Abigail Williamson, Ph.D.

abigail.williamson@trincoll.edu

Trinity College (CT)

Phone: 6177505621

Address: Trinity College, 300 Summit Street

City: Hartford, Connecticut - 06106

Country: United States

About Me:

I am an Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy & Law at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, researching immigration policy, health policy, urban politics, and political behavior. My book Welcoming New Americans? Local Governments and Immigrant Incorporation (University of Chicago Press, 2018) explains why cities welcome immigrants, and how these efforts both promote and restrict incorporation. I am also a co-editor of the volume, The Politics of New Immigrant Destinations: Transatlantic Perspectives (Temple University Press, 2017).

Currently, I work with an interdisciplinary team of researchers on the AmerRicans' Conceptions of Health Equity Study (ARCHES). We examine how people form and change their understandings of whose health deserves society's attention and investment.

For research funding, I am grateful to the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Ruth Landes Memorial Fund, Time-Sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences (TESS), the Zeit Foundation's Bucerius Scholarship in Migration Studies, and Harvard University's Center for American Political Studies, Hauser Center for Non-Profit Organizations, Saguaro Seminar for Civic Engagement, and Taubman Center for State and Local Government.

From 1998-2001, I worked for the Eurasia Foundation in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia, ultimately as Associate Country Director for the Foundation's Tbilisi, Georgia office. After completing a Masters in Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School, I served from 2003-2005 as a Research Associate and then as Associate Director of the Saguaro Seminar for Civic Engagement. I received a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University in 2011.

Research Interests

Immigration & Citizenship

Refugees

Urban Politics

Health Politics and Policy

Specific Areas of Interest

Local Government

Municipal Immigrant-serving Practices

Countries of Interest

United States

Georgia