Politics and Government
Robin Jacobson is the author or editor of two books on immigration and race, as they pertain to American politics. Her recent project, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, investigates why some states in the U.S. become places of exclusion for immigrants, while others work hard to integrate and include immigrants. Her book, The New Nativism: Proposition 187 and the Debate over Immigration (University of Minnesota Press, 2008), explores the role race plays in the activities of politicians and others aiming to restrict immigration. She co-edited Faith and Race in American Political Life (University of Virginia Press, 2012), a well-received book focused on the intersection of race and religion and the central role they play in defining American politics. Other published articles explored the debate over birthright citizenship, interest groups and immigration, and the relationship between the labor movement and immigration politics. Her public lectures include “The Politics of Immigration Reform.” She serves on the Washington State Practice of Law board, which considers ways to transform the legal profession to improve access and justice. She is also active with Freedom Education Project Puget Sound, an organization providing college-level courses to incarcerated women in the Pacific Northwest. Jacobson teaches courses in American politics including race and ethnicity, social movements, and immigration politics.
B.S., Johns Hopkins University, 1996; Ph.D., University of Oregon, 2004