Hannah M. Alarian's research is focused at the nexus of institutions and political behavior in the the study of comparative migration, national conceptions of belonging, and migrant incorporation. 

Her dissertation addresses how migrants are integrated into their host societies arguing economic integration is foundational to migrant integration.  Drawing upon aggregate, panel, and experimental data across thirty-seven advanced democracies over a period of fifteen years, Ms. Alarian examines thousands of migrants across Western Europe in aggregate. In addition, three different panel surveys conducted in the United States and Germany elucidate how migrants integrate over time. Using a breadth of methodological techniques including machine learning and causal mediation analysis, she concludes sharpening economic integration and employment in particular increases the likelihood a migrant will achieve integration in other areas.

Alongside her dissertation, Ms. Alarian maintains an active research agenda across comparative politics. Her work can be seen in Comparative Political Studies, the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and presented at multiple political science conferences. 

Articles in Refereed Journals

"Dual citizenship policy and migration flow: An origin story" (with Sara W. Goodman), in Comparative Political Studies

"Citizenship in hard times: Intra-EU naturalisation and the Euro crisis" in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

Articles Under Review

"National belonging and attitudes toward multiculturalism" (with Sara W. Goodman)

"Identity and policy: Attitudes toward immigrants in Western Europe"

"From Migrant to Member: The Economic Route to Integration"

Invited Talks

"National belonging and attitudes toward multiculturalism" (with Sara W. Goodman) Presented at Yale University: Comparative Approaches to the Study of Immigration, Ethnicity and Integration.

"Working to Integrate: Migrant Employment, Belonging, and Participation in Advanced Democracies." Presented at GESIS.

Professional Presentations

"Unlocking integration: Employment, belonging, and political motivation." To be presented at the 2017 annual conference of the American Political Science Association, San Francisco, CA.

"Economic integration: The foundation to migrant integration." Paper presented at the 2017 annual conference of the Western Political Science Association, Vancouver, BC.

"Navigating economic integration: The role of sending and receiving state diversity" Paper presented at the annual 2016 conference of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA.

"National belonging and attitudes toward multiculturalism" (with Sara W. Goodman) Paper presented at the annual 2016 conference of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA.

"The sending state: Dual citizenship policy as a push factor in migration flow" (with Sara W. Goodman) Paper presented at the annual 2015 conference of the American Political Science Association, San Francisco, CA.

"The threat next door: Effects of identity and policy on attitudes toward immigrants in Western Europe" Paper presented at the annual 2014 conference of the Western Political Science Association, Seattle, WA.

"Changing American tolerance of Middle Eastern immigrants: The negative effects of national identity." (with J. Edwards) Poster presented at the 2012 annual convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA.

"American attitudes toward Middle Eastern immigrants: Effects of threat, nationalism, and permeability" (with J. Edwards) Poster presented at the 2011 annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.