Political Scientists Available to Discuss Immigration Reform and Legislation Proposed by the Senate Gang of Eight

Apr 16, 2013, 11:26 ET from American Political Science Association

WASHINGTON, April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by the American Political Science Association:

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Political scientists are available to speak with members of the press about immigration reform and the legislation proposed in the Senate by the Gang of Eight.  

Valerie Martinez-Ebers (valmartinez@unt.edu) is Professor of Political Science at the University of North Texas, former Vice President of the American Political Science Association and former President of the Western Political Science Association.  In July 2012, she began serving as Co-Editor of the American Political Science Review, the flagship journal in political science.  Dr. Martinez has published widely on education policy, Latino/a politics, women in politics, and methods of survey research. She is co-author of Politicas: Latina Public Officials in Texas (2008), Latino Lives in America: Making it Home (2010) and Latinos in the New Millennium: an Almanac of Opinion, Behavior and Policy Preferences (2012).  She also edited Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity and Religion: Identity Politics in America (2009).  As one of the principal investigators for the Latino National Survey, the largest and most comprehensive national survey of Latinos to date, her research is funded by the National Science Foundation as well as Ford, Carnegie, Russell Sage, Hewlett, Anne E. Casey and Joyce Foundations.  Dr. Martinez received her Ph.D. from the Ohio State University.

Benjamin Knoll (benjamin.knoll@centre.edu) is Assistant Professor of Government at Centre College.  His research focuses on public opinion and voting behavior, specifically the intersection of race, religion and politics. He is author of several scholarly articles, including, "'And Who Is My Neighbor?' Religion and Immigration Policy Attitudes" (2009).  Dr. Knoll is also a contributor to the Huffington Post where he has published "Can Religious Leaders Sway Parishioners on Immigration? Research Says Yes" (2013). He received his B.A. in political science from Utah State University and his Ph.D in political science from the University of Iowa.

Dan Tichenor (tichenor@uoregon.edu) is Philip H. Knight Professor of Political Science and Senior Faculty Fellow at the Wayne Morse Center of Law and Politics at the University of Oregon.   He is the author of more than 50 refereed journal articles and book chapters, and is the author or editor of six books.  Dr. Tichenor's most recent work is The Oxford Handbook on International Migration (Oxford University Press, 2012).  His book, Dividing Lines: The Politics of Immigration Control in America (Princeton University Press) won the American Political Science Association's Gladys M. Kammerer Award for the best book on public policy.  He also received APSA's Jack Walker Prize and Mary Parker Follett Award for his work on American political history.  He was the Abba P. Schwartz Fellow of Immigration and Refugee Policy at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, and has held fellowships at the Brookings Institution, Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School, and Leipzig University.  Dr. Tichenor has testified and provided expert briefings to Congress on immigration reform and written for popular audiences in The Nation.  He is currently finishing a book titled Faustian Bargains: The Origins and Development of America's Unauthorized Immigration Dilemma.   Dr. Tichenor received his B.A. in political science from Earlham College and his Ph.D. from Brandeis University.

Wayne A. Cornelius (="file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/aboakriggs/Local%20Settings/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/Content.Outlook/9ERQ2BX9/wcorneli@ucsd.edu" target="_blank">wcorneli@ucsd.edu) is Director of University of California, San Diego's Mexican Migration Field Research Program and a Core Faculty Member in the Division of Global Public Health, School of Medicine, UCSD. He is Director Emeritus of the UCSD Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, which he founded and directed until 2009; Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Emeritus; and Theodore E. Gildred Professor of U.S.-Mexican Relations, Emeritus, at UCSD. He is a Research Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labor (Bonn, Germany).  A specialist on Mexican migration to the United States, comparative immigration policy (U.S., Spain, and Japan), international migration and health, and the Mexican political system, Dr. Cornelius is the author, co-author, or editor of 285 publications dealing with these subjects. His most recent book is Mexican Migration and the U.S. Economic Crisis: A Transnational Perspective (co-author, 2009). Recent journal articles deal with the impact of international migration on health outcomes, and the role of U.S. deportation policies in the transmission of HIV/AIDs.  Dr. Cornelius co-authored a major report on immigration enforcement policies for the National Academy of Sciences (December 2011).  His research has been featured in numerous national and international media outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The Times of London, Newsweek, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and National Public Radio.  He is a past President of the Latin American Studies Association, the largest international organization of Latin American specialists, and an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations (New York).  Dr. Cornelius graduated summa cum laude with an A.B. in Political Science and Latin American Studies from The College of Wooster (Ohio) and received his Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University.

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