Hillary Allison Mellinger

Hillary Allison Mellinger

Hillary Allison Mellinger

Adjunct Faculty

Hillary Mellinger is an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society.  Her academic interests include comparative asylum / refugee law and policy, the criminalization of migration, and judicial activism in regards to immigration law. 

Current Research

Hillary's dissertation, titled "Access to Justice at the Asylum Office," analyzes legal representation and interpretation before the Asylum Office. In addition, Hillary is collaborating on a research project that assesses Latino immigrants' perceptions of law enforcement and how this contributes to existing literature on procedure justice and community policing.

Hillary’s previous research compared the U.S. and Australia’s use of offshore detention centers, as well as the influence of Europe’s two supranational courts – the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) – on European states’ migration policies.

Prior to entering the doctoral program, Hillary worked as a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Accredited Representative at the Tahirih Justice Center, a national nonprofit organization that serves immigrant women and girls fleeing violence.

Selected Publications

Hamlin, R. & Mellinger, H. (2018). The role of courts and legal norms. In A. Weinar, S. Bounjour, & L. Zhyznomirska (Eds.), Routledge Handbook on the Politics of Migration in Europe (pp. 99-108). New York, NY: Routledge.

Courses Taught

CRIM 220: Introduction to Law & Society


PhD in Justice, Law & Criminology, American University (May 2020)

M.A. Political Science, George Mason University (May 2015)

B.A. International Relations & Modern Languages, Beloit College (December 2009)