Alexandra Filindra

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    College: Liberal Arts and Sciences Department: Political Science
    Title: Assistant Professor
    Office: BSB 1108D Phone: 8482181943
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    Dr. Filindra's research focuses on immigration policy in the United States and elsewhere. Her main normative concern is to develop new, research-based ways to combat racism and prejudice.

    She is especially interested in understanding the political, social and economic roots of anti-immigrant prejudice and why people support restrictive laws such as the Arizona or the Alabama immigration laws. Furthermore, her work looks at the rise of the extreme right in Europe and especially in Greece.

    Another key interest is border enforcement and deterrence theory. Her work problematizes the "rational actor" assumption of border and domestic immigration enforcement policies.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 10

    Qualifications of a Student:
    If you are interested in working with me, you should have at least 3.5 GPA, a major in political science, psychology, sociology or economics and at least two semesters of quantitative methods and statistics. Fluency in Spanish is a big bonus.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    Students who work with me will be expected to do a combination of the following:

    1. help with the data collection for a major legislative database of immigration bills and laws across all 50 states;
    2. transcribe interviews;
    3. participate in interviews;
    4. assist with literature review
    5. help create charts and figures from data

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