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James Hollifield

RAFDI Working Group Co-chair; Global Fellow


    January 1, 2017 — December 31, 2025

    Professional affiliation

    Professor of Political Science and Director, Tower Center SMU

    Wilson Center Projects

    "The Emerging Migration State"

    Full Biography

    James Hollifield is Professor of Political Science, Ora Nixon Arnold Chair in International Political Economy, and Director of the Tower Center at Southern Methodist University. He is a Wilson Center Global Fellow. He received his PhD in political science from Duke University in 1985. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he has worked as a consultant for a variety of governmental and intergovernmental organizations, and he has published widely on international political and economic issues, including Immigrants, Markets and States (Harvard UP), Migration Theory (Routledge), and Controlling Immigration (Stanford UP). His current projects include The Emerging Migration State—a study of how states manage international migration for strategic gains—and International Political Economy: History, Theory and Policy (Cambridge UP).

    Major Publications

    • Immigrants, Markets and States (Harvard)
    • Controlling Immigration (Stanford)
    • Migration Theory (Routledge)

    Previous Terms

    Public Policy Fellow, Sept. 2015-Aug. 2016