Hannah M. Alarian is a Post Doctoral Fellow at the University of Virginia. She is an active member of the Power, Violence, and Inequality Collective and Race, Ethnicity, and Gender Working Group as well as teaching courses on topics of Europe, citizenship, and migration.  Dr. Alarian received her PhD in Political Science at the University of California, Irvine where she was also an affiliate with the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD). Her research examines topics of migrant integration, immigration, political identity and participation, and public policy.  Her dissertation, titled “Migrant Employment and the Foundations of Integration: A Multimethod Approach,” examines the economic processes through which immigrants integrate including the roles states and individuals play in reducing disparities between immigrant and native communities in advanced democracies. 

Findings from her dissertation indicate employment is significant in enabling later incorporation- specifically political and civic integration. She further concludes economic integration is segmented whereby migrants first secure employment and later move toward income equality.

Both of her recent publications, Dual Citizenship Allowance and Migration Flow: An Origin Story (published in Comparative Political Studies) and Citizenship in Hard Times: Intra-EU Naturalisation and the Euro Crisis (published in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies), were awarded High Quality Research Awards by the School of Social Sciences and the Department of Political Science at UCI. Her research has been presented at multiple political science conferences including the annual meetings of the American Political Science Association and the Western Political Science Association. 

In fall 2016, she began a one-month stay at the EUROLAB in Cologne, funded by the GESIS-Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences. In the spring of 2017, she completed a Stimulating European Research (SEO) fellowship at Maastricht University.

For more information about Dr. Alarian's research or teaching agenda, please contact her at halarian (at) virginia (dot) edu.