J.C. Salyer

Assistant Professor of Practice, Anthropology and Human Rights

I am an anthropologist and a lawyer whose work focuses on law and society, immigration law, climate change, and social justice. I am also the staff attorney for the Arab-American Family Support Center, a community-based organization in Brooklyn, where I run the organization’s immigration clinic. I am a co-organizer of Pacific Climate Circuits, a three-year symposium at the Columbia University Center for the Study of Social Difference, which considers issues relating to climate change in the Pacific through the lens of the social sciences and humanities. My current research is on issues of migration, human rights, and sovereignty relating to the Australian government’s policy of placing asylum seekers in a detention center on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea.


411 Milbank  

Office Hours: 

Mondays 1:00-2:00
and by appointment


Ph.D. and M.Phil., The Graduate Center, City University of New York
J.D., Georgia State University, College of Law
B.A., University of Georgia

In the News

In honor of Immigrant Heritage Month (June) and World Refugee Day (June 20), the College asked alumnae and faculty to reflect on the importance of celebrating immigrants and refugees and to share how Barnard community members, personally and professionally, remain committed to people with these identities.

Each spring, Barnard College presents selected faculty with awards to honor their commitment to exceptional teaching and research.

J.C. Salyer, assistant professor of practice, anthropology, and human rights, was honored on April 4, 2019, by the Arab-American Family Support Center (AAFSC) and the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams.

This spring, Barnard faculty members and the College's various departments and programs were awarded major research grants that support a diversity of interests, enabling them to conduct new or continuing research, or to collaborate with other institutions. 

If you think faculty care only about academics, read on. Their (many) other talents may surprise you.

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