de Graauw

Els de Graauw

Associate Professor of Political Science, Baruch College, City University of New York
Areas of Expertise:
  • Civic Engagement
  • Cities & Regions
  • Immigration

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About Els

de Graauw’s research and writing focus on immigration and immigrant integration, (sub)urban politics, civic organizations, and public policy. She recently completed a book manuscript on the role of immigrant-serving nonprofit organizations in advocating immigrant integration policies in San Francisco, with a focus on immigrant language rights, labor rights, and municipal ID cards. She currently has underway a comparative study of city immigrant affairs offices in the United States, including case studies of New York, Houston, Detroit, and Louisville. She has served as an expert witness on U.S. integration policies to the Canadian Department of Justice and has shared her research on nonprofit advocacy strategies widely, including with immigrant rights organizations in San Francisco, Oakland, New York, and Houston. She is co-founder of the Migration and Citizenship Section of the American Political Science Association.


Helping the Growing Ranks of Poor Immigrants Living in America's Suburbs

    Shannon Gleeson Irene Bloemraad

No Jargon Podcast

In the News

Els de Graauw quoted on San Francisco’s 2010 noncitizen voting measure, "Why Did Prop. D Fail?" MissionLocal, November 12, 2010.


"The Illegality Trap: The Politics of Immigration and the Lens of Illegality" (with Michael Jones-Correa). Dædalus: Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 142, no. 3 (2013): 185-198.
Examines how the focus on undocumented immigration in contemporary immigration debates has serious negative consequences for both U.S. immigration policy and immigrants, including an overwhelming emphasis on enforcement; legislative gridlock and the failure of comprehensive immigration reform; constitutional conflict resulting from tensions between national, state, and local approaches to dealing with undocumented immigration; and the absence of federal policies addressing immigrant integration.
"Funding Immigrant Organizations: Suburban Free-Riding and Local Civic Presence" (with Irene Bloemraad and Shannon Gleeson). American Journal of Sociology 119, no. 1 (2013).
Identifies, through an examination of municipal public funding for community-based organizations that serve disadvantaged immigrants in four cities in the Bay Area region of Northern California, the phenomenon of suburban free-riding where suburban officials rely on central city resources to serve immigrants, but do not build and fund partnerships with immigrant organizations in their own jurisdictions.