Abbas BenmamounAbbas Benmamoun is the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement and Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and Linguistics. In his role as Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement since 2017, he provides leadership, guidance, and oversight of University-wide strategies and programs to support faculty excellence. The office oversees faculty development programs and partners with Duke schools, departments, and other academic programs to advance faculty careers and enhance faculty success at Duke. Benmamoun earned his BA from the Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco, master’s degree from University College London, and PhD from the University of Southern California. He served on the faculty and administration of the University of Illinois and the faculty of the University of Wisconsin and the University of London’s School of Oriental & African Studies. Benmamoun’s research focuses on the comparative syntax and morphology of natural language and heritage languages, particularly on issues of language maintenance and loss within immigrant communities. His publications include The Feature Structure of Functional Categories: A Comparative Study of Arabic Dialects (Oxford University Press), Arabic Syntax (Cambridge University Press), and The Routledge Handbook of Arabic Linguistics (Routledge).
Noah PickusNoah Pickus is Associate Provost and Senior Advisor at Duke University, Dean of Undergraduate Curricular Affairs and Faculty Development at Duke Kunshan University, and Professor of the Practice at the Sanford School of Public Policy. Pickus was previously the Nannerl O. Keohane Director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University and the founding director of the Institute for Emerging Issues at NC State University. He currently co-directs the Arizona State University-Georgetown University Academy for Innovation in Higher Education Leadership Intensive Program. He previously co-directed the Brookings-Duke Immigration Policy Roundtable and is the author of True Faith and Allegiance: Immigration and American Civic Nationalism (Princeton University Press), Immigration and Citizenship in the 21st Century (Rowman & Littlefield) and a Brookings-Duke policy report, Breaking the Immigration Stalemate: From Deep Disagreements to Constructive Proposals.
Suzanne Shanahan is Nannerl O. Keohane Director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics and Associate Research Professor in Sociology at Duke University. Suzanne also directs the Kenan Refugee Project and DukeEngage Dublin. Her current research focuses on forced migration and moral responsibility. More specifically, Shanahan’s work explores the impact of displacement on refugee well-being and moral boundaries before and after resettlement with particular focus on Bhutanese, Iraqi and Syrian refugees. This community-based research is a collaboration with communities both in the Middle East and with newcomer communities in North Carolina. Other work explores the dynamics of racial collective action in the United States and Europe.
Moderator: Suzanne Shanahan
Michael Brendan DoughertyMichael Brendan Dougherty is the author of My Father Left Me Ireland: An American Son’s Search for Home (Sentinel, 2019). He is a senior writer at National Review. He is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute’s Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies division, where he is researching the republican tradition in American political thought. Previously, Dougherty served as Senior Writer at The Week, Politics Editor at Business Insider, and Senior Writer at The American Conservative. His work has been featured in numerous publications including ESPN Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, The American Spectator, and Politico.
Jose Antonio VargasJose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and theatrical producer. A leading voice for the human rights of immigrants, he founded the non-profit media and culture organization Define American, named one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company. His best-selling memoir, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, was published by HarperCollins in 2018. Most recently, he co-produced Heidi Schreck’s acclaimed play What the Constitution Means to Me, which opened on Broadway in spring 2019.
In 2011, The New York Times Magazine published a groundbreaking essay he wrote in which he revealed and chronicled his life in America as an undocumented immigrant. A year later, he appeared on the cover of TIME magazine worldwide with fellow undocumented immigrants as part of a follow-up cover story he wrote. He then produced and directed "Documented", an autobiographical documentary feature film that aired on CNN and received a 2015 NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Documentary. Also in 2015, MTV aired "White People", an Emmy-nominated television special he produced and directed on what it means to be young and white in a demographically-changing America.
Among accolades he has received are the Freedom to Write Award from PEN Center USA and honorary degrees from Colby College and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Passionate about the role of arts in society and promoting equity in education, he serves on the advisory board of TheDream.US, a scholarship fund for undocumented immigrant students.
A product of the San Francisco Bay Area, he is a proud graduate of San Francisco State University (’04), where he was named Alumnus of the Year in 2012, and Mountain View High School (’00). An elementary school named after Vargas opened in his hometown of Mountain View, California in August, 2019.
Moderator: Deondra RoseDeondra Rose is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Political Science in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. Her research focuses on US higher education policy, political behavior, American political development, and the politics of inequality. She is the author of Citizens By Degree: Higher Education Policy and the Changing Gender Dynamics of American Politics (Oxford University Press, 2018). Rose serves as the Director of Research for the Center for Politics, Leadership, Innovation, and Service (POLIS) at Duke, and as Co-director of the North Carolina Scholars Strategy Network (SSN). A summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Georgia, Rose received her MA and PhD in Government from Cornell University, with a specialization in American politics and public policy.
Michael HardtMichael Hardt teaches political theory in the Literature Program at Duke University. His most recent book, coauthored with Antonio Negri, Assembly (Oxford University Press, 2017) addresses the organization and political potential of contemporary “leaderless” social movements. He serves as editor of the South Atlantic Quarterly and, together with Sandro Mezzadra, directs the “Social Movements Lab” at Duke. He has also participated since summer 2018 in Mediterranea, an Italian activist project for migrant aid and rescue in the Mediterranean Sea, and is a member of the board of directors of the migrant aid non-profit Saving Humans USA.
Eric KaufmannEric Kaufmann is Professor and Assistant Dean of Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author of Whiteshift: Immigration, Populism and the Future of White Majorities (Penguin/Abrams, 2018/19); Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth (Profile Books, 2010), The Rise and Fall of Anglo-America (Harvard, 2004), The Orange Order (Oxford, 2007) and one other book. He wrote a report for the think tank Demos entitled Changing Places: mapping the white British response to ethnic change (Demos, 2014). He has written numerous journal articles, focusing in the past decade on quantitative studies of public opinion and voting (Google Scholar profile: 2347 citations, h-index 24, i10-index 44). He is co-editor, among others, of Political Demography (Oxford, 2012) and editor of Rethinking Ethnicity: Majority Groups and Dominant Minorities (Routledge, 2004). An editor of the journal Nations & Nationalism, he has written for Newsweek International, Foreign Affairs, New Statesman and Prospect magazines and his work has been covered in major newspapers and magazines in the UK and US since 2007.
Ana Raquel MinianAna Raquel Minian is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at Stanford University. Her first book, Undocumented Lives: The Untold Story of Mexican Migration (Harvard University Press, 2018) explores how unauthorized migration from Mexico to the United States became an entrenched phenomenon in the years between 1965 and 1986. A version of a chapter of Minian's book entitled "De Terruño a Terruño: Re-imagining Belonging Through Clubes Sociales,” was published in The Journal of American History in June 2017. It analyzes the growth of migrant organizations that sent aid to Mexico from Los Angeles between the early 1960s to the mid-1980s. Beyond work from her book, she also published “Indiscriminate and Shameless Sex: The Strategic Use of Sexuality by the United Farm Workers” in American Quarterly in 2013. This article examines the ways in which the union used a sexual discourse to propagate its labor goals.
Peter WehnerPeter Wehner is Vice President and Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC and the Pamela and Jack Egan Visiting Professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy and Trinity College of Arts & Sciences at Duke University. He is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and a contributing editor for The Atlantic magazine. Mr. Wehner has written for numerous other publications—including TIME magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Financial Times, The Weekly Standard, National Review, Commentary, National Affairs, and Christianity Today. He has also appeared frequently as a commentator on MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, CBS, PBS, and C-SPAN television.
Nicholas KristofHow good do you really have to be, to be christened the reporter’s reporter…by other reporters? You have to be Nicholas Kristof – good. After working in France, Kristof began backpacking in Africa and Asia, writing articles to cover his expenses. He’s lived on four continents, reported on six, and traveled to more than 150 countries. During his travels, he has caught malaria, experienced wars, confronted warlords, encountered an Indonesian mob carrying heads on pikes, and survived an African airplane crash. Kristof not only managed to survive and press on, he also won two Pulitzers in the process – advocating for human rights and giving a voice to the voiceless.
After joining The New York Times in 1984, Kristof served as a correspondent in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Tokyo. He has covered presidential politics, interviewed everyone from President Obama to Iranian President Ahmadinejad, and was the first blogger on The New York Times website. A documentary about him, "Reporter", executive-produced by Ben Affleck, aired on HBO, and he has millions of followers on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Kristof has won innumerable awards including the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the Anne Frank Award and the Fred Cuny Award for Prevention of Armed Conflict. He also serves on the boards of Harvard University and the Association of American Rhodes Scholars. Jeffrey Toobin of CNN, his Harvard classmate, said of Kristof: "I’m not surprised to see him emerge as the moral conscience of our generation of journalists. I am surprised to see him as the Indiana Jones of our generation of journalists.” George Clooney, said himself, that he became engaged in Sudan after reading Kristof columns, and traveled with Kristof to the fringes of Darfur – rooming with him on the floor of a cheap hotel – motivating Clooney to make this video of Kristof: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agLP0hTUC9k As a speaker, Nicholas Kristof always keeps audiences on the edge of their seats with his moving storytelling and incomparable insights into the events that shape our world. Audiences are captivated by his global adventures and leave inspired to drive change, take on challenges and make a difference. As one lecture series attested, “You could hear a pin drop in the auditorium because he was spellbinding.”
Moderator: Kerry AbramsKerry Abrams is the James B. Duke and Benjamin N. Duke Dean of the School of Law and Professor of Law at Duke University. Dean Abrams teaches courses in immigration, citizenship, and family law, and is well known for scholarly writing on family-based migration, the legal regulation of immigrant families, the history of immigration law, and constitutional family rights. Prior to her appointment at Duke Law, Dean Abrams served on the law faculty of the University of Virginia for thirteen years, and, more recently, as Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs. In 2011, she was named the Albert Clark Tate, Jr., Research Professor of Law, and in 2012, she received the McFarland Award for excellence in legal scholarship. As Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, she was responsible for university-wide faculty recruitment and retention, faculty policies, the promotion and tenure process, and professional and leadership development programs for faculty.
Charles ClotfelterCharles Clotfelter is Z. Smith Reynolds Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Economics and Law at Duke University, where he has taught since 1979. He is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. His major research interests are in the economics of education, the nonprofit sector, and public finance. He is the author of Unequal Colleges in the Age of Disparity (Harvard University Press, 2017), Big-Time Sports in American Universities (Cambridge University Press, 2011), After Brown: The Rise and Retreat of School Desegregation (Princeton University Press, 2004), Buying the Best: Cost Escalation in Elite Higher Education (Princeton University Press, 1996), and Federal Tax Policy and Charitable Giving (University of Chicago Press, 1985). He is also coauthor (with Philip Cook) of Selling Hope: State Lotteries in America (Princeton University Press, 1989) and has coauthored or edited five other books pertaining to higher education and the nonprofit sector. He was co-winner of the Gladys M. Kammerer prize, awarded by the American Political Science Association for the best political science publication in the field of US national policy in 2004, for After Brown: The Rise and Retreat of School Desegregation. In 2011, he was selected to give the Spencer Foundation Award Lecture at the meetings of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. In 2015 he was elected to the National Academy of Education.
Eisha JainProfessor Eisha Jain is a 2019-2020 Visiting Professor of Law at the Duke University School of Law (teaching Immigration Law and Criminal Law) and Assistant Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on immigration enforcement and the blurring boundaries between civil and criminal law. She has recently written about interior immigration enforcement, arrests, and collateral consequences. Her publications appear or are forthcoming in the Stanford Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Duke Law Journal, and the Georgetown Law Journal, among others. Prior to joining the UNC faculty in 2016, Jain held a law research fellowship at Georgetown University Law Center where she taught Criminal Law. She also previously taught Immigration Enforcement at the University of Virginia School of Law. For her civil rights work, she was selected as a Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist. Jain earned her JD from Yale Law School, where she served as a student director in the Immigration and Child Advocacy clinics and was awarded the Michael Egger Prize for the best student article published in the Yale Law Journal on a current social problem She clerked for Judge Walter K. Stapleton of the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.