ElsdeGraauwEls de Graauw

Email: Els.deGraauw@baruch.cuny.edu
Phone: (646) 312-4422
Location: VC 5-284


Els de Graauw is Associate Professor at Baruch College, the City University of New York, with an appointment in the Department of Political Science and teaching responsibilities also in the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs.  Her research centers on the nexus of immigration, civil society organizations, urban politics, and public policy, with a focus on building institutional capacity for immigrant integration and representation.

Her award-winning book Making Immigrant Rights Real: Nonprofits and the Politics of Integration in San Francisco (Cornell University Press, 2016) analyzes the role of nonprofit organizations in advocating for immigrant integration policies in San Francisco, with a focus on immigrant language access, labor rights, and municipal ID cards.  She is working on her second book, a large comparative study of city and state immigrant affairs offices in the United States.  She has also been collaborating with Shannon Gleeson (Cornell University) on an NSF-funded study of the implementation of the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Greater Houston Area, and the New York City Metro Area. 

Her research appears in Politics, Groups, and Identities, Journal of Immigrant and Refugee StudiesJournal of Ethnic and Migration StudiesWorkingUSAPolitics & SocietyAmerican Journal of SociologyAnnual Review of Political ScienceDaedalusHérodote, and many edited volumes.  Her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Professional Staff Congress at CUNY, the Eugene M. Lang Foundation, the National Center for Border Security and Immigration (BORDERS), the Hauser Institute for Civil Society (Harvard University), the Institute for the Social Sciences (Cornell University), the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues (UC Berkeley), and the Netherland-America Foundation.

Els earned her Ph.D. degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley.  She has been a researcher at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Cornell University.  In 2012, she co-founded the Section on Migration and Citizenship of the American Political Science Association, and she served as the Section’s elected co-president and secretary between 2012 and 2016.  Els currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies and the Urban Affairs Review.

More information can be found on her website.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, Els is on sabbatical leave at the University of Amsterdam.


POL 1100: American Government – Practices and Values

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

POL 4900: Political Science Capstone Seminar 

POL 5000: Political Science Independent Study 

POL 5030: Research Practicum in Political Science 

POL 6001H/6002H: Honors Thesis in Political Science 

PAF 1250: Citizenship and Public Affairs 

PAF 4199: Selected Topics in Public Affairs

IDC 3001H: The Peopling of New York City


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