Immigration: Myths, Realities, and the Future
June 17, 2021
7:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m. ET
Arriving at immigration policies and reforms that work for both human and national interests will require an understanding of current immigration challenges. Steven Hubbard, Jennifer Hunt, and Douglas S. Massey discussed the myths, realities, and future of immigration. This event was organized by the Network for Responsible Public Policy.
STEVEN HUBBARD, Ph.D. is a data scientist at New American Economy, where he conducts research and data visualization projects related to how immigration impacts our economy. Most recently, he was a Zolberg Fellow at The New School and International Rescue Committee where he conducted research on Syrian refugees living in Jordan. With a deep interest in photography, he recognizes the importance of visualization to communicate complex data problems and facilitate data-driven decision making. Hubbard has over 20 years of experience in college teaching, research, and administration at New York University, The University of Iowa, and Hamline University.
JENNIFER HUNT is Professor of Economics at Rutgers University. From 2013–2015, while on leave from Rutgers, she served first as Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Labor, then as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Microeconomic Analysis at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Prior to joining Rutgers in 2011, she held positions at McGill University, the University of Montreal, and Yale University. Hunt is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London. Her current research focuses on the geographic diffusion of technology adoption, while past research has also encompassed immigration, wage inequality, unemployment, the science and engineering workforce, the transition from communism, and crime and corruption. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard and her Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
DOUGLAS S. MASSEY is the Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, with a joint appointment in The Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the Council of the National Academy of Sciences; the current president of the American Academy of Political and Social Science; and is co-editor of the Annual Review of Sociology. Massey’s research focuses on international migration, race and housing, discrimination, education, urban poverty, stratification, and Latin America, especially Mexico. He is the author, most recently, of Brokered Boundaries: Constructing Immigrant Identity in Anti-Immigrant Times, coauthored with Magaly Sanchez and published by the Russell Sage Foundation.
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