Weissman School of Arts and Sciences

elsEls de Graauw

Email: Els.deGraauw@baruch.cuny.edu
Phone: (646) 312-4422
Location: VC 4-247


Els de Graauw specializes in American politics, immigration, civil society, and (sub)urban politics and public policy.  She recently completed a book manuscript on the role of nonprofit organizations as advocates of immigrant rights and immigrant integration policies, with a focus on San Francisco.  She now is working on a comparative study of city immigrant affairs offices in the United States, which includes case studies of New York, Houston, Detroit, and Louisville. 

Dr. de Graauw earned her Ph.D. degree in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley.  In 2008-09, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and in 2011-12, she was an Immigration Research Associate at the Institute for the Social Sciences at Cornell University.

For more information, see her website.


POL 1101: American Government: Practices and Values

POL 3318: The Politics of Immigration and Integration in the United States

IDC 3001H: The Peopling of New York City



de Graauw, Els, Shannon Gleeson, and Irene Bloemraad.  (Forthcoming, July 2013.)  “Funding Immigrant Organizations: Suburban Free-Riding and Local Civic Presence.”  American Journal of Sociology 119(1).

Jones-Correa, Michael, and Els de Graauw.  2013.  “The Illegality Trap: The Politics of Immigration and the Lens of Illegality.”  Dædalus: Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 142(3): 185-198.

Jones-Correa, Michael, and Els de Graauw.  2013.  “Looking Back to See Ahead: Unanticipated Changes in Immigration from 1986 to the Present and Their Implications for American Politics Today.”  Annual Review of Political Science 16 (May): 209-230.

de Graauw, Els, and François Vergniolle de Chantal.  2009.  “Les défis de la réforme de l’immigration sous la présidence Obama: entre pragmatisme national et pressions subnationales.”  [“The Challenges of Immigration Reform for the Obama Administration: Between National Pragmatism and Subnational Pressures.”]  Hérodote: revue de géographie et de géopolitique 132: 146-165.

Book Chapters:

de Graauw, Els.  (Forthcoming 2013.)  “Polyglot Bureaucracies: Nonprofit Advocacy to Create Inclusive City Governments.”  In The Politics of Representative Bureaucracy: Power, Legitimacy, Performance.  B. Guy Peters, Eckhard Schröter, and Patrick von Maravic, editors.  Cheltenham (UK): Edward Elgar Publishing.

de Graauw, Els.  2013.  “Immigrants and Political Incorporation in the United States.”  Pp. 1875-1892 in Volume 4 of Immigrants in American History: Arrival, Adaptation, and Integration. Elliott Robert Barkan, editor.  Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO Books.

Bloemraad, Irene, and Els de Graauw.  2012.  “Diversity and Laissez-Faire Integration in the United States.”  Pp. 35-57 in Diverse Nations, Diverse Responses: Approaches to Social Cohesion in Immigrant Societies.  Paul Spoonley and Erin Tolley, editors.  Montreal and Kingston: Queen’s Policy Studies Series, McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Bloemraad, Irene, and Els de Graauw.  2012.  “Immigrant Integration and Policy in the United States: A Loosely Stitched Patchwork.”  Pp. 205-232 in International Perspectives: Integration and Inclusion.  James Frideres and John Biles, editors.  Montreal and Kingston: Queen’s Policy Studies Series, McGill-Queen’s University Press.

de Graauw, Els.  2012.  “The Inclusive City: Public-Private Partnerships and Immigrant Rights in San Francisco.”  Pp. 135-150 in Remaking Urban Citizenship: Organizations, Institutions, and the Right to the City.  Michael Peter Smith and Michael McQuarrie, editors.  Comparative Urban and Community Research, Volume 10.  New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers.

de Graauw, Els, and Caroline Andrew.  2011.  “Immigrant Political Incorporation in American and Canadian Cities.”  Pp. 179-206 in Immigrant Geographies of North American Cities.  Carlos Teixeira, Wei Li, and Audrey Kobayashi, editors.  Don Mills (ON): Oxford University Press.

de Graauw, Els.  2008.  “Nonprofit Organizations: Agents of Immigrant Political Incorporation in Urban America.”  Pp. 323-350 in Civic Hopes and Political Realities: Immigrants, Community Organizations, and Political Engagement.  S. Karthick Ramakrishnan and Irene Bloemraad, editors.  New York: Russell Sage Foundation Press.

de Graauw, Els.  2008.  “Nonprofit Organizations and the Urbanized Politics of Immigrant Representation in San Francisco.”  Pp. 175-195 in Racial and Ethnic Politics in California: Continuity and Change, Volume 3.  Bruce E. Cain and Sandra Bass, editors.  Berkeley: Institute of Governmental Studies Press.


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