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Virginia Deane Abernethy, PhD Biography

Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Anthropology at Vanderbilt University
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow a Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants?"

“A healthy respect for probable errors in Census Bureau data advances the case for putting enforcement with the purpose of stopping illegal immigration and dramatically reducing legal immigration at the top of the legislative and executive branch agenda. A catch-our-breath moratorium on all immigration should be a further goal of domestic policy. Immigration legislation should be debated on the basis of accurate demography as well as economic and social data that recognize costs associated with population growth, the role of immigration, and the costs and benefits of additional immigration.”

“Census Bureau Distortions Hide Immigration Crisis Real Numbers Much Higher,” Population-Environment BALANCE, Oct. 12, 2006

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor Emeritus, Psychiatry and Anthropology, Vanderbilt University, 1998 – present
  • Editor in Chief, Population and Environment, 1988 – 1999
  • Professor, Psychiatry and Anthropology, Vanderbilt University, 1980 – 1998
  • Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Anthropology, Vanderbilt University, 1976 – 1980
  • Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Anthropology, Vanderbilt University, 1975 – 1976
  • Former Editor, The Citizen Informer, Council of Conservative Citizens
  • Member-Fellow, American Anthropological Association
  • Member-Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Member, Editorial Board, The Occidental Quarterly
  • Member, Board of Directors, Carrying Capacity Network
  • Boardmember, Population-Environment BALANCE
  • Chair, National Advisory Board, Protect Arizona Now (PAN)
  • MBA, Vanderbilt University, 1981
  • PhD, Harvard University, 1970
  • MA, Harvard University, 1968
  • BA, Wellesley College, 1955
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Quoted in:
  1. Should Employers Who Unknowingly Hire Undocumented Immigrants Receive Lighter Penalties?