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Michael Danielson


Department of Government
  • Michael S. Danielson is a comparative politics Ph.D. candidate at American University, and also studies American politics and international relations. His research focuses on migration, gender, democratization, local economic development and subnational politics in the Americas. His dissertation is a comparative study of the ways in which migration impacts the political structure of sending-communities in Mexico. He also studies Latino politics in the United States, with a particular focus on local policy initiatives to restrict immigration. Originally from Southern California, he has conducted extensive field research throughout Mexico and studied at the University of Buenos Aires and the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences in Argentina. His research has been supported by a Fulbright-García Robles grant, the Gill Family Foundation, the National Science Foundation and the Neil and Ann Kerwin Doctoral Fellowship. Danielson has worked at the AU Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, the Children's Defense Fund and the Center on Policy Initiatives.
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

"All Immigration Politics is Local: The Day Labor Ordinance in Vista, California,” in Taking Local Control: Immigration Policy Activism in U.S. Cities and States, Monica Varsanyi, ed., 2010, Stanford University Press and the Center on Comparative Immigration Studies, University of California, San Diego.

“Uruguay and Paraguay:  An Arduous Transition,” with Diego Abente Brun, in Latin America: Its Problems and Its Promise, 5th Edition, Jan Knippers Black, ed., 2010, Westview Press.

“Walking Together, but in Which Direction? Gender Discrimination and Multicultural Practices in Oaxaca, Mexico,” with Todd A. Eisenstadt, in Politics and Gender 5:2 (June, 2009)

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

Neil and Ann Kerwin Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2011 – 2012

AU, School of Public Affairs Graduate Honor Dissertation Award, Spring 2011 (declined)

AU, School of Public Affairs Award for Outstanding Scholarship at the Graduate Level, 2009 - 2010

National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant in Political Science, 2010 – 2011

Gill Family Foundation Scholarship for Dissertations Using Quantitative Methods, 2009 - 2010

Fulbright-García Robles grantee to Mexico, 2009 -2010

Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society, Inducted 2009

American University Dean's Award, 2006 – 2009