Dr. Graeber joined the department in 2016 after completing his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University’s Elliott School. Before beginning his doctoral work, he spent several years in Washington, DC working in a large international law firm and for non-governmental organizations in the fields of international development, democracy promotion, and peacebuilding. He also spent a year completing a Robert Bosch Foundation fellowship in Berlin, Germany, during which time he worked for the German Foreign Ministry and the Heinrich Böll Foundation, a prominent German think tank.
Professor Graeber’s scholarship focuses broadly on the politics of immigration and citizenship in Europe and the relationship between citizenship acquisition and immigrant integration in European societies. In support of this research agenda he has logged countless miles of train travel crisscrossing Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands in order to conduct interviews with politicians, local officials, and immigrants. He also examines questions of American national identity, patriotism/nationalism, and political attitudes toward immigrants. His published and forthcoming scholarship includes articles in the British Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and the Journal of Contemporary European Studies, among others, as well as a chapter with Routledge’s Foundations in Global Studies book series. Dr. Graeber has a diverse range of teaching interests and experience, including European politics, comparative politics, international relations, research methods, and immigration and citizenship politics.
Outside the classroom, Dr. Graeber enjoys spending time with his family, camping, antiquing, collecting vinyl records, and finding new places to fulfill his love of all things wrapped in a tortilla.