Dr Terri E. Givens




Former Provost, Menlo College.

Former Vice Provost, University of Texas at Austin.

Former Director and Founder, Center for European Studies, University of Texas at Austin.

Former Professor, Menlo College, University of Texas at Austin, University of Washington.

Specialist research areas:

Radical right parties in Europe, particularly France, Germany, Austria, Denmark and the UK; Elections and party politics; responses to far right extremism; anti-Muslim sentiment and links between the U.S. and Europe; public opinion; immigration politics; and the electoral and policy impact of extremist politics.

Available for consultation in the following areas:

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses and workshops; policy formation / reports; government consultancy; third sector / charity engagement; live / pre-recorded media interviews (including print, online, radio and television); and editorials


Terri E. Givens is a political scientist and consultant, focusing on European politics, radical right populism, immigration politics, and anti-discrimination policy. She was the Provost of Menlo College from July 2015 to June 2018. From the Fall of 2003 until the Spring of 2015 she was a Professor in the Government Department at the University of Texas at Austin where she also served as Vice Provost for International Activities and Undergraduate Curriculum from 2006 to 2009, Director of the Robert S. Strauss Center’s European Union Center of Excellence, and Co-Director of the Longhorn Scholars Program. She directed the Center for European Studies and the France-UT Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies from 2004-2006. Her faculty appointments included the LBJ School of Public Affairs, European Studies, and she was affiliated with the Center for Women and Gender Studies, Center for African and African-American Studies and was a Fellow in the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Law and Security. She was a faculty member in the Political Science Department at the University of Washington from 1999 to 2003.

Dr. Givens has conducted extensive research in the European Union, particularly in France, Germany, Austria, Denmark and Britain. She is the author/editor of several books on immigration policy, European politics and security, including Voting Radical Right in Western Europe, Immigration Policy and Security and Immigrant Politics: Race and Representation in Western Europe. Her most recent book is Legislating Equality: The Politics of Antidiscrimination Policy in Europe (Oxford University Press, May 2014) and she has a textbook forthcoming with Routledge on Comparative Immigration Politics in the 21st Century.

Dr. Givens received her PhD from UCLA in Political Science in Comparative Politics and Methodology, her M.A. (also in Political Science) from UCLA and her B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University. She has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the German Marshall Fund, the Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Society, as well as numerous grants and fellowships allowing her to conduct extensive research in Europe. She is a member of the American Political Science Association, Council of European Studies, European Studies Association and International Studies Association and speaks French and German.

A sought-after expert and speaker, she has lectured and served on panels at international and national conferences on topics as diverse as immigration politics, the radical right, elites and minorities, the globalization of public policy and curriculum issues in higher education. A popular writer, blogger and social media enthusiast, Givens can be found online at http://www.terrigivens.com and on Twitter @TerriGivens.


Immigration Politics in the 21st Century. Textbook in process for Routledge Press, expected publication Spring 2019.

“Regional Governance of Migration Policy.” Chapter for Oxford Handbook of Comparative Regionalism, edited by Tanja Boerzel and Thomas Risse, 2015.

“High-Skilled Migration: A New Way Forward for Europe, The United States and the World” with Andrew Rottas in Global Migration Issues: Myths and Realities, Praeger, May 2015.

“The Impact of the European Union’s Racial Equality Directive on Anti-discrimination Policy and Black People in France” in Visible Invisible Minority: Confronting Afrophobia and Advancing Equality for People of African Descent and Black Europeans in Europe European Network Against Racism, Anti-racism in Focus 2, December 2014.

Legislating Equality: The Politics of Antidiscrimination Policy in Europe, with Rhonda Evans Case, Oxford University Press, April 2014.

“Comparative Perspectives: Race in Europe.” Chapter for Oxford Handbook on the Politics of Race, edited by David Leal and Mark Sawyer, November 2014, Oxford Handbooks Online: http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199566631.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780199566631-e-4

“The Radical Right and Immigration in an Era of Economic Crisis” Brown Journal of World Affairs 19.2, Spring/Summer 2013.

“Nationalism vs. Multiculturalism: European Identity and the Impact of the Radical Right on Antidiscrimination Policy in Europe.” Chapter for Europe’s Contending Identities: Supranationalism, Ethnoregionalism, Religion, and New Nationalism, edited by Andrew C. Gould and Anthony Messina, Cambridge University Press, Spring 2014, 203-218.

“Party Politics and Public Opinion on Immigration and Anti-Discrimination Policy:

Implications for Immigrant Integration” with Ernest McGowen. Chapter for Immigration and Public Opinion edited by David Leal and Randall Hansen. Routledge University Press, January 2013, 271-285.

“Gendered Jobs: Integrating Immigrants versus Controlling Immigration in the European

Union” with Melanie Hughes, Susana Crage and Pete Mohanty. Politics and Gender, 9 (2013), 31–60.

“Effects of Migration.” Chapter for Oxford Handbook of the Politics of International Migration, edited by Dan Tichenor and Marc Rosenblum. March 2012.

Immigrant Politics: Race and Representation in Western Europe, edited volume with Rahsaan Maxwell. Lynne Rienner Publishers, March 2012.

Chapter 1: “Introduction” with Rahsaan Maxwell

Chapter 7: “Race and Politics in the European Parliament” with Rhonda Evans Case

“Der Stand der Antidiskriminierungsgesetze in Europa,” with Natalia Banulescu-Bogdan in Bertelsmann Stiftung (ed.) Wer gehört dazu? Zugehörigkeit als Voraussetzung für Integration” Verlag Bertelsmann Stiftung, 2011, 136-158.

“Legal Opportunity Structure: The Starting Line Group and the Politics of the Racial Equality Directive” with Rhonda Evans Case. Journal of Common Market Studies, March 2010.

“Crossing Political Divides: Media Use and Managing Complex Political Identities” with Lance Bennett in Stefaan Walgrave and Dieter Rucht, eds. The World Says No to War: Demonstrations against the War on Iraq, Minnesota University Press, 2010, 215-238.

“Immigration and Anti-discrimination Policy: Regulating the ‘New Face of Europe’” with Rhonda Evans Case, Adam Luedtke and Carrie Humphreys. Migrants and Minorities: The European Response, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010.

Immigration Policy and Security: U.S., European, and Commonwealth Perspectives, edited volume with Gary Freeman and David Leal. Routledge, August 2008.

“Communication and Political Mobilization: Digital Media Use and Protest Organization among Anti-Iraq War Demonstrators in the U.S.” with Lance Bennett and Christian Breunig. Political Communication, 25:269-289, 2008.

“Immigration and Immigrant Integration in Europe: Empirical Research” Annual Review of Political Science edited by Nelson Polsby, June 2007 (volume 10).

“Immigration and Immigrant Integration: Context and Comparison” in Changing Identities and Evolving Values: Is There Still a Transatlantic Community? ed. Esther Brimmer, Washington, D.C.: Center for Transatlantic Relations, 2006.

Voting Radical Right in Western Europe, Cambridge University Press, October 2005.

“European Immigration Policies in Comparative Perspective: Issue Salience, Partisanship and Immigrant Rights” Comparative European Politics, February 2005, with Adam Luedtke. Selected by the editors as a top ten article published in the first five volumes of Comparative European Politics.

“The Politics of EU Immigration Policy: Institutions, Salience and Harmonization” Policy Studies Journal, February 2004, with Adam Luedtke.

“The Radical Right Gender Gap.” Comparative Political Studies, February 2004. Reprinted in The Populist Radical Right, edited by Cas Mudde, Taylor and Francis, October 2016.

“EU Immigration Policy: From Intergovernmentalism to Reluctant Harmonization,” in The State of the European Union, Volume 6 (2003): Law, Politics and Society. Oxford University Press, 2003, with Adam Luedtke.

“The Role of Socio-Economic Factors in the Success of Extreme Right Parties,” in Shadows over Europe: The Development and Impact of the Extreme Right in Western Europe, eds. Martin Schain, Aristide Zolberg and Patrick Hossay. Palgrave, 2002.

Media Contributions:

TV Appearances:

PBS “To the Contrary” with Bonnie Erbe: June 2012

Canadian Public Television, TVO, The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Hate in Europe

BBC: Riots in France

KEYE: Candidates Hope To Tap a Sleeping Giant

Time Warner Cable News: Rep. McCaul Calls for Tech-Based Solutions for Border Security


KUT public radio Austin: Can National Guard Troops Make Arrests Along the Texas Border?

KQED public radio San Francisco: At San Francisco State, Class Uses Local Issues as a Political Science Lab


Australian Broadcasting



Arc Digital: The Most Significant Global Debate Is Over Immigration

Inside Higher Ed Column: Running Round the Ivory Tower

German Marshall Fund: Europe’s Fight against Discrimination

Politico Magazine: Time for a Latino Political Party?

Washington Post Monkey Cage Blog:

A left-right divide in European attitudes toward immigrants

Can equality be legislated? Evidence from Europe

Huffpost Latino


Austin Statesman: Terri Givens a role model for the ages

Austin Woman Magazine: Global Thinker. Austin Activist.