Jan. 9, 2009
Sam Clovis Jr., professor and chair of business and economics at Morningside College, is working with a team of researchers to develop implementation strategies for U.S. immigration policy that are expected to eventually be considered by lawmakers.
Clovis is working on the project for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security. Clovis said his job is to provide the background and historical context for the project, taking lessons learned from the last major immigration policy implementation that was signed into law in 1986. He said the team’s report eventually will be passed on to Congress.
Clovis said he was asked to be part of this project because he is a fellow for the Homeland Security Institute (HSI), a congressionally chartered, federally-funded research and development center that supports the Department of Homeland Security and the homeland security mission. He has been affiliated with the HSI since 2004.
In addition to his work on this project, Clovis has been asked to contribute to a special edition of Publius: The Journal of Federalism, which is one of the world’s leading journals in the field of political science. His contribution will be a paper on immigration and its impact on different jurisdictions around the country.
Clovis also has been asked to present a paper, chair three panels and serve twice as a panelist during the Midwest Political Science Association’s (MPSA) annual conference in April. His paper for this national conference will examine the impact of illegal immigration on cities, towns and rural settings. MPSA is actually an international organization with more than 3,000 members that represent more than 80 countries.
Clovis began teaching at Morningside in 2005. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado, a master’s degree in business from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, Calif., and a doctorate in public administration from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.