Jeremy Ferwerda

QSS Director of Undergraduate Research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science

09/07/2018

QSS Director of Undergraduate Research Jeremy Ferwerda recently published an article in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. The article, titled, "Determinants of refugee naturalization in the United States," is a study of the naturalization rates of non-citizens in the United States.  PNAS describes the article as follows: "Despite the scale of the US refugee resettlement program, policymakers and the public lack systematic information on how refugees adapt to their new environment. We focus on naturalization as a key measure of integration and draw on administrative data to provide direct estimates of the naturalization rates among refugees. Our results show that, on average, refugees acquire citizenship faster than other lawful permanent residents. We also identify the set of factors that promote or constrain naturalization among refugees. These findings have implications for policymakers seeking to improve the integration of refugees within the United States."

Professor Ferwerda, whose research focuses on immigration and related political issues, received his doctorate in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has been at Dartmouth College since July 2016. Prior to his appointment in the Department of Government, Professor Ferwerda spent a year as a post-doctoral fellow at the Watson Institute of Brown University. In the Department of Government, Professor Ferwerda teaches courses on statistics and course in comparative politics.