Leila Kawar is the author of Contesting Immigration Policy in Court: Legal Activism and Its Radiating Effects in the United States and France. Kawar is Assistant Professor in the Legal Studies Program of the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research, which has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Council for European Studies, focuses on the intersection of legal activity with migration and citizenship. She is active in the Law and Society Association, where she served for four years as coordinator for the Citizenship and Immigration Collaborative Research Network. She is a cofounder of the Migration and Citizenship Section of the American Political Science Association.