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Daniel Tichenor

Professor of Political Science, University of Oregon

Daniel Tichenor is a Philip H. Knight Chair, a professor of Political Science, and Faculty Director of the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics. His research focuses on immigration and refugee policy, social movements, the American presidency, Congress, political parties, and youth politics. He has published seven books and more than 80 journal articles and book chapters. His books include Dividing Lines: The Politics of Immigration Control (Princeton University Press), Rivalry and Reform: Presidents, Social Movements, and the Transformation of American Politics (University of Chicago Press), with Sidney Milkis, and Democracy’s Child: Young People and the Politics of Control, Leverage, and Agency (Oxford University Press), with Alison Gash. His forthcoming book is Unsettled: Governing Immigration in a Polarized Nation (Princeton University Press).

His research awards include the American Political Science Association’s Gladys Kammerer Award, Jack Walker Prize, Mary Parker Follette Award, Polity Prize, and Charles Redd Award. He has been a fellow at Princeton’s School of Policy and International Affairs, a research fellow at the Brookings Institution, the Abba Schwartz Fellow at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, and a research scholar at the Eagleton Institute of Politics. He was named to the inaugural class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows in 2015. He is the recipient of the A.J. Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching and the 2020 Williams Fellowship for “exceptional and innovative teaching.”

He has testified and provided expert briefings to Congress on immigration reform and history, and provided commentary and essays for National Public Radio, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Utne Reader, and The Nation.


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    Professor of Political Science and Democratic Governance , University of Oregon