Saskia Bonjour is associate professor in political science. She teaches mostly in the field of gender & politics and intersectionality. Her research focuses on the politics of migration and citizenship in the Netherlands and in Europe. She is especially interested in family migration, civic integration, gender and migration, and Europeanisation.
Through her study of the politics and policies of migration and citizenship, Saskia Bonjour explores how political actors define identities and communities, that is how they distinguish between ‘us’ and ‘them’. Her research is about how these actors define criteria of membership as well as the rights and resources which flow from different degrees of membership and deservingness, and thus what it means to belong. A crucial line of inquiry in her work is the relation between the politics of intimacy and the politics of belonging, i.e. the way in which gender and family norms shape the politics of migration and citizenship.Other aspects of migration politics that she has published about include the impact of law and courts, Europeanisation, party politics, and the impact of news media on policymaking. Saskia Bonjour's research approach is comparative and interdisciplinary, drawing not only from political science but also from history, law, and sociology.
In 2019, the Dutch Research Council (NWO) awarded Saskia Bonjour a VIDI grant for a five year research project entitled "Strange(r) Families. Political Contestation over Family Migration Rights for Non-Normative Families". The Strange(r) Families project revolves around the question: which families belong in Europe? The right to family migration is highly contested for families which deviate from the norm, such as same-sex or polygamous families. This project analyses how migration law and politics deal with different kinds of families asking to be allowed to live together in Europe.
Recent publications include the Routledge Handbook of the Politics of Migration in Europe, co-edited with Agnieszka Weinar and Lyubov Zhyznomirska, as well as a special issue on Migration and Social Class, co-edited with Sébastien Chauvin and published in International Migration.
Saskia Bonjour teaches the courses 'Introduction to Gender & Sexuality', 'The Politics of Gender and Race in (Post) Colonial History' and 'Intersectionality and the Politics of Difference'.
She is coordinator of the Minor Gender and Sexuality.
Saskia Bonjour is a member of the Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).
She leads the Migration Network of the Amsterdam Centre for European Studies (ACES). She is also board member of the Dutch Association for Migration Research (DAMR) and a member of the board of the Amsterdam Research Center on Gender and Sexuality (ARC-GS). In addition, she is Associate Editor of the journal Political Studies. From 2016 to 2019, she was a member of the Advisory Committee on Migration Affairs (ACVZ) which advises the Dutch government and parliament on immigration law and policy.
Saskia Bonjour regularly contributes to national public discussions about migration and citizenship policy (e.g. Buitenhof in 2013, op-ed in De Volkskrant in 2018, BNR Nieuwsradio in 2018) She also writes online blogs (for instance on StukRoodVlees).
Saskia Bonjour defended her PhD thesis at Maastricht University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in 2009. From September 2008 until May 2009, she was employed as a researcher officer by the International Center for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) in Vienna. She then moved to Brussels, where she worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Group for research on Ethnic Relations, Migration and Equality (GERME) at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. From March 2012 until August 2014, she worked at the Leiden University Institute for History as a postdoctoral research fellow.