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Global Migration Project

The Global Migration Project offers reporting opportunities on gender and migration, focusing on U.S. immigration law, border politics, international refugee policy and more. The project is under the direction of Sarah Stillman, a staff writer for the New Yorker and a MacArthur Fellow. Teams of postgraduate fellows have reported on immigration and refugee issues in Europe, the Middle East, Central America and the United States.

The project is funded by the Endeavor Foundation and has a non-exclusive publishing partnership with Slate.

Project Director Sarah Stillman

Sarah Stillman is a 2016 MacArthur Fellow and staff writer for The New Yorker. Her recent work has received the National Magazine Award, the Michael Kelly Award for the “fearless pursuit and expression of truth,” the Overseas Press Club’s Joe & Laurie Dine Award for International Human Rights Reporting, and the Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism.

Her coverage of America’s wars overseas and the challenges facing soldiers at home has appeared in The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Nation, The New,, and The She taught a seminar on the Iraq war at Yale, and also ran a creative writing workshop for four years at Cheshire Correctional Institute, a maximum-security men’s prison in Connecticut. She is currently reporting on immigration and criminal justice issues.

Cristina Baussan, '19 M.S.

Cristina Baussan is a documentary photographer and writer based in Mexico City. Drawing on her French, Haitian, Salvadoran and American heritage, her work explores themes of identity and belonging with a focus on environmental issues, immigration and youth culture. Upon graduating from Syracuse University in 2015, she moved to Haiti where she co-founded a multimedia cooperative and collaborated with local NGOs to document their social projects. Her work has appeared in Public Radio International, Univision, PROOF National Geographic, American Photo and UNICEF. In 2017, she was nominated for World Press Photo’s Joop Swart Masterclass and was selected as a fellow of the International Women’s Media Foundation the following year. She is currently in Mexico City, working as the visual summer intern for the Associated Press.

Letícia Duarte, '19 M.A. Politics

Letícia Duarte is a Brazilian journalist based in New York. She is a recipient of the 2019 Overseas Press Club Foundation Scholars Award/Harper's Magazine Scholarship. She has a fellowship with the GroundTruthProject, focusing on the connections between the rise of populism in Brazil and the US.

In more than ten years working for Zero Hora, the main newspaper in southern Brazil, she produced a range of significant stories on social issues, including coverages from Gaza Strip and Mozambique. One of her awarded pieces was the multimedia A Refugee Story, in 2015, when she accompanied a Syrian family from Greece to Germany, chronicling their journey to escape civil war through eight countries in seven days. With her body of work, she placed 24th on the 2015 list of the 200 most-acknowledged journalists in Brazil’s history, published by Jornalistas & Cia.

Ottavia Spaggiari, ’19 M.A. Politics

Ottavia Spaggiari is an Italian journalist based in New York. She spent the last few years working for Vita, the Italian leading news website and magazine focusing on social issues, where she covered a wide range of topics, including development aid, environmental issues and migration. She has reported on the refugee crisis in Italy, Greece, the Mediterranean and sub-Saharan Africa. Ottavia is moving back to New York from London where she spent some time working on CNN’s flagship programs Amanpour and Hala Gorani Tonight.

Recent Stories

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Teen Vogue - "These Female Reporters Bring News to the World's Largest Syrian Refugee Camp"

Applying to the Fellowship

The Global Migration Project postgraduate fellowship is an exclusive opportunity open only to recent M.A. and M.S. graduates of the Columbia Journalism School. Those interested in applying should contact Career Services for application instructions and deadlines.