Education
  • Ph.D. in History, University of Michigan, 1990
  • M.A. in History, University of Michigan, 1978
  • B.A. in History, Political Science and Psychology, Muskingum College, 1976
Research Areas
  • Immigration, Asylum and Citizenship
  • Legislative Development
  • Unemployment and Social Welfare
Teaching Areas
  • Policy Process and Institutions
  • Social Policy
  • Finance, Management and Leadership (including non-profits)

For more than 25 years, Ruth Wasem was a domestic policy specialist at the Congressional Research Service, part of the U.S. Library of Congress. In that capacity, she researched, wrote and led seminars on immigration and social welfare policies. She has testified before Congress about asylum policy and trends, human rights protections in immigration law, and the push-pull forces on unauthorized migration. Wasem earned master’s and doctor’s degrees in history at the University of Michigan, and she received her baccalaureate degree in history, political science and psychology from Muskingum University. Recent publications include “Tackling Unemployment: The Legislative Dynamics of the Employment Act of 1946” (Upjohn Institute Press, 2013) and “Welfare and Public Benefits” in American Immigration: An Encyclopedia of Political, Social, and Cultural Change, 2nd Edition, (M.E. Sharpe, 2014). She is currently writing a book about the history of the legislative drive to end race- and nationality-based immigration resulting in the Immigration Act of 1965. Wasem has received the John W. Kluge Fellowship and the Abba Schwartz Research Grant in support of this project. She initially joined the LBJ School faculty in 2012 as an adjunct professor in the Washington Center, teaching courses on immigration policy and policy development.

Newsworthy

Media MentionFebruary 3, 2017
Trump Adviser Attempts To Recover From 'Bowling Green Massacre' Gaffe

After Kellyanne Conway referenced an incident in Bowling Green, Ky., leading to an Obama administration change in refugee vetting processes, LBJ Professor Ruth Wasem contrasted that policy with Donald Trump's recent immigration ban.

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Media MentionFebruary 3, 2017
Trump Adviser Attempts to Recover From 'Bowling Green Massacre' Gaffe

After Kellyanne Conway referenced an incident in Bowling Green, Ky., leading to an Obama administration change in refugee vetting processes, LBJ Professor Ruth Wasem contrasted that policy with Donald Trump's recent immigration ban.

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Media MentionJanuary 30, 2017
Immigration Expert Outlines Origins of 7 Countries in Trump Order

After the announcement of seven countries impacted by a Trump Administration immigration order, Ruth Wasem talks about the nature of prior vetting processes in those countries.

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