Lawrence Huang

Lawrence Huang

Intern for the International Organization for Migration in the UN

Currently based in: Sydney, Australia

MSc Migration Studies (2019)

Talk to me about: International organisations, Migration policy, Development policy, Racial justice, Activism, Working across time zones

Lawrence completed the MSc in Migration Studies in 2020, where he was the Healy Scholar at St Cross. He is currently an intern at the International Organisation for Migration, in the Migration and Sustainable Development Unit. He works with partner countries to mainstream migration into development policy, in the sectors of employment, health, education, and social security.


His work builds on his MSc research, on the racial dynamics of the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, which he has since presented at the Nordic Migration Research conference. He is currently an editor at the Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration, and while at Oxford he co-chaired the annual Oxford Migration Studies Society conference.


Before Oxford, Lawrence completed his BA in Government with Honors at Georgetown University, in Washington DC. He specialised in political theory, with an award-winning thesis on Hannah Arendt’s concept of citizenship. While at Georgetown, he was involved in local migrant activism and electoral campaigning, from local elections in DC and statehouse elections in Virginia, to federal advocacy and lobbying. He also interned at the Hudson Institute think tank, working on American public policy and the history of American political thought.

Advice to St Cross students: Take advantage of the first few months at Oxford to do your travelling. Exams, research, fieldwork, and in my case Covid hitting, will inevitably take up more time than you expect once your degree really gets going.​​​​


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