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Cameron Thibos, Ph.D. is the managing editor of Beyond Trafficking and Slavery at openDemocracy and is an expert at translating complex research into intelligible public and policy-relevant formats. BTS combines the rigour of academic scholarship with the clarity of journalism and the immediacy of political advocacy to occupy a unique space within efforts to understand and address forced labor, trafficking and slavery. It is an independent, not-for-profit marketplace of ideas that uses evidence-based advocacy to tackle the political, economic, and social causes of global exploitation, vulnerability and unfree labour. BTS' partnership with openDemocracy seeks to bridge the divide between academia and wider audiences by sourcing clear, high-quality analysis from scholars, practitioners and experts and making it available for free online. Read a joint editorial introducing the project, follow us on Twitter, like our Facebook page, sign up for our periodic newsletter, and subscribe to our RSS feed.

Prior to this Cameron worked as a research associate at the Migration Policy Centre of the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. He is a specialist in migration and diaspora studies and possesses regional expertise in Turkey and the Arab World. His work currently focuses on the Syrian refugee crisis, but more broadly he researches migration from Turkey and the Arab World into Europe and its impacts on both sending and receiving countries. His thematic research interests include identity politics and its impact on migration and development issues, discourse and media analysis, as well as the broader socio-economic transformations of Turkey and the Arab world.

Cameron received his D.Phil (Ph.D.) in 2014 from the Department of International Development at the University of Oxford. His thesis, Competitive Identity Formation in the Turkish Diaspora, supervised by Hein de Haas and Robin Cohen, concerns the politics of narrative control and identity formation among Turkish migrants. It further examines the ways in which politics in a receiving-country context impact the identities of migrants and cultivate diasporic consciousness. It studies these dynamics through two complementary case studies, one in the United States and one in Germany. In the first of these, it examines the activities, motivations, and goals of Turkish-Americans in Washington, D.C. who actively oppose efforts to recognise the massacres of ethnic Armenians by Ottoman forces in 1915 as a case of genocide. In the second case, it looks at the policies of the Turkish government and the rhetoric of its politicians that are designed to engage with the Turkish migrant population of Germany and include them in the Turkish polity.


Cameron was born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana (USA). He received a bachelors degree in journalism and economics from Indiana University Bloomington in 2006. He then continued his education as a masters student at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin from 2006 to 2009. There he focused on Turkish and Arabic languages and history, and wrote his dissertation on corporate social responsibility reporting in the Arab world. This work was later published under the title ‘Corporate Social Responsibility in the Arab World: Reporting and Discourse’ in Sandıkçı and Rice’s (2011) edited volume The Handbook of Islamic Marketing.