Michael Ahn Paarlberg is an Institute for Policy Studies Associate Fellow and assistant professor of political science at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race, and Immigration at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a co-author of the report “The Human Trafficking of Domestic Workers in the United States,” published jointly by the Institute for Policy Studies and the National Domestic Workers Alliance. He is also the author of “Transnational Militancy: Diaspora Influence over Electoral Activity in Latin America,” published in the July 2017 edition of Comparative Politics.


The Elections in El Salvador Could Make or Break Biden’s Central America Policy

President Nayib Bukele has been acting more and more like an authoritarian.

El Salvador’s President Sent Troops to Occupy the Legislature. Here’s What’s Going On.

Nayib Bukele is popular with the people, but not with lawmakers.

It’s Not Just a ‘Coup’: Bolivia’s Democracy Is in Meltdown

The ‘Was it a coup?’ debate distracts from deeper issues plaguing the country — some of Morales’s making.

Trump’s Public Charge Rule Is an Attack on Legal Immigrants

After demonizing undocumented immigration, Trump’s new public charge rule targets legal immigrants on the basis of income and race.

Does Donald Trump Believe His Bizarre Bluster on Immigration?

The president hopes to punish sanctuary cities with his imagined flood of violent undocumented immigrants but the reality is very different.

Enough Collusion Talk. It’s Time to Focus on Trump’s Corruption.

If there is a silver lining to the confusion and disappointment of Russiagate, it is that we can now pay attention to the real fleecing.

Report: Agricultural Cooperatives

Opportunities and Challenges for African American Women in the South

After the Supreme Court Blow, Unions Should Look to a New Model

Surprising tactics unions could learn from a member organization like the NRA.

Mexico’s Diaspora Electorate

From remittances to voting power, Mexico’s politicians recognize the importance of courting the support of Mexican’s living in the U.S.

The Future of American Unions Hangs In the Balance

At a time when unions are increasingly under threat, a case before the Supreme Court promises to be the most consequential in a generation.

Tipping Is a Legacy of Slavery That It’s Time to Outgrow

It’s bad for workers, customers, and the economy alike when employers pass the cost of a living wage entirely on to their customers.

Trump’s Immigration Policies are Full of Bogeymen and Contradictions

Illegal immigration is down and MS-13 is an exaggerated threat.

Paying Tipped Workers Better Wouldn’t Hurt Restaurant Jobs

For decades, restaurant industry lobbyists have predicted that the sky would fall with each tipped-minimum-wage hike. But these case studies found no evidence supporting those claims.

Who Will Stop Stephen Miller, the Man Behind America’s Anti-Refugee Policy?

Miller has usurped the power of the National Security Council, state and defense departments to set refugee policy by himself.

Don’t Believe the Trump Administration: MS-13 is Not Ravaging the United States.

The Central American gang is a big problem in Central America — and an object of scare tactics here.

Trump Promised to Put American Workers First. He Lied.

Proposed cuts to federal agency budgets and changes to employment law benefit only the US president and his cronies.

Donald Trump Is Playing ‘Bad Cop’ With His Extremist Budget Proposal

The president is useful to Republicans because he allows them to appear comparably less extreme than they actually are.

Are Trump’s H1-B Visa Reforms Just a Dog Whistle for His Base?

Trump’s latest executive order cannot be taken in isolation from his broader immigration agenda, which is overwhelmingly xenophobic.

A Labor Trafficking Survivor Speaks Out

A new report helps quantify the abusive patterns experienced by survivors of human trafficking by following the stories of over 100 domestic workers.

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Big Tips or Higher Minimum Wage?

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