Research

 Books

Immigration and Conflict in Europe
Cambridge University Press (Studies in Comparative Politics), 2010

2011 Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Winner of the 2011 Best Book Award given out by the European Politics and Society Section, American Political Science Association

Based on the 2007 dissertation “Immigration and Conflict”, winner of the 2008 Gabriel A. Almond Award for the best dissertation in Comparative Politics, American Political Science Association

Reviewed in: Choice, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, Foreign Affairs, International Affairs, Journal of Politics, Mobilization, Perspectives on Politics, Political Studies Review, Social Forces.

Contemporary debates give the impression that the presence of immigrants necessarily spells strife. Yet as Immigration and Conflict in Europe shows, the incidence of conflict involving immigrants and their descendants has varied widely across groups, cities, and countries. The book presents a theory to account for this uneven pattern, explaining why we observe clashes between immigrants and natives in some locations but not in others and why some cities experience confrontations between immigrants and state actors while others are spared from such conflicts. The book addresses how economic conditions interact with electoral incentives to account for immigrant-native and immigrant-state conflict across groups and cities within Great Britain as well as across Germany and France. I highlight the importance of national immigration regimes and local political economies in shaping immigrants' economic position and political behavior, demonstrating how economic and electoral forces, rather than cultural differences, determine patterns of conflict and calm.

Dilemmas of Inclusion: The Political Representation of Muslims in Europe (under contract with Princeton University Press)

When, why and how do political parties include groups who provoke opposition from core voters? And what are the consequences of inclusion for the nature of party politics? Dilemmas of Inclusion introduces new arguments and a wealth of original evidence to answer these questions in the context of Muslim electoral incorporation in Europe. It focuses in particular on the dilemmas faced by the Left: Left parties are typically agents of inclusion, but how do parties committed to secular, progressive values incorporate groups whose views about religion, sexuality and gender equality deviate considerably from the party line?  The book thus addresses how the multicultural dilemma – the tensions faced by liberal states that recognize internally illiberal cultural groups – plays out in the electoral sphere, and it reveals how parties in Austria, Belgium, Germany, and the UK are resolving these dilemmas.

Articles and Book Chapters

2015. "Why are Immigrants Underrepresented in Politics? Evidence from Sweden." With Karl-Oskar Lindgren, Sven Oskarsson, and Kåre Vernby. American Political Science Review 109(4): 703-724. *Winner of the 2015 SAGE Best Paper Award, Comparative Politics Section, APSA

2015. "Globalization, Labor Market Risks, and Class Cleavages." In The Politics of Advanced Capitalism, eds. Pablo Beramendi, Silja Häusermann, Herbert Kitschelt, and Hanspeter Kriesi. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. With Stefanie Walter.

2014. “Immigration into Europe: Economic Discrimination, Violence and Public Policy,” with David D. Laitin.  Annual Review of Political Science 17: 43-64.

2014. “Attitudes Toward Immigration in Good Times and in Bad,” with Michael Donnelly. In Mass Politics in Tough Times, eds. Nancy Bermeo and Larry M. Bartels. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2014. "Electoral Rules or Electoral Leverage?: Explaining Muslim Representation in England." World Politics 66(2): 229-263.      *Winner of the 2015 Best Article Prize, Migration and Citizenship Section, APSA

2013. “Culture, Context, and the Political Incorporation of Immigrant-origin Groups in Europe.” In Outsiders No More? Models of Immigrant Political Incorporation, eds. Jennifer Hochschild, Jacqueline Chattopadhyay, Claudine Gay, and Michael Jones-Correa. New York: Oxford University Press.

2013. "The Left and Minority Representation: The Labour Party, Muslim Candidates, and Inclusion Tradeoffs." Comparative Politics 46(1): 1-21. Lead Article.

2013. “Sectoral Economies, Economic Contexts, and Attitudes toward Immigration,” with Michael D. Donnelly.  Journal of Politics 75(1): 17-35.  *Winner of the 2014 Best Article Prize, European Politics and Society Section, APSA
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2010. “Hate Crimes,” with Donald P. Green, in Handbook of Prejudice, Stereotyping, and Discrimination, eds. John F. Dovidio, Miles Hewstone, Peter Glick, and Victoria M. Esses. London: Sage.

2007. “The Politics of Race and Immigration in Great Britain: An Uneasy Balance,” in Racism, Xenophobia, and Distribution, John Roemer, Woojin Lee and Karine Van der Straeten. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

2007. “Immigration and the Institutionalization of Xenophobia in France,” in Racism, Xenophobia, and Distribution, John Roemer, Woojin Lee and Karine Van der Straeten. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

2006. “A New Electorate? Comparing Preferences and Partisanship between Immigrants and Natives,” with Elizabeth N. Saunders, American Journal of Political Science 50 (4): 962–981.