Tichenor receives NEH grant for immigration study

Tichenor receives NEH grant for immigration study

Dan Tichenor, director of the Wayne Morse Center’s Program for Democratic Engagement and Governance and Knight Chair of Social Sciences, was recently awarded a grant to study what shapes immigration policies across America—why some U.S. states welcome immigrants, while others aggressively oppose them.

“In the absence of national immigration reform, state and localities are especially important in shaping the lives of immigrants and their
families,” Tichenor said. “We want to understand why the culture and policies of some states are welcoming to immigrants while others are often hostile, if
not exclusionary, toward newcomers.”

The $200,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities will fund two years of research for Tichenor and his study partners, professors Robin Dale Jacobson of University of Puget Sound and Elizabeth Durden of Bucknell University. In conducting the reasearch, they’ll delve into state-level archives of papers from elected officials, state agencies, community groups, and social movement leaders, as well as interview individuals ranging from anti-immigration advocates to immigrant rights leaders, lawyers, state officials, union leaders, and journalists.

“Since we’re tackling a big puzzle, I’m really glad to be sharing the load with two impressive scholars who are intellectual kindred spirits. The collaborative nature of these NEH grants is one of their best features,” Tichenor said.

Read more about the research in Around the O and The Register-Guard