Nishin Nathwani

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Recent Ph.D. Graduate


Nishin Nathwani is a recent graduate from the Ph.D. program in Political Science at Yale University. His academic interests lie at the intersection of forced displacement, gender, and critical theory. Prior to Yale, Nishin worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Switzerland, Lebanon, and Greece on sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) prevention and response and the protection of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) asylum-seekers and refugees. He currently serves as Head of Strategy to Rainbow Railroad, a global NGO that provides direct assistance to LGBTI individuals worldwide to escape violence and persecution.



  • Ph.D., Political Science, Yale University, 2024
  • M.Phil., Political Science, Yale University, 2019
  • M.A., History, Yale University, 2019
  • Graduate Certificate, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Yale University, 2020
  • A.B., Social Studies, Harvard University, 2015


  • Nishin Nathwani (2024, forthcoming). “The Materiality of Territory,” Lawless Zones, Rightless Subjects: Migration, Asylum and Shifting Borders (Seyla Benhabib and Ayelet Shachar, eds.). Cambridge University Press.
  • Nishin Nathwani (with Adriana Espinosa, Kathryn Hampton, Kimahli Powell, Monique Sereneo, and Curtis Wackett) (2024, forthcoming). “Extrajudicial Border Enforcement Against LGBTIQ+ Asylum Seekers,” Journal of Refugee Studies, Oxford University Press.
  • Nishin Nathwani (with Stefan Eich, Anna Jurkevics, and Nica Siegel, eds.) (2023). Another Universalism: Seyla Benhabib and the Future of Critical Theory. Columbia University Press.
  • Seyla Benhabib and Nishin Nathwani (2021). “The Ethics of International Refugee Protection,” The Oxford Handbook of International Refugee Law (Cathryn Costello, Michelle Foster, and Jane McAdam, eds.). Oxford University Press.
  • Nishin Nathwani (2019). “Laws, Legal Frameworks, and the Displacement of LGBTI Persons.” Global Observatory, International Peace Institute.
  • Nishin Nathwani (2015). Protecting Persons with Diverse Sexual Orientations and Gender Identities: A Global Report on UNHCR’s Efforts to Protect Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Asylum-Seekers and RefugeesUNHCR.


  • Political theory
  • Comparative politics