My career began in the nonprofit sector before I went on to get my Ph.D. in Political Science at UCLA. I have held administrative positions as Chief Academic Officer and Provost at Menlo College, Vice Provost at University of Texas at Austin, and Director of the Center for European Studies. As a professor my areas of focus are Western European Politics, Immigration Policy, and Radical Right Parties. I write on current events related to immigration politics, populism, politics in the U.S. and Europe, and education policy. My most recent book manuscript on anti-discrimination policy in Europe, Legislating Equality, was published by Oxford University Press in May of 2014.
I have also worked on internationalization and undergraduate curriculum at UT Austin. I have a strong interest in community development, K-12 education and improving language education.
Specialties: Research, writing, analyzing institutional impacts on immigration and integration policy, problem-solving.
World Policy Journal, “How the Left Can Right Itself” (contact me for pdf copy)
Abstract: Many pundits and politicians blame the left’s neglect of white working-class voters for the success of far-right parties in Europe and the U.S. But sidelining or deriding diversity isn’t the answer, writes political science professor Terri E. Givens. Instead, mainstream left parties must build broad-based support for a multiethnic approach to governance that addresses inequality, strengthens unions, and develops sustainable immigration policies.
H-Diplo/ISSF Policy Roundtable, “From Jews to Syrians, America’s Long History of Rejecting Refugees”
Terri in the news:
Inside Higher Ed – Latest Column: Truths to Be Told: Leaving Grad School and Getting a Job
Previous Media Contributions:
PBS “To the Contrary” with Bonnie Erbe: June 2012
Canadian Public Television, TVO, The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Hate in Europe
BBC: Riots in France
Time Warner Cable News: Rep. McCaul Calls for Tech-Based Solutions for Border Security
Radio and Podcasts
World Policy On Air: 28 Apr World Policy On Air, Ep. 117: “How the Left Can Right Itself”
KUT public radio Austin: Can National Guard Troops Make Arrests Along the Texas Border?
KQED public radio San Francisco: At San Francisco State, Class Uses Local Issues as a Political Science Lab
Video and YouTube
University of Texas Border Views: Europe’s immigration policies for skilled workers compared to the U.S. approach
UC Berkeley Center Institute for European Studies: Populism, Immigration, and Discrimination: A Transatlantic Perspective
Inside Higher Ed Column: Running Round the Ivory Tower
German Marshall Fund: Europe’s Fight against Discrimination
Politico Magazine: Time for a Latino Political Party?
Washington Post Monkey Cage Blog:
Huffpost Latino: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/terri-e-givens
Austin Statesman: Terri Givens a role model for the ages
Austin Woman Magazine: Global Thinker. Austin Activist.