Alexandra Filindra

Associate Professor

Alexandra Filindra is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois, Chicago.  She specializes in American immigration policy, immigration decisions, racial prejudice and its effects on policy preferences, public opinion, political psychology and survey research.  Dr. Filindra received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University and served as a post-doctoral researcher at Brown University’s Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions and the Center for the Study of Human Development. Her work has appeared in Political Behavior, Policy Studies Journal, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, Urban Affairs Review, Harvard Education Review, Migration Studies, International Migration and other scholarly journals. Her research has been supported by grants from the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Pew Center for the States, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Rhode Island Foundation. She is the recipient of two best paper awards from the American Political Science Association and the Lucius Barker Award from the Midwest Political Science Association.


Ph.D. in Political Science, Rutgers University, 2009

Select Publications

Filindra, A. and N. Kaplan (2016) “Racial resentment and white gun policy preferences in contemporary America,” Political Behavior, 38 (2), 255-275.

***Received the Lucius Barker award from the Midwest Political Science Association (2015)*** ***Received the best paper award from the Public Policy Section 2015 APSA Conference ***

 Condon M., A. Filindra and A. Wichowsky (2015) “Immigrant Inclusion in the Safety Net: A Framework for Analysis and Effects on Educational Attainment,” Policy Studies Journal, (December 19, 2015) doi: 10.1111/psj.12140

***Received honorable mention, Migration and Citizenship Section, 2016 APSA Conference***

Buckinx, B. and A. Filindra (2015) “The Case against Removal: Jus Noci and Harm in Deportation Practice,” Migration Studies, (March 9, 2015)

*** Received the 2015 Best Article Award from Migration Studies (2016)***

Filindra, A. (2013) “Immigrant Social Policy in the American States: Race Politics and State TANF and Medicaid Eligibility Rules for Legal Permanent Residents,” State Politics and Policy Quarterly, Vol. 13 (1): 26-48  

Filindra, A. and S. Pearson-Merkowitz (2013) “Together in Good Times and Bad? How Economic Triggers Condition the Effects of Social Interactions between Groups,” Social Science Quarterly, 94(5 December):1328-1345 


External Grants

  • Centers for Disease Control/Wake Forrest Medical School, Immigration Laws in the States ($17,000), 2016-2017
  • European Union Studies Association, “Fortress Europe or E Pluribus Unum? : Multilevel governance, migration and asylum in the EU,” Conference development grant (with P. Kostadinova and D. Kelemen, $10,000), 2016
  • Russell Sage Foundation, Immigration Laws in the States (with S. Pearson-Merkowitz, $133,000), 2015-17
  • Pew Center for the States, Immigration Legislation in the States 2014 ($19,000), 2015-16
  • Pew Center for the States, Immigration Legislation in the States 1990-2013 ($75,000), 2013-15
  • University of Rhode Island, Urban Initiative Grant (with S. Pearson-Merkowitz, $3,000), 2014
  • RTI Challenge (with S. Pearson-Merkowitz, $30,000 equivalent), 2012-2013
  • Gates Foundation Conference Development Grant (with C. Garcia Coll, $8,000), 2011
  • Rhode Island Foundation Grant, New England Immigration Survey,  ($17,000), 2010-2011

    University Major Grants

  • Chancellor’s Discovery Fund, UIC (with C. Bonam, $40,000), 2014-2015
  • Chicago Area Study, UIC (with N. Kaplan, $65,000), 2013-2014
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Contact Information 

Office: 1108D BSB, MC 276
Phone: 312-996-1234
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