April 25 Event Features Migration Expert Susan Martin

Susan Martin is an internationally-acclaimed expert on migration. In this talk, she will draw on the framework used in her book 2010 book, A Nation of Immigrants, to place the proposed actions and plans of the Trump Administration in historical perspective. 

Martin is optimistic about the future of immigration, which has made America what it is today, and predicts that the U.S. will retain its identify as a nation of immigrants. She argues that, dating to colonial days, there have always been competing views about the value of immigrants to our country.

The "Pennsylvania model," which valued pluralism, allowed Pennsylvania to become the most diverse and robust colony in our early history. The Pennsylvania model has best served our nation, Martin argues, more so than the "Virginia model," in which colonists viewed immigrants primarily in terms of labor to be exploited, or the "Massachusetts model," wherein colonists insisted on religious and ideological conformity among those new to the colony.

Trained in American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and now the Donald G. Herzberg Professor Emerita of International Migration at Georgetown University, Martin's understanding of immigration issues and trends has been shaped not only by her impressive research about America's past, but also by her service outside the academy.

Martin has served as the Executive Director of the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform, established by legislation to advise Congress and the President on U.S. immigration and refugee policy. She has also directed the research programs of the Refugee Policy Group, a Washington-based center for analysis of U.S. and international refugee policy and programs.

Martin is currently chairing the Thematic Working Group on Environmental Change and Migration in the Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development at the World Bank.

This talk is part of the Social Science Matter series, sponsored annually by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), and was organized by School of Public Policy professor David Mednicoff in collaboration with the series committee.

The talk is free and open to the public.