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Patrick R. Ireland

Patrick R. Ireland, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science







Siegel Hall, Room 116 A

Office Hours: 

MW, 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. + by appointment


Ph.D., Harvard University, Political Science (1990)
M.A., Harvard University, Political Science (1985)
M.P.H., University of Texas, Public Health (2005)
B.A., University of Notre Dame, Modern Languages and Political Science (1983)

Research Interests 

Local-level migrant integration policies in Europe, North America, and Australia
Migration and health, especially with respect to HIV/AIDS
The relationships between migration, health, and development in Africa/Europe and the Mexico/U.S.


A West Michigan native, Ireland studied modern languages, comparative politics, and international relations at the University of Notre Dame and Harvard University, from which he received his Ph.D. in 1990. Funded by the European Commission, the French government's Bourse Chateaubriand, the German Marshall Fund, the Fulbright Scholar Program, the Krupp Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council, he has written extensively on Muslims and other migrants in Europe and North America. His work has been based on extensive field work conducted in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and North Africa.

Ireland has served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Education; as a manuscript reviewer for a number of academic journals and university presses; as a Senior Research Associate with the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California-San Diego; and as an advisory board member of the Centre for European Political Communications at the University of Leeds in England, the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs in Lebanon, and the EU-funded Multicultural Democracy and Immigrants' Social Capital in Europe (MULTIDEM) Project.

Ireland has taught at several institutions in the U.S., as well as for shorter stints in Germany, Ghana, and Morocco. Before coming to IIT, he was on the faculty at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. His teaching repertoire includes courses on comparative politics and public policy, European and African politics, global migration, international political economy, and research methods. In 2003-2005, he underwent training in migrant and border health and earned a Master's in Public Health from the University of Texas. In his free time, he volunteers with refugee resettlement, migrant rights, and AIDS education projects both locally and abroad.

Ireland is currently working on projects dealing with local-level migrant integration policies in Europe, North America, and Australia; migration and health, especially with respect to HIV/AIDS; and the relationships between migration, health, and development in Africa/Europe and the Mexico/U.S.

Ireland is also working to develop a new graduate program in Science and Technology Policy for the department of Social Sciences.

Selected Publications 

“A Macro-Level Analysis of the Scope, Causes, and Consequences of Homophobia in Africa,” African Studies Review, Vol. 56, No. 2 (2013), pp. 47-66.

“Irish Protestant Migration and Politics in the U.S., Canada, and Australia: A Debated Legacy,” Irish Studies Review, Vol. 20, No. 3 (2012), pp. 263-281.

“Female Migrant Domestic Workers in Southern Europe and the Levant: Towards an Expanded Mediterranean Model?,” Mediterranean Politics, Vol. 16, No. 3, November 2011, pp. 343-363.

“New Ways of Understanding Migrant Integration in Europe,” in Assaad E. Azzi, Xenia Chryssochoou, Bert Klandermans, and Bernd Simon, eds., Identity and Participation in Culturally Diverse Societies: A Multidisciplinary Perspective (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), pp. 114-136.

“Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Migration in Sub-Saharan Africa,” chapter in/contribution to International Studies Compendium Project, Robert A. Denemark, ed. (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2010).

“Comparing Responses to Ethnic Segregation in Urban Europe,” Urban Studies, Vol. 45, No. 7 (June 2008), pp. 1333-1358.

Becoming Europe: Immigration, Integration, and the Welfare State(Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2004).

The Policy Challenge of Ethnic Diversity: Immigrant Politics in France and Switzerland (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1994).