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Immigration Experts at Georgetown

In his 2013 State of the Union Address, President Obama called for immigration reform and the need to strengthen border security while providing a path to citizenship for undocumented workers. Georgetown faculty experts are available to speak on the history of immigration reform, crime and immigration, the rights of detained immigrants, refugee law and policy and more.

To arrange interviews with faculty experts, please contact a media relations representative or call (202) 687.4328.

Faculty Experts Include:

Katherine Benton-Cohen

Katherine Benton-Cohen, associate professor history, is an expert on politics in the Southwest, the histories of immigration reform and border policy. Her first book, Borderline Americans: Racial Division and Labor War in the Arizona Borderlands (Harvard University Press, 2009), explored the history of race on the Arizona-Mexico border. She is now in the process of writing a book on the study and implementation of immigration reform and restriction. In 2009-2010, Benton-Cohen was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where she worked on a project about the history of the U.S. Immigration Commission.

Harry Holzer

Harry Holzer, professor of public policy, is an expert on the low-wage labor market, and its effect on immigrants, particularly the problems of minority workers in urban areas. In recent years Holzer has worked on issues involving job quality as well as workers in the labor market. He also researches how job quality affects the employment prospects of the disadvantaged and worker inequality and insecurity. 

Adriana Kugler

Adriana Kugler, professor of public policy, is a Colombian-American economist. She served as chief economist for the U.S. Department of Labor in 2011 and 2012. Her expertise includes labor markets and policy evaluation in developed and developing countries. Her work also looks at the role of public policies, unemployment and immigration.

Susan Martin

Susan Martin holds the Donald G. Herzberg Chair in International Migration and serves as director of the Institute for the Study of International Migration in the School of Foreign Service. Previously, Martin served as executive director of the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform, which advises Congress and the President on U.S. immigration and refugee policy. Prior to joining the commission's staff, she was the director of research and programs at the Refugee Policy Group, a Washington, D.C.-based center for analysis of U.S. and international refugee policy and programs. Her recent publications include A Nation of Immigrants (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and Managing Migration: The Promise of Cooperation; Mexico-U.S. Migration Management: A Binational Approach (Rowman and Littlefield, 2006).

William McDonald

William McDonald, professor of sociology and co-director of Georgetown Law Center’s Institute of Criminal Law and Procedure, is an expert on and is writing a book about immigration and crime. His expertise covers multiple dimensions of this topic, including the criminality of immigrants, public beliefs about the criminality of immigrants, and immigrants as victims of crime. He also researches hate crime, domestic assault, mail-order brides, human trafficking and police response to illegal/unauthorized immigration.

Allegra McLeod

Allegra McLeod, associate professor of law, is an expert in criminal law and procedure, immigration law, international and comparative law, and legal and political theory. Prior to coming to Georgetown, McLeod practiced immigration and criminal law at the California-Mexico border as an Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellow and staff attorney with the ABA Immigration Justice Project. She has taught political theory at Stanford University, served as a consulting attorney with the Stanford Immigrants' Rights and Criminal Defense Clinics, worked with the ACLU National Prison Project and clerked for Judge M. Margaret McKeown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Andrew Schoenholtz

Andrew Schoenholtz, visiting professor of law, directs the Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies program as well as the Center for Applied Legal Studies at Georgetown Law Center. He also serves as deputy director of Georgetown's Institute for the Study of International Migration. He is an expert on refugee law and policy, immigration law and policies and humanitarian emergencies and the rights of detained immigrants. He researches and writes regularly on refugee law and policy. His recently co-authored publications include the article Rejecting Refugees: Homeland Security's Administration of the One-Year Bar to Asylum (William and Mary Law Review, 2010) and the book, Refugee Roulette: Disparities in Asylum Adjudication with Philip G. Schrag and Jaya Ramji-Nogales (New York University Press, 2009).

Philip Schrag

Philip Schrag, Georgetown Law Center’s Delaney Family Professor of Public Interest Law, directs the university’s Center for Applied Legal Studies, for which students represent refugees seeking asylum in the United States. He is an expert on asylum, and has also written dozens of articles on consumer law, nuclear arms control and various other topics for both law journals and popular publications. He is the author, or co-author, of 14 books, including Refugee Roulette: Disparities in Asylum Adjudication and Proposals for Reform with Jaya Ramji-Nogales and Andrew I. Schoenholtz (New York University Press, 2009) and Asylum Denied with David Ngaruri Kenney (University of California Press, 2008).

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