Dagmar Myslinska completed a fully-funded PhD at the Department of Law at the London School of Economics, under the supervision of Professor Nicola Lacey and Professor Coretta Phillips, which critically examines Poles’ experience of mobility and their positioning within EU and UK equality frameworks. She is currently working on a monograph, Law, Migration and the Construction of Whiteness: Mobility within the European Union, to be published by Routledge. Dagmar graduated from Yale University with a BA (cum laude) in Psychology and Film Studies, with distinctions in both majors. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Columbia University School of Law, where she was the Head Notes Editor for the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, and a recipient of the Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar award. She was admitted to the New York and New Jersey state bars in 2005.
Dagmar convenes Contract Law and Immigration Law, and supervises the Immigration branch of the Law & Policy Clinic. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Prior to joining Goldsmiths Law, Dagmar taught modules on commercial law, evidence law, and legal research and writing at the LSE. She has lectured at several undergraduate and postgraduate criminal justice and law programmes in the USA, including at Columbia Law School, State University of New York, and Fordham University, and has taught at a postgraduate law programme at Temple University in Tokyo. She has also supervised clinical students practicing immigration law, and overseen Juris Doctor and LLM students writing their dissertations.
In her teaching, Dagmar seeks to place law within its cultural, ethical, and socio-political contexts, often drawing on critical race theory and human rights perspectives. She also incorporates case studies from her own legal practice to provide experiential learning opportunities, while critically examining the foundations of laws. Her overarching teaching goals have been to guide students towards thinking creatively and critically, and to inspire them to pursue social justice.
Before entering academia, Dagmar practised commercial litigation and pro bono immigration law. She worked at the law firms of Debevoise & Plimpton, Boies, Schiller & Flexner, and Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York. She was involved in several high-profile cases, including representing institutional and individual investors in Madoff feeder funds, same-sex couples in a challenge to Proposition 8 in California, and Maurice Greenberg in his disputes with AIG.
She also clerked for two federal judges in the USA, including in the Southern District of New York. Dagmar has volunteered extensively for immigrant and refugee charities and NGOs, including Human Rights First in New York. Her numerous open-access reference articles on US asylum law have been published online by Nolo Press.
She has been interviewed and quoted by various media outlets on migration issues. She has also presented continuing-education seminars to US attorneys. Dagmar is a contributor to the Britain in Europe thinktank.
Retracing the Right to Free Movement: Mapping a Path Forward (2019) Michigan St International Law Review 27(3): 383-439
Contemporary First-Generation European-Americans: The Unbearable ‘Whiteness’ of Being
(2014) Tulane Law Review 88: 559-625
Intra-Group Diversity in Education: What If Abigail Fisher Were An Immigrant. . . (2014) Pace Law Review 34: 736-816
Racist Racism: Complicating Whiteness Through the Privilege & Discrimination of Westerners in Japan (2014) UMKC Law Review 83: 1-55
- Myslinska, Dagmar R. 2020. Short-sighted, undemocratic, and not evidence-based: the new points-based system’s hostile approach towards Europeans.
- LexisNexis Library and PSL Products, London (August 2018): interviewed for ‘The Housing Crisis – Asylum Seekers and Immigration’
- Polish Online News ‘Sheffield24’, Sheffield (June 2017): interviewed for ‘Polskie dzieci na Wyspach: Prymusi czy nieuki?’ (‘Polish Children on the Islands: Top Students Or Slackers?’),
- Ratio: The Magazine of LSE Law (2017): interviewed for ‘The Brexit Effect: How the Referendum Result Impacts Our PhD Research’
- LSE Brexit Vote Blog (September 2016): ‘Post-Brexit hate crimes against Poles are an expression of long-standing prejudices and contestation over white identity in the UK’,
- Radio France Online, London (September 2016): interviewed for ‘Hate Crimes, Immigration, and Brexit’, 9 September 2016
- The Times, London (August 2016): quoted in ‘City has just the recipe for integration: Peterborough has embraced 10,000 Poles (and their cuisine) to its benefit’
- LSE Brexit Vote Blog (June 2016): ‘Migration Arguments Supporting Brexit Appear to be Backed by Animus’,
- LSE Brexit Vote Blog (March 2016): ‘Incomplete Europeans: Polish Migrants’ Experience of Discrimination in the UK is Complicated by Their Whiteness’,
- LSE Research Highlights (February 2016): research featured on ‘Poles and Prejudice’,
- New York State Bar Association CLE Webcast, New York (May 2012): panellist on ‘Growing Your Practice or Corporate Legal Department: Virtual Law Firms and Of Counsel Arrangements’