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Perspectives on (Im)Migration

June 9, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Moderator: Rafaela Dancygier, Associate Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School


Maribel Hernandez Rivera *10, District Director for Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Robert H. Whaley ’65, United States District Judge

Gordon H. Chang ’70, Olive H. Palmer Professor in Humanities, Professor of American History, History Department; Senior Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Stanford University

Shanta Devarajan ’75, Professor of the Practice of International Development, Georgetown University

Jill Goldenziel ’00, Associate Professor, Marine Corps University-Command and Staff College




Rafaela Dancygier
Associate Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School

Rafaela Dancygier is associate professor of Politics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. She received her Ph.D. in political science (with distinction) from Yale University in 2007. Dancygier specializes in comparative politics, with a focus on the implications of ethnic diversity in advanced democracies. Her work has examined the domestic consequences of international immigration, the political incorporation and electoral representation of immigrant-origin minorities, the determinants of ethnic conflict, and the contemporary electoral realignments in European democracies. Her first book “Immigration and Conflict in Europe” (Cambridge University Press, 2010) explains how immigration regimes and local political economies determine whether or not immigration destinations witness conflict between immigrants and natives, between immigrants and the state, or no conflict at all. Her second book, “Dilemmas of Inclusion: Muslims in European Politics” (Princeton University Press, 2017) examines how minority groups are incorporated into politics and explores the consequences of this inclusion for the nature of party politics and electoral cleavages. Her other work has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, Annual Review of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Comparative Politics, World Politics and in edited volumes. Immigration and Conflict” was awarded the Best Book Award by the European Politics and Society Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA), and it was also named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title. “Dilemmas of Inclusion” won the 2018 Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research and the 2019 Luebbert Prize, awarded by APSA to the best book published in comparative politics in the previous two years. Her articles on related topics have been awarded Best Paper Prizes by APSA’s Sections on Comparative Politics, Migration and Citizenship, European Politics and Society and Representation and Electoral Systems.




Maribel Hernandez Rivera *10
District Director for Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Maribel Hernández Rivera is District Director at the U.S. House of Representatives. She previously served as Executive Director of Legal Initiatives for the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs where she was responsible for creating and promoting innovative access to justice programs for immigrants including ActionNYC and NYCitizenship. Maribel has also served as Supervising Attorney at Immigrant Justice Corps where she directly supervised Department of Justice Accredited Representatives as they helped low-income New Yorkers apply for immigration benefits. Before that, Maribel was a Fried Frank/ MALDEF fellow.  As a fellow, she represented individuals in immigration detention, submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in support of the U.S. government in the Arizona v. United States case, and participated in a group advocating for the representation of people in immigration detention.  Maribel received her J.D. from New York University School of Law, her Masters in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and her A.B. from Harvard University.  Upon law school graduation, Maribel served as law clerk to the Honorable Mary M. Schroeder in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Robert H. Whaley ’65
United States District Judge 

Judge Whaley is a Senior United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Washington. He was nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 1995. He served as chief judge from 2005 to 2009. Judge Whaley served two years as a judge on the Spokane County Superior Court, was employed by the Department of Justice for four years and spent twenty years working in private practice. He received his A.B. in history from Princeton in 1965 and his law degree from Emory in 1968. After becoming a federal judge, Judge Whaley discovered that criminal-immigration cases comprised a significant portion of his criminal caseload. In order to communicate more effectively and personally with Spanish-speaking defendants and their families, Judge Whaley learned to speak Spanish. Immigration cases remain a large portion of Judge Whaley’s docket and he continues to decide issues of immigration law in the district court as well as in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, where he occasionally sits by designation. In 2016, Judge Whaley received a Fulbright Award and was sponsored by the Mexican Human Rights Commission as well as the National Autonomous University of Mexico to deliver a series of lectures to judges and administrators of trial courts who were interested in adopting judicial processes used in the United States. In addition to his work as a Fulbright, he served as a judge in mock trials for the ABA Rule of Law Program in Peru and provided lectures on the American legal system to Peruvian judges. He also spoke at the Ibero-American Congress of Constitutional Law in Buenos Aires and Mexico City about the history of immigration enforcement in the United States, as well as the role federal courts have played in resolving challenges to the executive branch’s efforts to change immigration policy.


Gordon H. Chang ’70
Provost and Senior Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Stanford University 

Gordon H. Chang ’70 received his doctoral degree from Stanford University and studies the history of U.S. foreign policy, with a particular focus on East Asia, and Asian American history, including immigration past and present. He has published numerous books and articles on these subjects. Two of his most recent titles are “Fateful Ties: A History of America’s Preoccupation with China” (Harvard University Press: 2015) and “Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad” (HMH: 2019).  He also was interviewed extensively for the recent PBS documentary “Asian Americans.” After teaching at the University of California, Irvine, he returned to Stanford, where he is a member of the History Department. He holds the Olive H. Palmer Chair in Humanities and is the current Senior Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Stanford. He lives on the Stanford campus with his family.


Shanta Devarajan ’75
Professor of the Practice of International Development, Georgetown University 

Shanta Devarajan ’75 is a Professor of the Practice of International Development at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.  He spent 28 years at the World Bank where he was, among other things, the Chief Economist of the South Asia, Africa, and Middle East and North Africa Regions, as well as the Senior Director for Development Economics.  He was the Director of the 2004 World Development Report, “Making Services Work for Poor People.” Before joining the World Bank, he was on the faculty of Harvard Kennedy School.  His research, teaching and advising have applied economic analysis to reducing poverty in developing countries, including migration and refugee policies.


Jill Goldenziel ’00
Associate Professor, Marine Corps University-Command and Staff College 

Jill Goldenziel ’00 is Associate Professor at Marine Corps University-Command and Staff College and Affiliated Senior Scholar in the Fox Leadership International Program at the University of Pennsylvania. She teaches International Law, the Law of War and Security Studies to Master’s-level U.S. and foreign military officers who will serve on joint commands. She is also a public speaker, consultant and arbitrator. She is writing a book on how politicization of refugee and migration crises harms national security. Since 2016, Prof. Goldenziel has participated in High-Level Meetings related to the UN Global Compact for Migration and its implementation, including speaking alongside world leaders before 164 UN Member-States at the Intergovernmental Conference to adopt the Global Compact in Marrakech, speaking at the 2018 Inter-Parliamentary Union/UN Annual Inter-Parliamentary Hearings and submitting draft language for the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants and the Global Compact for Migration. Her award-winning scholarship focuses on international law, U.S. and comparative constitutional law, human rights, refugees and migration, lawfare and law and religion.  She is a specialist in Middle East law and politics. She has briefed senior military leaders on her research on information warfare and on the use of law as a weapon of war. Prof. Goldenziel holds a Ph.D. and an A.M. in Government from Harvard University and a J.D. from NYU Law School. She was previously a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Boston University School of Law, a Lecturer on Government and Social Studies at Harvard College and a Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Learn more at http://www.jillgoldenziel.com.


June 9, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
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