Terri Givens



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.

Recent Publications:

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


Voting Radical Right in Western Europe

Legislating Equality: The Politics of Antidiscrimination Policy in Europe

Immigrant Politics: Race and Representation in Western Europe

Immigration Policy and Security: U.S., European, and Commonwealth Perspectives


Terri in the news:

Huffpost:  Germany’s Far-Right Party Set To Enter Parliament For The First Time

InMenlo Magazine:  Menlo College Provost Terri Givens brings her knowledge of immigration policy to the classroom – and to Kepler’s

Inside Higher Ed – Latest Column:  Truths to Be Told: Leaving Grad School and Getting a Job


Previous Media Contributions: 

TV Appearances:

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

KEYE: Candidates Hope To Tap a Sleeping Giant

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


Wilson Center: Shifting Opinions on Immigration – Muslims in the U.S. and Europe

University of Texas Border Views:  Europe’s immigration policies for skilled workers compared to the U.S. approach

Connecting European attitudes toward Islam, U.S. attitudes toward immigrants

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:

A left-right divide in European attitudes toward immigrants

Can equality be legislated? Evidence from Europe

Huffpost Latino: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/terri-e-givens

My blogs:




Austin Statesman: Terri Givens a role model for the ages

Austin Woman Magazine: Global Thinker. Austin Activist.