Forthcoming: “Legislating Diversity in the Immigration Act of 1990,” in Whose America? U.S. Immigration Policy Since 1980 (Editors: María Cristina García, Maddalena Marinari, University of Illinois Press, 2023).

“Unmaking the Nation of Immigrants: How John Tanton’s Network of Organizations Transformed Policy and Politics,” in A Field Guide to White Supremacy, edited by Kathleen Belew and Ramon A. Gutierrez (University of California Press, 2021)


“Selling Ghana greener pastures: Green card entrepreneurs, visa lottery, and mobility,” in special issue “Social Histories of Neoliberalism,” Journal of Social History, Fall 2019. https://academic.oup.com/jsh/article-abstract/53/1/27/5555330

National Publications

Washington Post: President Trump’s immigration suspension has nothing to do with coronavirus (April 22, 2020) [Link to PDF]

Washington Post: Want democratic accountability? Look to Ricky Martin, not Robert Mueller. (July 28, 2019) With Dan Berger.

Washington Post: John Tanton has died. He made America less open to immigrants — and more open to Trump. (July 18, 2019) [Link to PDF]

Washington Post: How advocates can defeat Trump’s latest assault on asylum seekers (July 18, 2019) With Yael Schacher and S. Deborah Kang. [Link to PDF]

Washington Post: The shadowy network shaping Trump’s anti-immigration policies (September 27, 2018) [Link to PDF]

Washington Post: Like Donald Trump, Ronald Reagan tried to keep out asylum seekers. Activists thwarted him. (July 2, 2018) [Link to PDF]

Washington Post: Angry that ICE is ripping families apart? Don’t just blame Trump. Blame Clinton, Bush and Obama, too. (June 11, 2018) [Link to PDF]

Washington Post: Why Donald Trump could win the immigration fight, and how immigration activists can turn the tide, with Dr. Marisa Gerstein Pineau of the Frameworks Institute (February 16, 2018) [Link to PDF]

The Hill: Trump doesn’t recognize foreign-born black and brown people as American. (January 31, 2018) [Link to PDF]

Washington Post: For 50 years, keeping families together has been central to U.S. immigration policy. Now Trump wants to tear them apart. (December 17, 2017) Read at Toronto Star.

The Hill: Diversity visa lottery doesn’t make us less safe, but ending it might (with Dr. Charles Piot) (November 29, 2017)

Washington Post: This program has saved thousands of lives. Now Trump is threatening to end it. (November 6, 2017) [Link to PDF]

Washington Post: The visa lottery wins America goodwill. Ending it is a mistake. (November 2, 2017) In Spanish: Error, acabar con la lotería de visas

Washington Post: Commercialization brought the Internet to the masses. It also gave us spam (August 4, 2017) Read at Common Dreams.

Washington Post: In the 1980s, diversity meant more white immigrants. (July 11, 2017) [Link to PDF]

Posts at American Friends Service Committee


What you need to know about Trump’s asylum ban

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Trump wants to detain children and families indefinitely – what you need to know and how you can stop it

Four things you should know about the anti-immigration movement

How to talk about Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy without reinforcing anti-immigrant ideas

How to talk about sanctuary cities

Calling to abolish ICE is how we will win

There’s nothing divisive about keeping families together

How to talk about immigration in your classroom (or anywhere!)

Three questions you should ask when you hear about North Korea at the 2018 Olympics

How to write like an expert on North Korea at the 2018 Olympics


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When Trump’s hate tweets make news, here’s what to do

Three reasons why you should explore AFSC’s archives to learn from history for resistance

Why telling the truth is crucial right now

Stop retweeting him: why you shouldn’t repeat something untrue to argue against it

Are you doing more harm than good? How you talk about immigration and Islamophobia matters

Six ways to change how you talk about immigration

How to cope with bad news

How to talk about Gaza so people will listen

Four tips to engage potential allies on Islamophobia at the holidays

How to grow awareness of Gaza at your local farmer’s market this summer

How to talk to your friends and family about tough issues using smart messaging

Why you shouldn’t say the immigration system is “broken”