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Daniel Tichenor

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  • Affiliation: courtesy, faculty
  • Title: Philip H. Knight Chair of Social Science
  • Additional Title: Director of the Program on Democratic Engagement and Governance
  • Phone: 541-346-4707
  • Office: 927 PLC
  • Office Hours: Mon 10:00-1:00 in Knight Law Center 280 (weeks 1-10 & finals week)
  • Programs, Research and Outreach: Wayne Morse Center
  • Interests: immigration politics and policy, American presidency, national security and civil liberties, interest groups and social movements,
  • Curriculum Vitae


          Daniel J. Tichenor is the Philip H. Knight Chair of Political Science and Director of the Program on Democratic Engagement and Governance of the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics.. His research interests include immigration and refugee policy, presidential politics, social movements and interest groups, children and politics, and American political development.  His most recent book (with Sidney Milkis) is Rivalry and Reform: Presidents, Social Movements, and the Transformation of American Politics (University of Chicago Press, 2018). The Politics of International Migration (Oxford University Press), with Marc Rosenblum, has recently been published in paperback. His book, Dividing Lines: The Politics of Immigration Control (Princeton University Press) , won the American Political Science Association’s Gladys Kammerer Award for the best book on U.S. public policy. Other reseach awards include APSA's Jack Walker Prize, the Mary Parker Follette Award from the Politics and History section, the Emerging Scholar Award from the Political Organizations and Parties section,  the Polity Prize from the Northeastern Political Science Assocation, and the Charles Redd Award from the Western Political Science Association. He has published seven books and articles in Perspectives, International Migration Review, Studies in American Political Development, Political Science Quaterly, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Journal of American Ethnic History, Polity, Journal of Policy History, and other scholarly journals.  He was named to the inaugural class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows in 2015, awarded to "extraordinary scholars addressing urgent challenges to U.S. democracy and international order."

         He  is currently working on two reearch projects. The first is a collaborative study of immigration politics and immigrant integration in U.S. states and localities from the nineteenth century to present (focusing on Arizona, New Mexico, Maryland, and Virginia). This project, States of Immigration, supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, will be completed in 2019 and was reently featured in a special forum of the Journal of American Ethnic History. The second is a study of children and politics with Alison Gash, titled The Politicized Child, which examines the legal treatment, roles, and activism of young people in democratic politics. 

         Tichenor teaches courses on Power and Inequality, Democratic Dilemmas, American Government, The American Presidency, Public Policy and Democracy, Immigration and Refugee Politics, and American Political Development. He has received a variety of teaching and mentorship awards, including the University of Oregon's Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching. He created and directs the Wayne Morse Scholars program, which provides seminars, internships, and community for UO sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are passionate about public affairs and service (, and runs the Public Affairs Speaker Series for the Wayne Morse Center.  He has testified and provided expert briefings to Congress on immigraiton reform and history, and enjoys taking his academic work to popular audiences on National Public Radio and cable news, as well as to readers of The AtlanticThe New York TimesThe Utne Reader, and The Nation. He has been a Research Fellow in Governmental Studies at the Brookings Institution, a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University, a Faculty Scholar at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, and the Abba P. Schwartz Fellow of Immigration and Refugee Policy at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library.







“Historical Set Points and the Development of Presidential Emergency Power,” Perspectives on Politics 11, no.3 (September, 2013): 769-788. Explains controversial counterterrorism policies (and limits on civil liberties) during the Bush and Obama years in terms of long-term expansions in presidential emergency power.
“’Rallying Force’: The Modern Presidency, Social Movements and the Transformation of American Politics” (with Sidney Milkis and Laura Blessing), Presidential Studies Quarterly (September 2013). Focusing on Lyndon Johnson's uneasy but critical relationship to the Civil Rights movement and Ronald Reagan's enlistment of the Christian Right into the Republican Party, we trace the emergence of a novel form of politics since the 1960s that joins executive prerogative, grass roots insurgency, and party polarization.
Oxford Handbook of the Politics of International Migration (with Marc Rosenblum) (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012). This volume explores the causes and consequences of contemporary immigration from economic, social, cultural and political perspectives, as well as immigration policy and immigrant integration in historical and cross-national contexts. 
“Raising Arizona v. United States: Historical Patterns of American Immigration Federalism,” (with Alexandra Filindra) Lewis and Clark Law Review 16, no.4 (2012): 1215-1246.Analyzes the recent Supreme Court decision as a window onto the devolution of immigration policymaking and intergovernmental struggles over time.
“Solidarities and Restrictions: Labor and Immigration Policy in the United States,” (with Janice Fine)The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Political Science 10, no.1 (2012). Looks at the evolving relationship between immigration and the American labor movement, taking stock of competing interests, traditions, and opportunities. 


Daniel Tichenor is senior faculty fellow at the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics and Philip H. Knight Professor of Social Science. He has published numerous works on immigration policy and politics; the American presidency; public policy; and American political thought and political history. Tichenor has been a faculty scholar at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University, research fellow in Governmental Studies at the Brookings Institute, Abba P. Schwartz Fellow in Immigration and Refugee Policy at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, and research scholar at the Eagleton Institute of Politics.

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