Listen: Political Scientist Elizabeth Cohen '95 on America's Semi-Citizens

This spring, Elizabeth Cohen '95, associate professor of political science at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, returned to campus to discuss "America's Semi-Citizens: Immigration Politics in the United States." In her talk, Cohen explores the ways citizens are not fully included and enfranchised in the United States.

Cohen, who specializes in contemporary and modern political theory, history of political thought, immigration, and citizenship, is the author of Semi-Citizenship in Democratic Politics (2009), in which she introduces the concept of semi-citizenship as a means of advancing debates about individuals who hold some but not all elements of full democratic citizenship. She is also the author of The Political Value of Time (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2017) and Immigration in Our Time (for review by the Russell Sage Foundation Press), which assesses the ways in which the U.S. might enfranchise the large number of undocumented immigrants despite deep political disagreements over their presence. Her essay, "Why Trump's immigration policies will increase undocumented immigration," recently appeared in Politico. 

Cohen graduated with Honors from Swarthmore with a double major in philosophy and sociology and anthropology and minor in political science. She earned her doctorate from Yale University. Her talk, sponsored by the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility, preceded a complementary panel discussion on the sanctuary movement.