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University of Illinois at Chicago
immigration, citizenship, gun control, state policy, public policy, racial prejudice
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About Me

Alexandra Filindra is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois, Chicago.  She specializes in American immigration policy, immigration decisions, racial prejudice and its effects on policy preferences, public opinion, political psychology and survey research.  Dr. Filindra received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University and served as a post-doctoral researcher at Brown University’s Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions and the Center for the Study of Human Development. Her work has appeared in Political Behavior, Policy Studies Journal, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, Urban Affairs Review, Harvard Education Review, Migration Studies, International Migration and other scholarly journals. Her research has been supported by grants from the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Pew Center for the States, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Rhode Island Foundation. She is the recipient of two best paper awards from the American Political Science Association and the Lucius Barker Award from the Midwest Political Science Association. She has also received a best article award from the Migration Studies Journal.

Recent Publications

Filindra A. and N. Kaplan (forthcoming) “Self-Interest, Values, or Outgroup Attitudes? Testing Theories of Gun Policy Preferences among Blacks, Latinos, and Whites in America,” Social Science Quarterly

Jacobsen, T.G.,  J.V. Isaksen, Filindra, A., J. Strabac (2016) “The Return of Prejudice in Europe’s Regions: The Moderated Relationship between Group Threat and Economic Vulnerability,” Nationalism and Ethnic Politics (online view)

Filindra, A. and N. Kaplan (2016) “Racial resentment and white gun policy preferences in contemporary America,” Political Behavior, 38 (2), 255-275.

Condon M., A. Filindra and A. Wichowsky (2015) “Immigrant Inclusion in the Safety Net: A Framework for Analysis and Effects on Educational Attainment,” Policy Studies Journal, (December 19, 2015) doi: 10.1111/psj.12140

Pearson-Merkowitz  S., A. Filindra and J. Dyck (2015) “When Partisans and Minorities Interact: Interpersonal Contact, Partisanship and Public Opinion Preferences on Immigration Policy” Social Science Quarterly  (May 13, 2015)

Buckinx, B. and A. Filindra (2015) “The Case against Removal: Jus Noci and Harm in Deportation Practice,” Migration Studies, (March 9, 2015)

Media Coverage, “Why the NRA Stands Up for Some Black Gun Owners, But Not Others,”, “NRA’s Offensive Hypocrisy,”, “The obvious reason the NRA isn’t commenting on the Philando Castile police shooting,”, “A Researcher Explains How Racial resentment Drives Opposition to Gun Control,”

Washington Post, “White resentment is fueling opposition to gun control, researchers say,”

USA Today, “Many Will not Self-Deport,”

The Arizona Republic, “Many Will Not Self-Deport,”

The Center for American Progress, “The Facts on Immigration Today,”


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United States, Greece

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