Social Science Matters Series Presents a Panel on Immigration Policy

Social Science Matters poster with panelist photos, date and time of event.

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is hosting a panel on U.S. immigration policy as part of the Social Science Matters Series on Tuesday, Nov. 19 in Old Chapel from noon until 1:30 p.m.

The event will be moderated by Scott Blinder, assistant professor of political science whose research focuses on public opinion toward migration and its impacts on elections and policy. The panel includes experts on immigration enforcement, public opinion on immigration and integration of immigrants into local communities. The event will include time for questions from audience members.


Debbie Schildkraut, chair of the department of political science at Tufts University. Her research examines the implications of the changing ethnic composition of the United States on public opinion in a variety of domains.

David Hernández, associate professor of Latina/o studies at Mount Holyoke College. His research focuses on immigration enforcement, the U.S. detention regime, in particular.

Abigail Fisher Williamson, Charles A. Dana Research Associate Professor of political science and public policy and law at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. Her book “Welcoming New Americans? Local Governments and Immigrant Incorporation” explains why local governments accommodate immigrants, as well as how these efforts both promote and restrict incorporation.

This event is free and open to the public but registration is required.