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CSAEE operates as an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit, international community of scholars interested in the study of American exile and expatriation. This interest may be of any length, duration, or scope of focus.

One of our core missions is to support the furtherance of the study of American exile and expatriation. CSAEE endeavors to identify, study, document, and develop existing and new scholarship about American exile and expatriation across fields and disciplines. This may take the form of aggregating or synthesizing existing scholarship. CSAEE will feature research products on American exile and expatriation through our online Spotlight Histories and our quarterly newsletter Departures. We have also begun work on Expatria! a multi-volume encyclopedia of American exile and expatriation.

CSAEE will also serve as a catalyst and point of coordination for new scholarship. Our community of scholars will communicate within the academy through an international program of lectures, colloquia, conferences, and symposia.


CSAEE will develop, store, and preserve scholarly and cultural products related to the study of American exile and expatriation. These publications, artifacts, and ephemera will be curated and presented through a program of publications and digital exhibition.

Plans are underway for the creation of a Museum of American Exile & Expatriation.


CSAEE’s education program be two-fold. We will partner and engage with the international academy as well as outward-facing organizations beyond the academy to translate and contextualize research on American exile and expatriation for various and diverse publics.

Frederick Bruce Thomas (1872 – 1928) was a Mississippi-born American who became a businessman and nightclub owner in Moscow, where he was known as Fyodor Fyodorovich Tomas, and Istanbul, Turkey.

“To the farthest place from the United States, if it takes me to the middle of China.”

These were the words of Judah P. Benjamin (1811 – 1884), the last Secretary of State for the American Confederacy to a colleague in Charleston, South Carolina. He departed the United States surreptitiously in 1885, landing first in Havana, Cuba, and then London where he enjoyed a celebrated career as an English barrister. Benjamin died suddenly on a trip to Paris in 1884 and is buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery.