Jean-Pierre Murray is a PhD candidate in Global Governance and Human Security at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He holds graduate degrees in International Studies, and International Cooperation from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Bordeaux (Sciences Po Bordeaux), and the University of the West Indies, Mona. He currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the International Relations program at the University of the West Indies, Mona. He is also an Associate Researcher with the Centro para la Observación Migratoria y el Desarrollo Social en el Caribe (OBMICA) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic where he has previously served as a Visiting Researcher.
Murray’s research interests include migration, critical security studies (securitization theory), global and regional governance, and Latin America and the Caribbean. His dissertation work explores the ways in which immigrants are framed as security threats (securitization) in South-South migration. This work focuses on discursive and non-discursive framings of immigrants as threats in the Dominican Republic and examines immigration and security policy outcomes.
He was awarded the Fred Hartmann Prize for the Best Graduate Student Paper by the International Studies Association in 2018 . He was also a awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue his doctoral studies in the United States (2016 – 2018). In 2018 he was awarded a Teaching Fellowship with the Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He has also tutored “Migration Governance – Theory and Instruments” as part of the “Migration Policy and Governance in Latin America and the Caribbean” course delivered jointly by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Murray is also a certified Mediator, and has a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution (Negotiation) from the University of Massachusetts Boston.