Skrentny is an expert in political and legal issues regarding immigration, civil rights, jobs and equal opportunity. He has extensively researched the development of rights for racial minorities, women, the disabled and other groups; the politics of immigration policy in the U.S., Europe and Asia; and (in a new project) the connections between the supply of science and engineering workers in the U.S., the global competition for highly-skilled immigrants and job creation. He has co-authored an amicus curiae brief to the Supreme Court, addressed the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and provided policy background to the San Diego Democratic Party.
In the News
Shows that foreign PhDs apply to and receive job offers from technology startups at the same rate as US PhDs, but are less than half as likely to work in a startup. Presents evidence that this discrepancy is not explained by foreign PhDs’ preferences for established firm jobs, risk tolerance, or preference for higher pay, suggesting that visa policies may deter foreign PhDs from working in startups.
Examines how President Obama used executive action to secure support from Latino voters despite his inability to deliver comprehensive immigration reform.