ElsdeGraauwEls de Graauw

Associate Professor


American politics, urban politics, public policy, immigration and immigrant integration, civil society, government bureaucracies, research design and methodology



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

Website: http://elsdegraauw.weebly.com



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.  She is interested in immigration, civil society organizations, urban politics, government bureaucracies, and public policy, with a focus on understanding how governmental and nongovernmental organizations build 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, Houston, and the New York City metro regions.

Her research appears in Migration Studies, New Labor Forum, Journal on Migration and Human Security, Politics, Groups, and Identities, Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, WorkingUSA: Journal of Labor and Society, Politics & Society, American Journal of Sociology, Annual Review of Political Science, Daedalus, Hérodote, and many edited volumes. Her work has been supported by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, the National Science Foundation, the Professional Staff Congress at CUNY, the Eugene M. Lang Foundation, the Netherland-America Foundation, the National Center for Border Security and Immigration, the Centre for Urban Studies (University of Amsterdam), the Hauser Institute for Civil Society (Harvard University), the Institute for the Social Sciences (Cornell University), and the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues (UC Berkeley).

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, Cornell University, and the University of Amsterdam.  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.


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


The City University of New York