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This volume reflects impor tant collaborations beyond those of the coeditors,
Benjamin Lawrance and Jacqueline Stevens, who first conceived of the proj-
ect at a dinner party in Berkeley, California, in 2009. Comparing experiences
outside academia, Lawrance as an expert witness and Stevens as an investigative
journalist, they noted similarities in their encounters with people struggling
to prove their identity and citizenship. Conversations with Dan Kanstroom,
Rachel Rosenbloom, and Rogers Smith, all of whom have expertise at diff er ent
edges of the overlap between citizenship law and theory, ultimately led to the
five of us convening a symposium.
The chapters in this volume came out of “Citizenship- in-Question: Eviden-
tiary Challenges to Jus Soli and Autochthony from Authenticité to ‘Birther-
ism,’ an event hosted by Dan Kanstroom at Boston College Law School
and the Boston College Center for Human Rights and International Justice in
April 2012. The symposium and publication of this volume were made pos si ble
with generous support from the Conable Endowment in International Studies,
the Program in International and Global Studies, and the Department of Sociol-
ogy and Anthropology, in the College of Liberal Arts, at the Rochester Institute
of Technology (rit); the Boston College Center for Human Rights and Inter-
national Justice, of Boston College Law School; the University of Pennsylvania
Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism; and Northeastern
Law School.
We would like to thank many individuals who were involved at vari ous stages
in the collaborative pro cess leading to the publication of this book, including
(alphabetically), Peter Agree, Aaron Belkin, Rebecca Biron, Israel Brown, Barbara
Buckinx, Charlie Bush, Jennifer Chacón, Elizabeth Cohen, Dalton Conley, Bev-
erly Crawford, Roberto Dominguez, Alexandra Filindra, Mark Fleming, Jeremy
Haefner, Jacqueline Hagan, David Hollenbach, Ann Howard, Dan Kowalski,
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