Podcasts

Kunal Parker, “The Long Struggle Over U.S. Immigration and Citizenship”

Contention over questions surrounding immigration and citizenship have been foregrounded in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, but how does the current debate relate to America’s historical treatment of foreigners and the establishment of birthright citizenship in the U.S. Constitution? In this podcast, host Richard Schramm talks with Kunal Parker about this history and helps frame current discourse as it relates to legal history.


Kunal Parker, University of Miami
Kunal Parker is professor of law and Dean’s Distinguished Scholar at the University of Miami School of Law. Trained in law at Harvard University and history at Princeton University, his work as a scholar has focused on the history of American legal thought, the history of American immigration and citizenship law, and the philosophy of history. His first book, Common Law, History, and Democracy in America, 1790–1900: Legal Thought Before Modernism, appeared in 2011. As the 2014–15 Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Fellow at the Center, he worked on a book on the history of U.S. immigration and citizenship law from the colonial period to the end of the twentieth century.