Lindsey Kingston is an Associate Professor of International Human Rights in Webster University’s Department of History, Politics, International Relations, and Religious Studies. She directs the university’s Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies, which includes overseeing the undergr...
Lindsey Kingston is an Associate Professor of International Human Rights in Webster University’s Department of History, Politics, International Relations, and Religious Studies. She directs the university’s Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies, which includes overseeing the undergraduate human rights program and the research journal Righting Wrongs: A Journal of Human Rights. Kingston is a Fulbright Scholar (Università degli Studi di Milano) who edited Human Rights in Higher Education: Institutional, Classroom, and Community Approaches to Teaching Social Justice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) and Statelessness, Governance, and the Problem of Citizenship (Manchester University Press, 2021). She also authored the monograph Fully Human: Personhood, Citizenship, and Rights (Oxford University Press, 2019), which won the International Studies Association’s 2020 Human Rights Best Book Award.
Much of Kingston’s research centers on the intersection between legal nationality and human rights protection, including the concept of “functioning citizenship” (when a person enjoys an active and mutually-beneficial relationship with a government). She is a topical expert on the issue of statelessness – when an individual does not have legal nationality to any country – and her work has received special recognition from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Her research interests also include forced migration, Indigenous rights, transnational social movements, and human rights education (HRE). Her work has been published in International Journal of Refugee Law, The Journal of Human Rights, Human Rights Review, The Journal of Human Rights Practice, Forced Migration Review, BMC International Health and Human Rights, and several edited volumes.
Kingston earned her Ph.D. in Social Science at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, where she also earned an M.A. in Political Science. She holds an M.A. in Ethics and International Affairs from American University in Washington, D.C., as well as a B.S. in Journalism from Boston University.