Katherine Benton-Cohen

Katherine Benton-Cohen

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Katherine Benton-Cohen is an associate professor of history at Georgetown University and previously taught at Louisiana State University. An Arizona native, she is the author of Borderline Americans: Racial Division and Labor War in the Arizona Borderlands (2009). Her new book, Inventing the Immigration Problem: The Dillingham Commission and its Legacy (2018), examines the long-lasting policy impact of the largest study of immigrants in American history, conducted in the early twentieth century. She has received many grants and awards, including from the Woodrow Wilson Center, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Coordinating Council for Women in History, and the National History Center. She teaches courses in the history of women, race, immigration and the American West, and enjoys working with teachers and K-12 students as well.

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Twitter: @GUProfBC.


  • The "Immigration Problem," 1917 and 2017 *
  • The History of U.S.-Mexico Border Enforcement *
  • When Jews Fought against "Registries"—A Lesson for Today? *
  • Women and the Rise of the Surveillance State in the Progressive Era *
  • The Invention of Immigration as a Policy Problem
  • What's the Matter with Arizona, and What Isn't
  • A Labor Centennial: The Bisbee Deportation of 1917
  • Jewish Lobbyists and Immigration Policy in the Early Twentieth Century

Lectures marked with a * are offered as part of the OAH's initiative, Historians' Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump.