Rhett’s  pandisciplinary projects have centered on the ‘right to belong’, exploring the role of resilience and optimism in the intersecting areas of migration, multiculturalism, identity, nationalism and belonging. His research has focused on ideas connected to culturally composite ethnicities, mixed race communities and the negotiation of the porosity of place, belonging and identity. More recently the ‘right to belong’ extends his interests in identity formation in terms of sexuality and culture.  These interests take into account shifting social and political circumstances and the tensions and consequences of mobility and migration in transnational environments.