Monica W. Varsanyi

Monica W. Varsanyi

Monica W. Varsanyi
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PhD     University of California, Los Angeles
MA      University of Washington
BA       University of California, Los Angeles


Monica Varsanyi (Ph.D. Geography UCLA) is Professor of Political Science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY; and Geography (Earth and Environmental Sciences) and Criminal Justice at the CUNY Graduate Center.  She is a scholar of migration, membership, and the state, with a specific focus on unauthorized immigration, state and local immigration politics, and immigration federalism in the United States.  She is author of numerous journal articles, and her books include Taking Local Control: Immigration Policy Activism in U.S. Cities and States (Stanford University Press, 2010, edited volume) and Policing Immigrants: Local Law Enforcement on the Front Lines (with Doris Marie Provine, Scott Decker, and Paul Lewis; University of Chicago Press, 2016; winner of the "2018 Outstanding Book in Policing Award" by the American Society of Criminology).  Her current research project, with Marie Provine, traces the evolution of immigration policies and the tensions of immigration federalism as they have played out in New Mexico and Arizona from the Territorial Period to the present.  She is also working on a project that explores the contentious evolution of Hispanic identity in New Mexico during the Chicano Period (1963-1972).  Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities.  She currently serves on the Research Advisory Board of the Vera Institute of Justice (New York City), and the editorial board of the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, the flagship journal in the discipline, and the sociolegal journal Law & Policy.    


Immigration/immigrant law, politics, policy (including implementation) at the local, state, and federal levels in the United States; law and society; state and local politics; urban politics and policy.