Galya Ruffer is the Director of International Studies and the founding Director of the Center for Forced Migration Studies housed at the Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies at Northwestern University. 

Her work centers on refugee rights and protection, regional understandings of the root causes of conflict and refugee crises, rule of law and the process of international justice with a particular focus on the Great Lakes Region of Africa.

She has published on testimony and justice in the DR Congo, asylum law and policy, human rights litigation in transnational courts and immigrant incorporation and integration in Europe.

Her most recent book, Adjudicating Refugee and Asylum Status (Cambridge), is a co-edited collection examining the role of witness, expertise and testimony. She has worked as an immigration attorney representing political asylum claimants both as a solo-practitioner and as a pro-bono attorney.