Faculty Profile

Kristine Mitchell

(she/her/hers)Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies (2006)

Contact Information


Denny Hall Room 20


Kristine Mitchell's teaching and research interests include European politics, with a particular focus on migration to, and within, Europe; the European Union; political identities; and labor politics. She has conducted field research across Western Europe and has enjoyed research affiliations with numerous French, British, and American universities.


  • B.A., Oberlin College, 1997
  • M.A., Princeton University, 2003
  • Ph.D., 2006

2023-2024 Academic Year

Fall 2023

FYSM 100 First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to Dickinson as a "community of inquiry" by developing habits of mind essential to liberal learning. Through the study of a compelling issue or broad topic chosen by their faculty member, students will: - Critically analyze information and ideas - Examine issues from multiple perspectives - Discuss, debate and defend ideas, including one's own views, with clarity and reason - Develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information, and - Create clear academic writing The small group seminar format of this course promotes discussion and interaction among students and their professor. In addition, the professor serves as students' initial academic advisor. This course does not duplicate in content any other course in the curriculum and may not be used to fulfill any other graduation requirement.

INST 401 Intl Migration Hist Context
Sometimes international (im)migration is depicted as a novel feature of our 'globalized' era, an unprecedented feature of contemporary life. In fact, the movement and resettlement of people across borders and seas is a recurring dynamic of global history. This seminar therefore serves as a corrective to the historical amnesia that dominates much of contemporary discourse on all sides of the migration debates. Exploring a number of historical cases (drawn from around the world and from the past several hundred years), students will learn about a range of migration events-ranging from voluntary to coerced, exploitative to empowering. Our examination of dynamics of contemporary migration will be informed by this historical context. Moreover, we will explore links between migration and other global dynamics (i.e. imperialism, decolonization, nationalism, capitalism, democratization) and ways that past migration events continue, around the world, to shape politics and economics in the present day.

Spring 2024

INST 170 International Relations
Cross-listed with POSC 170-02.

POSC 170 International Relations
Cross-listed with INST 170-02.

INST 270 European Union
Cross-listed with POSC 270-01.

POSC 270 European Union
Cross-listed with INST 270-01.