Jeffers, Kristen

University College Dublin

Kristen Jeffers completed at Master’s in Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. There, she studied social policy, specialising in immigration policy. She developed an interest in access to citizenship and immigrant integration during her time as the Immigration Policy Research Assistant at the Humphrey School. In this role, Kristen worked on a project that compared immigrant integration in the fifty United States. Her research interests include acquisition of citizenship, the economic impact of immigration, as well as immigrant integration. With regards to integration she is particularly interested in immigrant health, and immigrant access to higher education and social programmes.


Kristen Jeffers was the research assistant at the University College Dublin for the EUDO CITIZENSHIP ACIT project from December 2011 to the end of April 2013. She worked with me and Rainer Bauböck on the CITLAW indicator study, and with Derek Hutcheson on the CITIMP indicator study. In addition to taking responsibility for coding many thousands of legal provisions, she contributed significantly to the analysis of these provisions and the structure of the CITLAW and CITIMP studies, as well as presenting CITLAW with aplomb in two national dialogues. In May 2013 she is returning to her home state of Minnesota the United States to pursue her career in research related to public policy – but we also hope to see her back in Europe again before too long. 

Iseult Honohan, University College Dublin