Allan Colbern

Assistant Professor
Faculty
WEST Campus
Mailcode
3051

Allan Colbern is an assistant professor in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the New College at Arizona State University. He works with immigrant rights organizations like the California Immigrant Policy Center and New York Immigrant Coalition on building state-wide capacity and pro-immigrant policy blueprints. His expertise is in American political development and the intersection between immigration, civil rights, social movements, federalism and citizenship.

He is the author of "Citizenship Reimagined: A New Framework for State Rights in the United States," forthcoming with Cambridge University Press on October 22, 2020, which examines how federalism shapes citizenship in the United States and explores what it means for states to pass policies that expand or contract the rights of immigrants, Blacks, women and LGBTQ communities. Dr. Colbern received Russell Sage Foundation’s Presidential Award for 2018-2021 to complete his second book, "Today’s Runaway Slaves: Unauthorized Immigrants in a Federalist Framework," on the passage of sanctuary policies throughout American history. This book is the feature of Dr. Colbern’s TEDxASUWest Talk, We Have Been Here Before. Combining process tracing, comparative and time series analysis, Today’s Runaway Slaves explains how federated political institutions (constitutions, courts, parties) and social movements intersect to create periods of resistance to unjust federal laws through local sanctuary laws that protected and transformed the rights of: runaway slaves (1780-1860), Central American asylum seekers (1980-1996) and undocumented immigrants (1997-2020). He also has a forthcoming chapter in the edited volume, Immigrant California: Understanding the Past, Present, and Future of U.S. Policy and has published in New Political Science, Fordham Urban Law Review, Policy Matters, and in popular sources, including the Washington Post and Los Angeles Times.

  • Ph.D. Political Science, University of California-Riverside
  • M.A. Political Science, University of California-Riverside
  • B.A. Political Science, University of California-Berkeley
  • B.A. History, University of California-Berkeley
  • Research fellow: University of California-San Diego Center for Comparative Immigration Studies.  
Fall 2021
Course Number Course Title
PSY 499 Individualized Instruction
JHR 590 Reading and Conference
JHR 592 Research
JHR 593 Applied Project
JHR 599 Thesis
Summer 2021
Course Number Course Title
POS 314 The American Presidency
JHR 598 Special Topics
Spring 2021
Course Number Course Title
POS 110 American Government & Politics
POS 493 Honors Thesis
JHR 500 Research Methods
JHR 580 Practicum
JHR 584 Internship
JHR 590 Reading and Conference
JHR 592 Research
JHR 593 Applied Project
JHR 599 Thesis
Fall 2020
Course Number Course Title
POS 492 Honors Directed Study
JHR 500 Research Methods
JHR 525 Action Research
JHR 590 Reading and Conference
JHR 592 Research
JHR 593 Applied Project
JHR 599 Thesis
Summer 2020
Course Number Course Title
POS 314 The American Presidency
Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
POS 494 Special Topics
POS 499 Individualized Instruction
JHR 500 Research Methods
JHR 580 Practicum
JHR 590 Reading and Conference
JHR 592 Research
JHR 593 Applied Project
JHR 598 Special Topics
JHR 599 Thesis
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
POS 110 American Government & Politics
POS 470 Law and the Political Order
JHR 590 Reading and Conference
JHR 592 Research
JHR 593 Applied Project
JHR 599 Thesis
Summer 2019
Course Number Course Title
POS 314 The American Presidency
JHR 584 Internship
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
JHR 500 Research Methods
JHR 599 Thesis
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
POS 110 American Government & Politics
JHR 580 Practicum
JHR 592 Research
Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
POS 314 The American Presidency
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
POS 110 Government and Politics
JHR 500 Research Methods
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
POS 110 Government and Politics

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