Tower Center Monthly Seminar | Professor James Hollifield & Dr. Pia Orrenius

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 (3:00 PM – 4:30 PM)
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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.


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.