Lina Newton, Ph.D.

City University of New York - Hunter College

Phone: (212)772-5500

Address: Hunter College, CUNY

City: New York, New York - 10065

Country: United States

Research Interests

Immigration & Citizenship

Public Policy

State and Local Politics

Race, Ethnicity and Politics

Immigration Policy

Legalization Policies

Immigrant Integration

Countries of Interest

United States

My Research:

I am broadly interested in how American politics has been shaped by immigration and immigration control policies.  My research on U.S. immigration policy and policy history at the national, state, and local levels.  My book, Illegal, Alien or Immigrant (New York University Press 2008) examines the relationship between political discourse about immigration, the use of immigration myths, and policy changes in the 1980s and 1990s.  I also conduct research on conflict and cooperation between states and Washington, DC on immigration issues, and have several articles in academic journals on the subject.


Journal Articles:

(2018) Immigration politics by proxy: state agency in an era of national reluctance, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

ABSTRACT While attempts to reform immigration policy have stalled in the U.S. Congress, statehouses across the country are responsible for an explosion in immigration lawmaking. This study uses an intergovernmental relations framework to identify shifting allocations of authority and contested scales of jurisdiction that now characterise the U.S. immigration policy. It presents an analysis of more than 2200 state bills passed over eight years (2006–2013), and supplements this with a case study of drivers’ licence and identification laws. The study is unique in its consideration of the ways that dispersed authority in multi-level systems may amplify rather than defuse contentious immigration politics.

Books Written:

(2008) Illegal, Alien, or Immigrant: The Politics of Immigration Reform, New York University Press

Explores political discourse about immigration and shifting debates about U.S. policy reforms in the 1980s and 1990s.

Media Appearances:

TV Appearances:

(2016) Fox 5 News, New York

"Could Republicans hold a brokered convention?" by Stacy Delikat. Provided explanation of centested, brokered convention and issues involved should the Republican Party hold such a convention.

Radio Appearances:

(2019) WNYC (NPR)

Discussion of Electoral College and implications for reform.

Newspaper Quotes:

(2018) New York Times

NY State midterm elections “Democratic Insurgents Topple 6 New York Senate Incumbents,”


Quoted on presidential candidate uses of the terms "illegal" and "undocumented" when addressing questions concerning unauthorized immigrants.


(2017) Politifact

Quoted concerning Sen. Tom Cotton's claims that the Dream Act would lead to a jump in immigration numbers.