Current research interests include:


  • How does élite discourse influence immigration policy?
  • Can migration flows really be conceived of as a simple supply-and-demand process?
  • How do countries reconcile the need for cheap labor with exclusionary immigration policy?

European Integration

  • How is “belonging” constructed within the supranational system?
  • Has the breakdown of national borders within the EU affected perceptions of European immigrants?
  • Has EU membership improved the economies of member states and reduced emigration?


  • What policies may help wealthy countries reverse their declining demographics?
  • How will the welfare state in Europe survive with aging populations and shrinking workforces?

Social Networks

  • What role do social networks play in developing locations into immigrant destinations?
  • How do social networks work to transmit information transnationally?