Leslie Ader

Leslie Ader has a diverse interdisciplinary background. She completed a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, History & Pre-Law at Lebanon Valley College, her initial M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution at Arcadia University, and another Master’s degree in Nationalism Studies at Central European University. Leslie also has fieldwork experience in Eastern Europe and the Balkans, working on advocacy projects for asylum seekers and disabled children. She is currently working on her doctorate that examines the legal discourses and narratives surrounding welfare rights for “disabled migrants” in Switzerland.

Laura Affolter


Jenna Althoff

Jenna Althoff is a migration researcher with emphasis on structures and agency in migration governance, politico-institutional contexts of mobility regulation, and migration policy analysis. Her expertise also covers narratives and discourses on migration, evaluation of integration measures and concepts, analyses of mobility within and across labour markets, and knowledge transfer on migration topics. She has been working for various research institutes, think tanks and consultancies, and in different countries, for example Germany, Hungary, Belgium, Switzerland.

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Jasmine Andenmatten

Jasmine Andenmatten is currently working as a research and teaching assistant at the chair of Prof. Dr. Martina Caroni at the University of Lucerne. Since August 2020, she is part of AsyLex. Before that, she has done an internship at the Immigration Office in Basel-Stadt and at the UNHCR Office for Switzerland and Liechtenstein and worked for the Immigration Office in Lucerne. Her PhD thesis deals with the right to health in the asylum procedure.

Daniel Auer


Marco Bitschnau


Clara Bombach

Clara Bombach, MA Social and Cultural Anthropology, is a research associate at the Marie Meierhofer Institute for the Child in Zurich (MMI) ( In her qualitative research projects, she focuses on the life courses of people who were cared for as infants or children in foster families or residential care. In her dissertation at the University of Zurich (Educational Science) she is working on an ethnography on the everyday life of children and their families in asylum camps in Switzerland. She is a lecturer at the Department of Ethnology at the University of Lucerne. She is a board member of FICE Switzerland ( and a member of the interest group Quality4Children (

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Lisa Marie Borrelli


Aliénor Bossard


Andreas Cassee


Oleksii Chebotarov


Myriam Conijn


Nula Frei

Dr. iur. Nula Frei works as a senior assistant at the Institute for European Law at the University of Fribourg. She was previously a research assistant at the Center for Migration Law and the Swiss Competence Centre for Human Rights at the University of Bern. She wrote her dissertation on the protection of human trafficking victims in asylum procedures. Additionally, she is the author of numerous publications on asylum and refugee law. She previously worked at the UNHCR office for Switzerland and Lichtenstein.

Mia Gandenberger

Mia Gandenberger is a PhD student at the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP) of the University of Lausanne. Her research interests include social and economic inequalities, social policy, and public opinion towards redistribution in welfare states in diverse societies. She holds a Master in Socioeconomics with Option Population Studies from the University of Geneva and a Bachelor’s degree in Political and Administrative Science from the University of Konstanz.

Roxane Gerber

Roxane Gerber is a PhD candidate and research assistant at the Institute of Demography and Socioeconomics of the University of Geneva. She is also part of the NCCR On the Move, in a project which aims at explaining and interpreting migration flows and stocks in Switzerland. She holds a Master's degree in Socioeconomics specialized in Population Studies (University of Geneva) and a Bachelor's degree in Economics (University of Fribourg). Her research interests focus on the interplay between migratory and family trajectories.

Teresia Gordzielik


Anne-Laurence Graf

Anne-Laurence Graf-Brugère is a senior researcher at the Swiss Centre of Expertise in Human Rights, thematic cluster migration. She is affiliated to the Universities of Neuchatel and Bern. Her recent researches focus on the prosecution of human trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation in Switzerland, the impact of the Istanbul Convention (gender-specific violence) on the Swiss asylum law and practice and the relevance of the Global Compact on Migration for Switzerland. She is also part of the team that was mandated by the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) to evaluate the legal protection and the decisions on asylum and return in the frame of the new accelerated asylum procedure.

Paula Hoffmeyer-Zlotnik

Paula Hoffmeyer-Zlotnik is a PhD student in political science at the University of Geneva. Her PhD research focusses on the interplay between migration and trade governance. She has studied political science and law in Münster and London and has previously worked as a Research Associate for the European Migration Network. Her research interests include EU politics, migration law and governance and the intersection between political science and legal studies.

Jyothi Kanics

Jyothi Kanics has an interdisciplinary background including degrees in Russian & East European Studies and Russian Language & Literature (UNC-Chapel Hill) as well as a Masters in International Human Rights Law (University of Oxford) and a Masters in International Relations (Yale University). She carried out research in Switzerland as a Doctoral Fellow at the Faculty of Law of the University of Lucerne within the NCCR-on the Move, supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Her PhD dissertation presents a model for a child-rights based regularisation mechanism, which would enable undocumented children to fulfil their right to be heard and to have their best interests considered in such decisions. She has worked and published extensively on the human rights protection of migrants in vulnerable situations.

David Kaufmann


Anne Kneer

After studying international relations in Geneva and law in Bern, Anne Kneer worked for more than six years at the Federal Administrative Court as a clerk in Division IV. In addition, she has published articles on topics such as credibility, appeal procedures and free administration of justice in asylum proceedings, and wrote her dissertation on "The asylum procedure as a special case - The specific characteristics of the asylum procedure as an explanation for deviations from the general administrative procedure" at the University of St.Gallen. Currently the head of the legal service of the Migration Office St. Gallen.

Anne-Cécile Leyvraz


Annika Lindberg


Philipp Lutz


Gabriela Medici


Christina Mitmasser

Christina Mittmasser is a PhD fellow at the Geography Institute of the University of Neuchâtel. She studied Sociology and European Ethnology at the Karl-Franzens University of Graz (Austria). With her master's thesis, she examined the question of statelessness as well as the multiplicity of meanings of the concept of citizenship. Her current research on “Migrant Entrepreneurship in Switzerland. Opportunities and Constraints within Transnational  Mobilities” is part of an nccr – on the move project on cross-border migrant entrepreneurship.

Jonathan Pärli


Luca Pfirter


Monika Plozza

Monika Plozza is board member of the SNyMS and currently working as a research associate to Prof. Dr. Martina Caroni, LL.M. (Yale) at the University of Lucerne. Monika holds a Bachelor and Master of Law. Prior to joining the team of Prof. Dr. Caroni, she completed an internship in the legal department of the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM).

Monika is writing her PhD thesis on “The Human Right to Science”.

Fields of research: migration law, human rights, constitutional law and public interntational law

Pia Radke


Laura Rezzonico


Tiphaine Robert


Damian Rosset


Laure Sandoz

Laure Sandoz currently works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Geography of the University of Neuchâtel. She is part of the NCCR On the Move, an interdisciplinary project financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation, which aims to enhance the understanding of contemporary migration patterns. Her research interests include the interplay between mobility and social change, the influence of private sector intermediaries on migration governance, and the transformation of labour relations. She is the author of a book on the mobilities of the “highly skilled” towards Switzerland (Springer, 2019) and she published several peer-reviewed journal articles on selective migration policies, privileged mobilities, and transnational entrepreneurship.

Stefan Schlegel


Mathis Schnell

Mathis Schnell a PhD-candidate at the Laboratoire d’études des processus sociaux (LAPS) of the University of Neuchâtel. In his dissertation, he is examining the institutional discourse around deservingness in the domain of asylum, notably claims based on the persecution due to gender identity and/or sexual orientation. Further, he is active as a teaching-assistant for quantitative methods on BA-level and associated with the NCCR - on the move.

Petra Sidler

Petra Sidler holds a MA in Political, Legal, and Economic Philosophy (PLEP) from the University of Berne and a BA in Social Sciences & Studies of Culture and Religion from the University of Fribourg. Since February 2019, she is a doctoral student at the NCCR – on the move working on the project Overcoming Inequalities with Education. The project is located at the School of Education at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) and its main focus is on migrant pupils’ resilience. In her dissertation, she examines attitudes towards reciprocal acculturation at school and how they are intertwined with resilience outcomes of migrant pupils like e.g. their school adjustment.

Research interests: reciprocal acculturation, cultural identity, school adjustment of pupils with a migrant background, “migrant background” as a statistical category, quantitative methods

Irina Sille


Robin Stünzi


Dominique Tran

Dominique Tran holds a Bachelor and Master of Law from the University of Fribourg. After her studies, she volunteered for the "Mentoring Integration Project" of Caritas Vaud. Since January 2018, she has been working as a PhD candidate and research assistant at the Center of Public Law at the University of Lausanne under the supervision of Prof. Véronique Boillet. Her PhD project has the aim of delimiting the notion of integration and defining its role in the current context of Swiss Migration law through a human rights perspective.

Field(s) of research: Nationality law, Migration law, Human Rights Law, Constitutional law

Matthieu Vétois

Matthieu Vétois holds a MSc in experimental psychology from the University of Geneva. Since March 2019, he has been working as a PhD candidate and research assistant at the Social Psychology Unit of the University of Geneva. He is also part of the NCCR On the Move, an interdisciplinary project financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation, which aims to enhance the understanding of contemporary phenomena related to migration and mobility. His doctoral thesis, jointly supervised by Prof. Juan-Manuel Falomir and Prof. Eva Green, investigates the interplay between social norms and news coverage of immigration on attitudes towards immigration.
Field of research: social and political psychology, affective science

Carole Viennet


Barbara von Rütte

Barbara von Rütte currently works as a Postdoc at the Institute for European Global Studies at the University of Basel. Prior to that she has been a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen (D). She has written her PhD on the recognition of citizenship as a human right at the University of Berne within the framework of the NCCR - on the move. She has published widely in the field of citizenship, statelessness and migration law and acted as a consultant for the Council of Europe on administrative detention of foreign nationals. Since 2020 she is a member of the Federal Commission on Migration (EKM).

Nesa Zimmermann


Eva Zschirnt


Jamie Lane

Personable and detail-oriented, Jamie Lane is beloved by both our donors and our program managers. We are so lucky to have such a wonderful Program Coordinator and person on our staff.

Drew Carlyle

With a keen belief in the power of charity and volunteer work, Drew Carlyle is committed to changing the world. There really couldn’t be a more dedicated Grant Manager, and we’re so happy to have Drew Carlyle as part of the Swiss Network of Young Migration Scholars team.

Ash Marcus

Ash Marcus has been a truly valued member of the Swiss Network of Young Migration Scholars family since 2000. Ash Marcus initiates, organizes, and promotes new programs for our staff, members, and volunteers.


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