Niklaus Steiner

Director, UNC Center for Global Initiatives

Niklaus Steiner is the director of the UNC Center for Global Initiatives. He is a native of Thun, Switzerland, who moved to Chapel Hill with his family when his father became a professor at Carolina. He’s had the good fortune of moving between cultures his whole life, so he is deeply committed to providing global opportunities to all Carolina students. Niklaus earned a bachelor’s degree with highest honors in international studies at UNC-Chapel Hill and a PhD in political science at Northwestern University.

Because of his own movement across borders and cultures, his research and teaching interests are immigration, refugees, nationalism and citizenship. His textbook “International Migration and Citizenship Today” (Routledge, 2009) aims to facilitate classroom discussions on admission and membership in democracies.