Peter Skerry


Peter Skerry
Boston College
McGuinn Hall 228
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Peter Skerry is Professor of Political Science at Boston College, Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Senior Fellow in the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. His writings on politics, racial and ethnic issues, immigration and social policy have appeared in a variety of scholarly and general interest publications, including Society,PubliusThe Journal of Policy HistoryThe New RepublicSlateThe Public InterestThe Wilson QuarterlyNational ReviewThe New York TimesThe Los Angeles TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. His book, Mexican Americans: The Ambivalent Minority (Harvard University Press), was awarded the 1993 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His most recent book is Counting on the Census? Race, Group Identity, and the Evasion of Politics, published by the Brookings Institution Press. He has been a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, and served as Director of Washington Programs for the University of California at Los Angeles’s Center for American Politics and Public Policy, where he also taught political science. He was formerly a Research Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and Legislative Director for Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York. During 2006-07, he was Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Tufts University, a master’s degree in education from Harvard University, and a master’s and doctorate in political science from Harvard University. His current project is a study of the social, cultural, and political integration of Muslims and Arabs in the United States.