Metka Hercog

 Metka Hercog

Contact Information

LAS Global Studies
616 E. Green St., Suite 201
Champaign, IL 61820

Office Hours

  • By appointment
  • By appointment
Adjunct Lecturer


I split my time between working as a Lecturer of LAS Global Studies and as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology at the University of Basel in Switzerland. I specialize in labor migration and international development processes. For my PhD thesis from the University of Maastricht, I investigated the effects of government policies on the choice of destination country for highly skilled migrants. I worked at the ILO, Labour Migration Branch, as a program officer and as a scientific researcher for the Cooperation and Development Center at the Swiss Institute of Technology (EPFL). I was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM) at Georgetown University in Washington, DC and have conducted extensive fieldwork in India in conjunction with Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi.

Research Interests

  • Highly Skilled Mobilities
  • Politics of Mobility
  • Migrants' Civic Engagement

Research Description

My research focuses on the interaction between policy and practice in the management of migration phenomena by examining institutional and legal frameworks and how they shape the experiences of migrants targeted by such policies. My current research looks at the immigrant engagement in Switzerland. I address phenomena referred to as “social citizenship” or “substantive citizenship”, which go beyond political citizenship and affect migrant and native populations. Besides the bottom-up perspectives, I am interested in top-down institutional approaches of interested polities at regional, national and international level.


  • MA Political Science/International Relations, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • MSc International Development Studies, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • PhD Public Policy, Maastricht University, The Netherlands


  • GLBL 100: Introduction to Global Studies