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Monica W. Varsanyi
Position: Professor
Campus Affiliation: John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., Geography, University of California, 2004
Research Interests: Immigration/immigrant law, politics, and policy at the local, state, and federal levels in the United States; law and society; urban and political geography, research design.
Monica Varsanyi is Professor of Political Science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, and a member of the Doctoral Faculties in Geography and Criminal Justice at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research and teaching interests include immigration law and policy, sociolegal studies, and urban politics. Her research addresses the politics of unauthorized immigration in the United States, specifically the devolution of immigration policing powers from the federal government to state and local governments, the emergence of grassroots immigration policy activism, and the growing tensions between local, state, and federal scales of government vis-à-vis immigration policy and enforcement. Her edited volume, Taking Local Control: Immigration Policy Activism in U.S. Cities and States was published by Stanford University Press in 2010, and a co-authored book Policing Immigrants: Local Law Enforcement on the Front Lines (with Doris Marie Provine, Scott Decker, and Paul Lewis) is forthcoming with the University of Chicago Press. Her current research project, with Marie Provine, explores the tensions of immigration federalism as they play out in New Mexico and Arizona.

Recent Publications:
  • Provine, Marie, Monica Varsanyi, Paul Lewis, and Scott Decker. (in press) Policing Immigrants: Local Law Enforcement on the Front Lines. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Varsanyi, Monica; Paul Lewis; Marie Provine; and Scott Decker. (2012) “A multilayered jurisdictional patchwork: Immigration federalism in the United States.” Law & Policy. 34(2): 138-158.
  • Varsanyi, Monica W. (2011) “Neoliberalism and nativism: Local anti-immigrant policy activism and an emerging politics of scale” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 35(2): 295-311.
  • Varsanyi, Monica (ed.) (2010) Taking Local Control: Immigration Policy Activism in U.S. Cities and States. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press.
  • Varsanyi, Monica W. (2008) “Rescaling the ‘alien’, rescaling personhood: Neoliberalism, immigration and the state,” Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 98(4), pp. 877-896.