Dr. James Hollifield, Professor of International Political Economy, Southern Methodist University, and Global Fellow, Wilson Center

Dr. James Hollifield, Professor of International Political Economy, Southern Methodist University, and Global Fellow, Wilson Center

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We are very pleased that Dr. James F. Hollifield has agreed to speak to our Committee on the timely topic of immigration. Dr. Hollifield is Ora Nixon Arnold Professor in International Political Economy and Director of the Tower Center at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas. He is a member of the New York Council on Foreign Relations and a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington, DC.

Dr. Hollifield has written widely on issues of political and economic development with a focus on migration, and he has served as an advisor to governments in North and South America, Europe, Africa, and East Asia. He consults with many international organizations, including the United Nations, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the European Union, and the Organization of American States.

His major books include Immigrants, Markets and States (Harvard), L’Immigration et l’Etat Nation: à la recherche d’un modelè national (L’Harmattan), Pathways to Democracy: The Political Economy of Democratic Transitions (with Calvin Jillson, Routledge), Migration, Trade and Development (with Pia Orrenius and Thomas Osang, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas), Herausforderung Migration— Perspektiven der vergleichenden Politikwissenschaft (with Uwe Hunger, Verlag), Migration Theory (with Caroline Brettell, Routledge, now in its 3rd edition), and Controlling Immigration (with Philip Martin and Pia Orrenius, Stanford, also in its 3rd edition).

His current book projects are The Migration State (Harvard)—a study of how states manage international migration for strategic gains—and International Political Economy: History, Theory and Policy (with Thomas Osang, Cambridge). He also has published numerous scientific articles and reports on the political economy of international migration and development.

Dr. Hollifield was educated at Wake Forest College (BA with honors in politics and economics), and he studied at Sciences Po Grenoble and Paris (DEA in applied economics) before completing his PhD in political science at Duke University. In addition to SMU he has taught at Brandeis University, served as a Research Fellow at Harvard’s Center for European Studies and MIT’s Center for International Studies, and was appointed Director of Research at the CNRS and Sciences Po in Paris. He is a Fellow at the Center for US-Mexican Studies at the University of California at San Diego, at the Institut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA) at the University of Bonn, and the Global Migration Centre at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.

In 2016, Hollifield received a Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Studies Association, and in 2021 he was appointed as a Fellow of the French Institute of Advanced Studies in Paris.

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