Ann Chih Lin is an associate professor in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. She received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago in 1994. She writes on immigration, with special attention to Arab and Asian Americans, and on the intersection of race and ethnicity with public policy.
Dr. Lin studies policy implementation: the provisions that make policy easy or difficult to implement, the beliefs and behavior of people who implement policies, and the reactions of those who are targeted by policy. She is currently studying potential immigration policies, such as guestworker programs and legalization, and the political beliefs of American immigrants, with a specific focus on Arab Americans. She also writes on qualitative methods. Her past research includes prison rehabilitation (Reform in the Making: The Implementation of Social Policy in Prison, 2000), and stays involved with this issue as a member of the Community Corrections Advisory Board of Washtenaw County, Michigan.
Citizenship in Crisis: Arab Detroit After 9/11. Co-authored with Wayne Baker, Sarah Howell, Amaney Jamal, Andrew Shryock, Ronald Stockton, and Mark Tessler. Russell Sage Foundation, 2009; The Colors of Poverty: Why Racial and Ethnic Disparities Persist. Co-edited with David R. Harris. Russell Sage Foundation, 2008; "Muslim, Arab, and American: The Adaptation of Muslim Arab Immigrants to American Society." In Immigration and Religion in America: Comparative and Historical Perspectives. Edited by Richard Alba, Albert Raboteau and Josh DeWind. New York University Press, 2008; "Networks, Gender, and the Use of State Authority: Evidence from a Study of Arab Immigrants in Detroit" in The Social Logic of Politics: Family, Friends, Neighbors, and Workmates as Contexts for Political Behavior. Alan S. Zuckerman, ed. Temple University Press, 2004.