The gift will be used to transform the Zolberg Institute into a global center for academic research, policy debate, and discussions related to global migration and mobility, the economic impact of migration flows, and their political consequences. It also will fund a professorship focused on educating the next generation of leaders in migration research. Under the direction of Alexandra Délano, assistant professor of global studies at the New School's Eugene Lang College, and Miriam Ticktin, associate professor of anthropology at the New School for Social Research (NSSR), the institute will challenge categories and terminology that paint migrants as a threat to identity and security or as victims without agency.
"This important gift comes just as the world is reaching a critical juncture in terms of humans moving across borders and around the world," said NSSR dean Will Milberg. "Human mobility is now the baseline, and the Zolberg Institute will become the preeminent space for leading academics and policymakers to reframe the discussion of migration and the impact it has on human rights, as well as the economic effect on emerging markets and market demand."