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Daniel Tichenor

Philip H. Knight Chair of Social Science
Director of the Program on Democratic Governance, Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics
Law, Political Science
Phone: 541-346-4707
Office: 927 PLC
Office Hours: Sp24: Monday 1:00-4:00
Research Interests: Immigration and Citizenship, Social Movements, The American Presidency, Ethnic and Racial Politics, Patterns of Nativism, Religion and Politics, War and Civil Liberties


Daniel Tichenor is the Philip H. Knight Chair of Social Science at the University of Oregon. He also directs the Program on Democratic Governance at the Wayne Morse Center. He has published seven books and over 70 scholarly articles and chapters, and has received APSA's Kammerer Book Award, the Jack Walker Prize, The Redd Award, the Polity Award, and the Parker Follett Award for his scholarshp. He was selected in the 2015 inaugural class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows, and also has been a CDSP Fellow at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School, a Governmental Studies Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and the Abba Schwartz Fellow on Immigration and Refugee Policy at the JFK Presidential Library. His most recent books are Rivalry and Reform: Presidents, Social Movements, and the Transformation of American Politics, with Sidney Milkis, (University of Chicago Press, 2019) and Democracy's Child: Young People and the Politics of Control, Leverage, and Agency, with Alison Gash (Oxford University Press, 2022). 


Daniel Tichenor is a Philip H. Knight Chair, a professor of Political Science, and director of the Wayne Morse Center’s Program for Democratic Governance. His research focuses on immigration policy, patterns of nativism, social movements, and national political institutions. He has published seven books and more than 80 journal articles and book chapters.  His books include Dividing Lines: The Politics of Immigration Control (Princeton University Press), The Oxford Handbook on the Politics of International Migration (Oxford University Press), with Marc Rosenblum, Rivalry and Reform: Presidents, Social Movements, and the Transformation of American Politics (University of Chicago Press), with Sidney Milkis, and Democracy’s Child: Young People and the Politics of Control, Leverage, and Agency (Oxford University Press), with Alison Gash. His forthcoming book is Unsettled: Governing Immigration in a Polarized Nation (Princeton University Press). 

His research awards include the American Political Science Association’s Gladys Kammerer Award, Jack Walker Prize, Mary Parker Follette Award, Polity Prize, and Charles Redd Award.  He has been a fellow at Princeton’s School of Policy and International Affairs, a research fellow at the Brookings Institution, the Abba Schwartz Fellow at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, a research scholar at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, and was named to the inaugural class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows in 2015. He is the recipient of the A.J. Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching and the 2020 Williams Fellowship for “exceptional and innovative teaching.” 

He has testified and provided expert briefings to Congress on immigration reform and history, and provided commentary and essays for National Public RadioThe AtlanticThe Washington PostThe New York TimesThe Utne Reader, and The Nation


Democracy's Child: Young People and the Politics of Control, Leverage, adn Agency (New York: Oxford University Press, 2022).

“Populists, Clients, and U.S. Immigration Wars: Modes of Immigration Politics in American Development,” Polity (Winter 2021).

 “Race, Ethnicity and American Immigration Policy,” with Anna Law, forthcoming in David Leal, Taeku Lee, and Mark Sawyer, Oxford Handbook on Racial and Ethnic Politics in the United States, (Oxford University Press, 2021). 

“Rival Visions of Nationhood: Immigration Policy, Grand Strategy, and Contentious Politics,” forthcoming in Christopher Nichols, Rethinking Grand Strategy (New York: Oxford University Press, 2021).

Rivalry and Reform: Presidents, Social Movements, and the Transformation of American Politics, with Sidney Milkis, (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019). Named Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2019. 

“The Modern Presidency and the Washington Lobbying Community,” in The Presidency and the Political System, edited by Michael Nelson (Congressional Quarterly Press, 2020).

“Framing Kids: Children, Immigration Reform, and Same-Sex Marriage,” with Alison Gash, Angelita Chavez, and Malori Musselman, Politics, Groups, and Identities, Fall 2019.

“Tenuous Belonging: Diversity, Power, and Identity in the U.S. Southwest,” with Robin Jacobson, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Winter, 2019. Winner of WPSA's Charles Redd Award.


The Politics of International Migration, with Marc Rosenblum, Oxford Handbook Series, (New York: Oxford University Press, new paperback edition in 2018).