Erin B. Corcoran – Keough School


United States immigration law and policy; refugee law and asylum law; the protection of vulnerable migrant populations; and human trafficking

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Erin Corcoran is an associate professor at the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame and acting director of the Keough School’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies for the 2022-23 academic year.



Corcoran’s work focuses on immigration and refugee law, human rights law and other complex legal topics at the national and local levels. Prior to joining the Kroc Institute, Corcoran advised Kids in Need of Defense and the Vera Institute of Justice. As a professor of law at the University of New Hampshire School of Law, she conducted research on the protection of vulnerable non-citizens, including developing best practices for adjudicating applications from unaccompanied children asking international protection.

Previously, she was a resettlement consultant for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Lusaka, Zambia, an attorney for Human Rights First in Washington, DC, and legal counsel to former Senator Barbara A. Mikulski of Maryland.

Corcoran’s administrative experience includes a one-year term as the first executive director of the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy and four years as director of the Social Justice Institute, both at the University of New Hampshire. She also served for two years as a professional staff member of the Appropriations Subcommittee of the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Justice, and Science-Related Agencies.

Corcoran holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC, and a BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Montana State University in Bozeman.

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