Welcoming New Americans: U.S. History & Policy on Immigration

Welcoming New Americans:  U.S. History & Policy on Immigration 

Welcome to New Americans?  Abigail Fisher Williamson will discuss the United States history and policy on immigration on Monday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the Suffield Senior Center, 145 Bridge Street.   Ms. Williamson is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Policy & Law at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University, an MPP from Harvard’s Kennedy School, and a BA from Williams College.   Beginning roughly a century ago, US lawmakers passed a series of restrictive laws that greatly curtailed immigration up until 1965. Today, immigration is an increasingly polarizing political issue with calls for greater restriction from some political leaders.   Ms. Williamson will discuss how today’s immigrants differ and are similar from immigrants of the early 20th century, and explain various proposals for immigration reform.  This program is free for all to attend and is funded by the Friends of the Kent Memorial Library.  Please reserve a seat by calling the library at 860-668-3896 or reserving on the website, suffield-library.org.

Abigail Fisher Williamson’s research takes her to the intersection of urban politics, racial and ethnic politics, political behavior, and social policy.  She uses quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate how and when communities engage to address critical societal problems. Her research has received funding from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Ruth Landes Memorial Fund, and Time-Sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences (TESS). She is the author of articles, chapters, and reports, and the co-editor of the forthcoming volume, The Politics of New Immigrant Destinations: Transatlantic Perspectives (Temple University Press). Her current book project, Welcoming New Americans? Local Government and Immigrant Incorporation, focuses on municipal responses to immigrant populations and how they shape social and political incorporation.