Daniel Tichenor

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  • Title: Philip H. Knight Chair of Social Science
  • Additional Title: Director of the Program on Democratic Governance, Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics
  • Phone: 541-346-4707
  • Office: 927 PLC
  • Departments: Law, Political Science
  • Affiliated Departments: Law
  • Interests: Immigration political and policy, political institutions, social movements, ethnic and racial politics, patterns of nativism, religion and politics, war and civil liberties.
  • Curriculum Vitae


Daniel J. Tichenor is the Philip H. Knight Chair of Social Science and Director of the Program on Democratic 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. He has published seven scholarly books and volumes. 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 also has published over 70 articles and book chapers in venues icluding 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 research 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 recently 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 Democracy's Child, which examines the political regulation, iconography, and agency 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 (https://waynemorsecenter.uoregon.edu/scholars), 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 regular delivers public lectures to popular audiences and has shared his expertise on National Public Radio and cable news, as well as to readers of The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The 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.  


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

The Politics of International Migration, with Marc Rosenblum, Oxford Handbook Series, (New York: Oxford University Press, new paperback 2017).

“Populists, Clients, and U.S. Immigration Wars: Modes of Immigration Politics in American Development,” Polity, 2020.

“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.

“Contingent Belonging: Diversity, Power, and Identity in the U.S. Southwest,” with Robin Jacobson, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Winter, 2019.


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




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 book is Rivalry and Reform: Presidents, Social Movements, and the Transformation of American Politics (University of Chicago Press, 2019).