Thomas Faist (PhD, New School for Social Research) is Professor for Sociology at the Faculty of Sociology at Bielefeld University, Dean of the Faculty and deputy director of the Collaborative Research Centre 882 “From Heterogeneities to Inequalities”. His fields of interest are transnational relations, citizenship, social policy, development and migration. He held visiting professorships at Malmö University and the University of Toronto. Thomas Faist is a member of the editorial boards of Ethnic and Racial Studies, Social Problems, South Asian Diaspora, Social Inclusion, Migration and Development and the Pakistan Journal of Social Issues. Books he recently co-published include Beyond Methodological Nationalism: Social Science Research Methodologies in Transition (2012), Transnational Migration (2013), and Disentangling Migration and Climate Change (2013). His current research focuses on the transnational social question.