Lauren Peritz

2020 Hellman Fellow

Assistant Professor, Political Science
UC Davis

Project Title: Legislating Globalization in U.S. Congress

Project Description: This project investigates whether and why U.S. trade and immigration policy has shifted in a “backlash” against economic globalization.  These policies ignite controversy over the alleged loss of jobs to foreigners, at home and abroad.  Do labor market concerns explain why members of Congress advocate trade protection or immigration restrictions?  Do political parties reinforce their platforms, economics aside?  Through a large-scale analysis of policy positions in all Congressional trade and immigration bills since 1987, this project will provide answers.