Immigration: Kennesaw State University Faculty Experts

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With the new national focus on immigration reform, Kennesaw State University faculty members are available to provide analysis and perspectives on issues and topics related to immigration.  These scholars can provide pertinent historical analysis, as well as insights into issues of public policy and the intersection of  state, federal and constitutional law; regional and social impact; labor, education and immigrant communities. Feel free to contact any of Kennesaw State’s faculty experts directly.  If you don’t see who and what you’re looking for in the list below, please contact Sabbaye McGriff in University Relations at 678-797-2550 or at smcgrif1@kennesaw.edu.

 William E. Baker, interim director, A.L. Burruss Institute of Public Service and Research and assistant professor of public administration

Expertise:Public policy alternatives for local governments, specifically the local government response to immigration; relatively new immigrant destinations, especially in the south 

            Contact: Email: wbaker@kennesaw.edu  Phone: 770-499-3234

Jesse Benjamin,associate professor of sociology and interdisciplinary studies and coordinator of African and African Diaspora studies

Expertise: Sociology of immigration; race and immigration; impact of immigration conflict on societies; methods of overcoming conflict

            Contact: Email: jbenjam2@kennesaw.edu Phone: 678-756-0931

 Alan LeBaron, professor of history and interdisciplinary studies and director of the Maya Heritage Community Project

Expertise: Indigenous immigration from Guatemala and Mexico to the United States; Maya immigrant organizations in Georgia and the United States; daily life of undocumented immigrants; inner relations between indigenous and non-indigenous immigrants; effect of local and state policy on immigrants; race and immigrantion   

Contact:Email: alebaron@kennesaw.edu Phone: 770-423-6589

 Kenneth Maffitt, assistant professor of history and interdisciplinary studies

Expertise: History of immigration into the United States and history of immigration policy; the immigrant experience in history; current debates and controversies concerning immigration; the discourse on immigration and becoming American; U.S.-Latin American relations; and nativism

Contact: Email: kmaffitt@kennesaw.edu Phone: 770-499-3462

Ernesto Silva, assistant professor ofSpanish and interdisciplinary studies and coordinator of Latin-American and Latino studies

 Expertise: The immigrant experience; transnational impact of immigration; teaching the controversial aspects of immigration in the classroom; portrayal of immigrants in literature, film and media 

Contact: Email: esilva@kennesaw.edu Phone: 770-499-3208

  Kenneth Michael White, assistant professor of political science and criminal justice

Expertise :U. S. immigration law and constitutional law; Immigration policy as it connects to Federal Laws and the Constitution; state and federal law and immigration;      The Constitutional legality of state laws concerning immigration   

Contact:  Email: kwhite88@kennesaw.edu Phone: 678-797-2928