New Directions in Migration and Citizenship

Solicited by the Immigration and Ethnic History Society (IEHS) and Erika Lee Endorsed by the OAH-Japanese Association for American Studies Japan Historians' Collaborative Committee and WHA

Thursday, March 30, 2023, 12:45 PM - 2:15 PM

Type: Roundtable Discussion

Tags: Immigration and Internal Migration; Legal and Constitutional; Social and Cultural


This roundtable will provide a wide-ranging and critical examination of recent and emerging scholarship on the history of migration and citizenship, with its broad chronological and methodological coverage, it will feature some of the most innovative recent work by scholars working on migration and citizenship today.

Session Participants

Chair: Kevin Kenny, New York University
Kevin Kenny is Professor of History and Glucksman Professor in Irish Studies at New York University. He received his Ph.D. in American History from Columbia University in 1994, where his dissertation won the Bancroft Award. He taught at the University of Texas from 1994 to 1999 and at Boston College from 1999 to 2018. His first book, Making Sense of the Molly Maguires (Oxford University Press, 1998) examines how traditions of Irish rural protest were transplanted into industrial America. A third book, Peaceable Kingdom Lost (Oxford University Press, 2009) analyzes the unraveling of William Penn’s utopian vision of harmonious co-existence between Native Americans and European colonists. Professor Kenny’s latest book, Diaspora: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press 2013), examines the origins, meaning, and utility of a central concept in the study of migration, with particular reference to Jewish, African, Irish, and Asian history. He is also editor of Ireland and the British Empire (Oxford University Press, 2004) and New Directions in Irish-American History (University of Wisconsin Press, 2003) and he has published articles on immigration in the Journal of American History and the Journal of American Ethnic History among other venues. He is currently working on a book about the problem of immigration in a slaveholding republic, covering the United States in the period from the American Revolution through Reconstruction.

Panelist: Delia Maria Fernandez-Jones, Michigan State University
Delia Fernández is an assistant professor in the History Department at Michigan State University. She is also a core faculty member in the Chicano/Latino Studies Program and the co-director of the Womxn of Color Initiatives at MSU. Her research centers on Latino placemaking in the Midwest. She is particularly interested in how they transform the places they live in to suit their political, economic, and social needs. Her current book manuscript, Making the MexiRican City: Migration, Placemaking, and Activism in Grand Rapids, MI is in production with the University of Illinois Press. 

Panelist: Amanda Frost, Immigration and Citizenship
Amanda Frost is the Ann Loeb Bronfman Distinguished Professor of Law and Government at American University, where she specializes in immigration and citizenship law. Before entering academia, she was a federal litigator and served as a staffer for the Senate Judiciary Committee. Her scholarship has been cited by over a dozen courts, and she has testified before both the House and Senate Judiciary Committees. Her non-academic writing has been published in The Atlantic, The New Republic, Washington Post, New York Times, and USA Today, and she authors the “Academic round-up” column for SCOTUSblog, the leading blog on the U.S. Supreme Court. Her recently-published book, You Are Not American: Citizenship Stripping from Dred Scott to the Dreamers, was named a “New & Noteworthy” Book by the New York Times Book Review.

Panelist: Hana Maruyama, University of Connecticut
Hana Maruyama is an assistant professor in history and Asian and Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut. She co-produced/hosted the podcast Campu on Japanese American Incarceration and was a research fellow for American Public Media’s Order 9066. She completed her PhD in American Studies at the University of Minnesota. Before returning to graduate school, she worked for the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center. She is a yonsei descended from the Heart Mountain, Jerome, and Gila River concentration camps on her father’s side.

Panelist: Karla McKanders, Vanderbilt University Law School
Karla McKanders is a Clinical Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University Law School where she directs the Immigration practice Clinic and teaches Immigration and Refugee Law and Critical Race Theory. Her work has taken her throughout the U.S. and abroad teaching and researching the efficacy of legal institutions charged with processing migrants and refugees. In 2011, she received a Fulbright grant to lecture in Morocco. Under her supervision, her law students provide direct representation to asylum seekers and unaccompanied minors who cannot afford counsel. In fall 2020, she was appointed the Associate Director of the Vanderbilt Legal Clinic. McKanders clerked for Judge Damon J. Keith with the United States federal Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit after earning her law degree at Duke University and her undergraduate degree at Spelman College.