Former Wilson Center Fellow Deirdre Moloney will discuss her new book, National Insecurities: Immigrants and U.S. Deportation Policy Since 1882, at a Wilson Center book launch on Thursday, May 10. The event will take place in the Center’s 6th floor Moynihan Board Room from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

The question of who is admitted to the United States and who is kept out has remained an important public policy debate for more than a century. As Deirdre Moloney demonstrates in National Insecurities, the answer has frequently been based on categories created to exclude specific genders, religions, classes, and races. Once immigrants are in the United States, the same categories can be used in deportation policy, with the threat of deportation affecting new arrivals’ workplace activism and civic involvement.

Jean Pfaelzer, professor of American Studies, Asian Studies, Women’s Studies, and English at the University of Delaware, and S. Karthick Ramakrishnan, an associate professor at the University of California, Riverside and current Wilson Center fellow, will serve as the discussants.

About the Author
Deirdre Moloney
is the director of fellowships advising and a lecturer in the Department of History at Princeton University. Before moving to Princeton, she taught at George Mason University, St. Francis University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has lectured widely in the United States on immigration, gender, minorities, and U.S. Catholic history, and has presented her work in the United Kingdom, Portugal, and Germany. Her published work includes: American Catholic Lay Groups and Transatlantic Social Reform in the Progressive Era, as well as numerous articles in scholarly journals and encyclopedias.