Kerilyn Schewel is a sociologist and co-director of the Duke Program on Climate-Related Migration. Her research examines the root causes of human migration and immobility, with an emphasis on the themes of gender, youth, rural development, and climate change. Her work has been published in Social Forces, Population and Development Review, and International Migration Review, among others. Her book, Moved by Modernity: How Development Shapes Migration in Rural Ethiopia, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press.
At the Duke Center for International Development, Schewel teaches on migration policy and development and leads Rural Development and the Capability to Stay, a research project funded by the Social Science Research Council. She has also worked with the United States Agency for International Development, International Labour Organization, International Organization for Migration, and the Joint Research Center of the European Commission on policy-oriented publications and dialogue. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Amsterdam and an MSc in Migration Studies from Oxford University. She previously held visiting researcher positions at Addis Ababa University and Princeton University.