Ron Hira

Ron Hira teaches in the Department of Political Science at Howard University. He is also a research associate with the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, DC. He specializes in policy issues on offshoring businesses, high-skill immigration, and the American engineering workforce.

Hira has written widely on offshoring, high-skilled immigration, innovation, and the decline of the middle class. He is co-author of the book, Outsourcing America, which was a finalist for best business book in the PMA’s Benjamin Franklin Awards. The Boston Globe called Outsourcing America an “honest, disturbing look at outsourcing.” The Washington Postdescribed the book as a “thorough and easy to grasp primer on the wrenching outsourcing debate.” In addition, he has testified seven times before Congress on high-skilled immigration and outsourcing.

Ron Hira
Associate Professor in Political Science, Howard University

Areas of Expertise: High-Skilled Immigration, STEM Labor Markets, Offshoring and Outsourcing, Innovation Policy

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information:
Phone: 703-786-4472

Heard on NPR All Things Considered: Who’s Hiring H1-B Visa Workers? It’s Not Who You Might Think

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Maria Cristina Garcia

Maria Cristina Garcia is the Howard A. Newman Professor of American Studies at Cornell University. Her work focuses on refugees, immigration, exiles, and transnationals in the Americas. Her first book Havana USA: Cuban Exiles and Cuban Americans in South Florida, provides an in-depth look at the migration of Cubans to the United States after Fidel Castro took power in 1959.

Her more recent work Seeking Refuge: Central American Migration to Mexico, and the United States, and Canada, is, in her own words, “a study of the individuals, groups, and organizations that responded to the Central American refugee crisis of the 1980s and 1990s, and helped reshape refugee policies throughout North America.”

Garcia has appeared on NPR.

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Howard A. Newman Professor in American Studies at Cornell University

Areas of Expertise: Immigration, U.S.-Cuban Relations, Latino U.S. History

Location: Ithaca, NY


Phone: (607) 255-0469


Heard on Morning Edition, ‘Young Migrants May Request Asylum, But It’s Hard To Get.’


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Lorella Praeli

Lorella Praeli is the Director of Advocacy and Policy for UnitedWeDream. Previously, she co-founded and directed Connecticut Students for a Dream and led the public advocacy campaign for the passage of the Connecticut in-state tuition bill. The bill was signed into law in 2012, making undocumented students eligible for in-state tuition at state colleges.

Originally from Ica, Peru, Praeli immigrated to the United States at the age of 11 to receive medical treatment. After advocating for the adoption of anti-bullying measures at the legislative and community levels, she joined the student immigrant rights movement and came out as “undocumented and unafraid.”

Her advocacy efforts and leadership with United We Dream played a key role in forcing the Obama administration to deliver reprieve from deportation and work permits to 1.4 million DREAMers through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Praeli graduated summa cum laude from Quinnipiac University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology.

Director of Advocacy and Policy, UnitedWeDream

Areas of Expertise: Immigration Policy and Politics, Immigrant Youth Movement, DREAM Act, Youth Organizing

Location: Washington, DC

Contact Information: 

Phone: (202) 570-6441


Twitter: @lorellapraeli

Praeli on Up with Chris Hayes: ‘DREAMers’ coming out of the shadows

Tom Wong

Tom K. Wong is an assistant professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego. He was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University and a lecturer in the department of political science at UC Riverside. Wong has also contributed to the National Asian American Survey (led by Karthick Ramakrishnan.)

Wong is the founder of the Dream Project, “a non-profit oral history project led by current and former undocumented youths and allies.” According to his CV, he is working on a book called “Rights, Deportation, and Detention in the Age of Immigration Control.”

Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego

Areas of Expertise: Comparative Politics, Immigration, Immigration Politics and Policy, Human Rights, Citizenship

Location: San Diego, CA

Contact Info:

Phone: (951) 907-9989


Twitter: @twong002

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Take Two: Predicting how Congress will vote on immigration reform