Last updated on: 5/4/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Peter Skerry, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor in the Department of Political Science at Boston College
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“[S]ome promote amnesty to the American public as the key to bringing order to our immigration policy. This is troublesome, because amnesty is a bad idea both as policy and as politics. Amnesty is being pushed by those who stand to benefit the most from it, chiefly immigrant advocates, unions and the administration of Mexican President Vicente Fox. Democratic leaders in Congress are also enthusiastic about some sort of legalization program. Yet to many illegal aliens, amnesty offers less than meets the eye. And to Americans anxious about the illegal influx into the country, it is more like a poke in the eye.”

“Why Amnesty Is the Wrong Way to Go,” The Washington Post, Aug. 12, 2001

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor, Department of Political Science, Boston College, 2003-present
  • Nonresident Senior Fellow, Governmental Studies Program, Brookings Institution, 1997-present
  • Russell Sage Foundation, Visiting Scholar, 2006-2007
  • Boston College, Research Expense Grant, 2006
  • American Academy in Berlin, Berlin Prize Fellow [declined], 2003
  • Professor, Department of Government, Claremont McKenna College, 1997-2003
  • Senior Research Associate, Rose Institute of State and Local Government, Claremont McKenna College, 2000-2003
  • Visiting Associate Professor, University of California at Berkeley, Washington Center, 1996
  • Visiting Fellow, Governmental Studies Program, Brookings Institution, 1995-1997
  • Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 1994-1995
  • Staff Associate, Governmental Studies Program, Brookings Institution, 1991-1995
  • Assistant Professor-in-Residence, Department of Political Science and Director of Washington Programs, Center for American Politics and Public Policy; University of California, Los Angeles, 1990-1994
  • Research Fellow, American Enterprise Institute, 1987-1990
  • Legislative Director, Office of Senator Daniel P. Moynihan, 1986
  • Hartley Research Fellow in Governmental Studies, Brookings Institution, 1984-1985
Education:
  • PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 1991
  • MA, Department of Government, Harvard University, 1976
  • EdM, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University, 1974
  • BA, History, Tufts University, 1973
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?