Fight or Flight: Contested Communities in an Age of Immigration

As immigrant populations have expanded across the United States, some Americans have fled diversifying communities, whereas others have stayed and supported policies targeting immigrants. 

 

In Fight or Flight, I develop a theory that seeks to explain the recent upswell of nativism in the United States. I argue that important changes in the residential landscape have heightened tensions between immigrants and native-born residents, and find that barriers to residential mobility increase support for restrictionist policies and candidates.