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Dan J. Tichenor

Philip H. Knight Chair of Political Science and Director of the Program on Democratic Engagement and Governance, the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, University of Oregon

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Daniel Tichenor is the Philip H. Knight Chair of Social Science, and Director of the Wayne Morse Center’s Program for Democratic Engagement, at the University of Oregon. He has published eight books on immigration policy, social movements and national political institutions. His most recent works are Unsettled: Governing Immigration in a Fractured Nation (Princeton) and Democracy's Child (Oxford). Tichenor was named to the inaugural class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows in 2015, and currently serves as President of APSA’s Migration and Citizenship Section.

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Interviewed in "Q & A: The UO Political Science Professor, 90-Plus Pages into the Mueller Report," The Register-Guard, April 18, 2019.
Quoted by Carolyn Lochead in "Trump Opens New Front on Legal Immigration," San Francisco Chronicle, January 13, 2018.
Opinion: "The Overwhelming Barriers to Successful Immigration Reform," Dan J. Tichenor, The Atlantic, May 25, 2016.
Opinion: "Reviving a History of Inequality," Dan J. Tichenor, New York Times, February 4, 2014.
Opinion: "Immigration Policy and the 2012 Election: Polarized Politics, Elusive Reform," Dan J. Tichenor, World Politics Review, October 9, 2012.
Interviewed in "Advocates Aim to Revive Immigration Overhaul," NPR’s All Things Considered, March 11, 2010.
Opinion: "Same Old Song (Patterns of Nativism)," Dan J. Tichenor, The Nation, August 28, 2006.


"The Development of Presidential Emergency Power" Perspectives on Politics 11, no. 3 (September 2013): 769-788.
Explains controversial counterterrorism policies (and limits on civil liberties) during the Bush and Obama years in terms of long-term expansions in presidential emergency power.
"Raising Arizona v. United States: Historical Patterns of American Immigration Federalism" (with Alexandra Filindra). Lewis and Clark Law Review 16, no. 4 (2012): 1215-1246.
Analyzes the recent Supreme Court decision as a window onto the devolution of immigration policymaking and intergovernmental struggles over time.
"Solidarities and Restrictions: Labor and Immigration Policy in the United States" (with Janice Fine). The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Political Science 10, no. 1 (2012).
Looks at the evolving relationship between immigration and the American labor movement, taking stock of competing interests, traditions, and opportunities.
"Oxford Handbook of the Politics of International Migration" (with Marc Rosenblum) (Oxford University Press, 2012).
Explores the causes and consequences of contemporary immigration from economic, social, cultural and political perspectives, as well as immigration policy and immigrant integration in historical and cross-national contexts.
"Reform’s Mating Dance: Presidents, Social Movements, and Racial Realignments" (with Sidney Milkis). Journal of Policy History 23, no. 4 (2011): 451-490.
Investigates the fraught but sometimes transformative alliances between the White House and social movements, with a focus on the racial realignments initiated by Lincoln and abolition movement and Johnson and the civil rights movement.
"Dividing Lines: The Politics of Immigration Control in America" (Princeton University Press, 2002).
Shows how immigration policymaking over more than two hundred years has been shaped by rival ideological traditions, competing interests, and institutional change. Winner of the Gladys Kammerer Award for best book in public policy.