Barry N. Stein

Professor Emeritus

Barry N. Stein is a Professor of Political Science at Michigan State University. He is also on the faculty of the Center for Integrative Studies Social Science.

Professor Stein joined the faculty in 1968. He teaches courses on American Foreign Policy, International Organization and Cooperation, War and Revolution, and, Global Diversity and Interdependence. Since 1975 he has taught a course on “Refugees, Displaced Persons, Exiles,” which is the oldest such course in the world.

Stein’s research centers on issues of forced migration, refugees, and humanitarian assistance during conflict. In the early 1980s, he was instrumental in the establishment of and served as a Senior Associate at the Refugee Policy Group in Washington, D.C.

From 1985 to 1995 Stein collaborated with the late Frederick Cuny of INTERTECT on the International Study of Spontaneous Voluntary Repatriation. Supported by two Ford Foundation grants they commissioned case studies on refugee-induced repatriation to Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Tigray, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, and Afghanistan. An International Symposium on ‘Refugee Repatriation During Conflict: A New Conventional Wisdom’ was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in October 1992.

Recently, Professor Stein has been a consultant to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on “Returnee Aid and Development” and to the United States Agency for International Development on “Post-Emergency Assistance.” He worked with the International Migration Review on an international conference and special issue of the review on the 50th anniversary of UNHCR.

He served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Roundtable on the Demography of Forced Migration.

His publications include co-editing a special issue of the International Migration Review on “Refugees Today”; reports to the Agency for International Development on Refugees and Economic Activities in Africa and Older Refugee Settlements in Africa (with Lance Clark); “Refugee Resettlement Programs and Techniques,” a report for the Select Commission on Immigration and Refugee Policy; “Durable Solutions for Developing Country Refugees” in the International Migration Review; and, “The Experience of Being a Refugee: Insights from the Research Literature,” in Refugee Mental Health in Resettlement Countries.

Publications from the Repatriation Study include: “Repatriation Under Conflict;” “Ad Hoc Assistance to Return Movements and LongTerm Development Programmes;” “Prospects for and Promotion of Spontaneous Voluntary Repatriation;” “Refugee Repatriation During Conflict: Protection and Post-Return Assistance;” and three edited volumes of reports and case studies–Repatriation Under Conflict in Central America; Repatriation During Conflict in Africa and Asia; and Refugee Repatriation During Conflict: A New Conventional Wisdom