Walter Nicholls

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Associate Professor, Urban Planning and Public Policy
School of Social Ecology

Ph.D., UCLA, 2004, Urban Planning

Phone: (949) 824-6323

University of California, Irvine
218C Social Ecology 1
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
urban politics, social movements, immigration
Research Abstract
My three major research projects have examined the urban conditions that enable immigrant rights activism, how activists frame claims to rights and equality, and how local activists scale up from local battles to national social movements. My work has been comparative and international, focusing mostly on Los Angeles, Paris, and Amsterdam.
Walter Nicholls (2013) The DREAMers: How the Undocumented Youth Movement Transformed the Immigrant Rights Debate in the United States. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press.
Walter Nicholls and Justus Uitermark (2016) Cities and Social Movements: Immigrant Rights Activism in the United States, France and the Netherlands, 1970-2015. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, Studies in Urban and Social Change series.
Walter Nicholls (in production) The Immigrant Rights Movement: The Battle over National Citizenship. Redwood City: Stanford University Press.
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