Brett S. Heindl is an assistant professor of Political Science at Virginia Wesleyan College and is coordinator of its International Studies Program. Before coming to VWC, he held visiting positions at Brown University and Bucknell University. He received his BA in anthropology from Ithaca College, and his MA and PhD in political science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
His dissertation research examined transnational political activism among Cuban, Irish, and Jewish communities in the United States. The project focused on ethnic lobbying and transnational advocacy networks among moderate and radical factions in each community.
He also carried out field research on the role that civic and political institutions play in the political incorporation of recent immigrants in five cities: Lansing, MI, Spokane, WA, Waco, TX, Chico, CA, and Fort Collins, CO.
In addition to revising his dissertation for publication, he has recently begun a new project explores a series of gaps and contradictions within the international human rights regime as exposed by mass immigration. This project depicts immigration as the leading edge of a wave of social integration currently engulfing many parts of the world. He plans to include the dilemmas of religious freedom, undocumented immigration, counter terrorism and surveillance, and asylum and refugee policies.
Main Areas of Interest: Foreign policy, migration, human rights, global governance, and social movements.