Tower Center Monthly Seminar | Controlling Immigration: A Global Perspective

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 (3:00 PM – 4:30 PM)
Tower Center Boardroom, Carr Collins #227 (map)


James F. Hollifield, Director & Professor, Department of Political Science, SMU

21917D_068_HollifieldJames F. Hollifield is Ora Nixon Arnold Professor of International Political Economy and Director of the Tower Center at SMU. He has worked for a variety of governmental and intergovernmental organizations and has published widely on international political and economic issues, including Immigrants, Markets, and States (Harvard UP, 1992), L’immigration et l’Etat Nation (L’Harmattan, 1997), Controlling Immigration (Stanford UP, 3rd Edition, 2014), Migration Theory (Routledge, 3rd Edition, 2014), and International Political Economy: History, Theory and Policy (Cambridge UP, forthcoming) along with numerous other books and scientific articles. His current research looks at how states manage migration for strategic gains.


Pia Orrenius, Vice President and Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

orreniusPia Orrenius is a labor economist working on regional economic growth and demographic change. She manages the Texas Business Outlook Surveys and is executive editor of the quarterly publication Southwest Economy. Her academic research focuses on the labor market impacts of immigration, unauthorized immigration and U.S. immigration policy. She is coauthor of the book Beside the Golden Door: U.S. Immigration Reform in a New Era of Globalization (2010, AEI Press).

Orrenius is affiliated with several academic institutions. She is research fellow at the Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University and at the IZA Institute of Labor in Bonn, Germany, as well as visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Orrenius is also adjunct professor at Baylor University (Dallas campus), where she teaches in the executive MBA program. Orrenius was senior economist on the Council of Economic Advisers in the Executive Office of the President, Washington D.C., in 2004–05, where she advised the Bush administration on labor, health and immigration issues. She holds a PhD in economics from the University of California at Los Angeles and bachelor degrees in economics and Spanish from the University of Illinois at Urbana—Champaign.


controllingControlling Immigration
A Global Perspective, Third Edition

Edited by James F. Hollifield, Philip L. Martin, and Pia M. Orrenius

The third edition of this major work provides a systematic, comparative assessment of the efforts of a selection of major countries, including the U.S., to deal with immigration and immigrant issues— paying particular attention to the ever-widening gap between their migration policy goals and outcomes. Retaining its comprehensive coverage of nations built by immigrants and those with a more recent history of immigration, the new edition pays particular attention to the tensions created by post-colonial immigration, and explores how countries have attempted to control the entry and employment of legal and illegal Third World immigrants, how they cope with the social and economic integration of these new waves of immigrants, and how they deal with forced migration.

For more information about this book or to purchase a copy, please click here.


The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.

Please RSVP to tower@smu.edu.

If you are interested in joining the Tower Center Forum, please contact Luisa del Rosal at lmdelrosal@smu.edu.