierrette, Messner, Michael A., Nawyn, Stephanie J. (eds.) Gender Through the Prism of Difference, sixth edition. New York: Oxford University Press.

2019   Gold, Steven J. and Stephanie J. Nawyn (eds.). The Routledge International Handbook of Migration Studies, 2nd edition. London: Routledge Press.2019   Nawyn, Stephanie J. “Refugees in the United States and the Politics of Crisis.” In C. Menjivar, M. Ruiz, and I. Ness (eds.) The Handbook of Migration Crises. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


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Blog: “Making a Place to Call Home: Seeking a More Inclusive World for International Migrants

“Minimizing COVID-19 Spread in Refugee Humanitarian Interventions”