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Executive Director, Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration
Miriam Feldblum is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration. Previously, she served as Vice President for Student Affairs, Dean of Students, and Professor of Politics at Pomona College, and as Special Assistant to the President and Faculty Research Associate at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). She is also a Nonresident Fellow at MPI.
Her teaching and research areas are the politics and policies of immigration and citizenship, and immigration and higher education. Dr. Feldblum is the author of Reconstructing Citizenship: The Politics of Nationality Reform and Immigration in Contemporary France (SUNY Press, 1999), and she has written articles on European Union citizenship, highly skilled labor in the United States, and comparisons between the United States and Europe. She has also conducted workshops on supporting college students who are unauthorized immigrants (including those granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) in the United States.
Dr. Feldblum received her BA in political science from Barnard College and her MA, MPhil, and PhD in political science from Yale University.
Eighty percent of the increase in U.S. college enrollment between 2000 and 2021 came from U.S.-born students with immigrant parents or first-generation immigrant students. This population, often overlooked, should receive significantly more focus as leaders in higher education and workforce development seek to deliver a skilled workforce for a rapidly changing U.S. labor market, this commentary argues.
Immigrants and the children of immigrants make up a large and growing segment of students at U.S. colleges and universities—up from 20 percent in 2000 to 28 percent in 2018. This fact sheet offers a first-of-its-kind profile of this population’s size and growth, identifies the top states for these students, and explores characteristics such as race/ethnicity and immigration status.