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Week 1: Welcome & Introduction to Citizenship

T, 1//31: Welcome & Introduction to the course
Th, 2/2: Aristotle and Foundations of Citizenship (the city-state)
Aristotle - Politics, Book III - (parts 1-18, on citizenship) OR Book III with marginalia (my preferred) (40 pages…) (choose on version)Other places to find this reading: versions are available onlineKindle versions are available for freeDover Thrift edition: Kindle version: Suggested:
Yale University online recorded lecture: to Citizenship (principal debates in citizenship)

Week 3: Mann & Tilly

We have some catching up to do...
Last week – apologiesIn exchange – day before Fall Break has been cancelledNew landing page for sitePass out Instructions for semester project with due datesIntroduction (pp 1-14) in Kivisto, Peter, and Thomas Faist. 2007. Citizenship: Discourse, Theory, and Transnational Prospects. (PDF) (14 pages)

Week 5: US immigration History

Mindmap of US immigration history

1890 - How the Other Half Lives - Jacob Riis

US Immigration Legislation Online
1882 Chinese Exclusion Act1892 Geary Act (extends Chinese exclusion act additional 10 years)1892 Wong Wing v. United States (Bill of Rights Protects Illegal Aliens as well)1917 Immigration Act (aka Asiatic Barred Zone Act)1924 Immigration Act (aka Johnson-Reed Act)1943 Magnuson Act (repeal the Chinese Exclusion Act)1943 Bracero Program1945 War Brides Act1952 Immigration and Nationality Act (McCarran Walter Act)1965 Immigration and Nationality Act (Hart-Cellar Act)

Week 6: Rights and Basics of American Citizenship

Where is the Constitutional Authority to regulate immigration located? How do the Courts, Congress, and Government agencies make and administer immigration policy? What were the arguments for and against alien rights and how were these rights articulated?

T, 3/14: Rights During Exclusion
Neuman, Gerald L. 2005. “Wong Wing v. United States: The Bill of Rights Protects Illegal Aliens.” Chapter 2 in Immigration Stories. Edited by David A. Martin. New York: Foundation Press. ( (20pgs)Th, 3/16: Assimilation
Heisler, Barbara Schmitter. (2000) “The Sociology of Immigration: From Assimilation to Segmented Integration, from the American Experience to the Global Arena” in Caroline B. Brettel and James F. Hollified, eds., Migration Theory: Talking Across Disciplines, 2nd edition.

Who is Dayani Cristal?

A wonderful film worth viewing:

Week 7: Basics of American Citizenship & Reform

3/16 Theorizing Assimilation ppt

This week we look at the basics of US immigration rights and analyze the political forces that led to the replacement of the national origins system of immigration with the race-neutral preferences system of the 1965 Reform, which is the basis for modern day immigration policy. How did the 1965 Reform change immigration patterns in the U.S.? Do you believe that the categories set up the by the 1965 Reform (The Family, Employees, Refugees/Asylees, Nonimmigrants, Investors, Diversity) are the right ones?
T, 3/21: Reforming the Quota System
Federal Agencies of US Immigration System ( The Geopolitical Origins of the U.S. Immigration Act of 1965 (7pgs) Current immigration stats-- policy governing who gains entry. Gerstle & Mollenkopf The Political Incorporation of Immigrants, Then and Now” ( (30pgs) Song, Sarah. (2009) “What does it mean to be an American?” Ethics, Spring 2009, pp.31-40. (…

Week 9: Theorizing Migration

T, 4/4: Why does migration occur?
Massey, Douglas S. 1999. “Why Does Immigration Occur? A Theoretical Synthesis.” Pp. 34‐52 in The Handbook of International Migration, edited by Charles Hirschman et al. New York: Russell Sage Foundation Press. ( (20pgs) Brief History of the Passport ( (2pgs)  Th, 4/6: Why does migration occur cont’d
Continue with massey article hand back paperscheck in on semester projects, interviews?write about both Passport article and Massey articleWhy do people migrate? Changes in societal structures wrought by outside forces (movie, NAFTA, etc.)Dinese D'souza and "illegals" and constitutional rightsmapping migration movements See PPT

The Chinese Exclusion Act film

A new documentary from Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu will broadcast on PBS in March 2017. See this site for more details:

Week 12: Theorizing Immigrant Incorporation / Assimilation

Week 13: Return to Exclusion? Reconstituting a Culture of Fear

This week presents an overview of unauthorized migration into the U.S., focusing on undocumented immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. What are the historical and social processes that have led to the undocumented nature of Mexican immigration? What rights do undocumented workers have to government services and benefits as articulated in the Supreme Court decision Plyler v. Doe? What are the politics and policies surrounding border control?

Migration Flipboard

As part of an ongoing way to get new and up-to-date readings to students, I've been playing with different tools. This blog was one way, but I have a sneaking suspicion that students don't really read the substantive posts available here...I've also considered creating a shared "class bibliography" project using Cite-u-Like or Zotero. The idea is that there must be a way to quickly and easily share articles recent articles that we may read regularly, but that students don't see. In this way it's akin to enlarging their circle of resources. Of course, we could just add students to our social networks such as Facebook or Twitter, but I'm not one of those instructors who is comfortable sharing my Facebook information with my students and sometimes I take long breaks from Twitter. So at present, I'm playing with Flipboard. I create my own "magazine" around a particular class I'm teaching- Stats or Migration- and put articles that I think…

Week 16: Towards More Inclusive Citizenship?

The readings in this section deal directly with the evolution of borders, the rise of nation-states as an means of ordering the world, borders and citizenship regimes as demarcations of inclusion/exclusion, and philosophical debates about enforcement of borders. Carr's articles provides an overview of the history and rise of borders. He points out that prior to WWI and WWII, the idea of hard borders was far more rare.

Assigned Reading(s):
Carr, Matt (2013) “Beyond the Border,” History Today (63:1)Wilcox, Shirley (2009) “The Open Borders Debate on Immigration,” Philosophy Compass 4(1):1-9