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Ruth E. Wasem

Ruth E. Wasem

Adjunct Professor of Public Policy

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Washington, D.C.

Ruth Ellen Wasem is a domestic policy specialist with the Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress, where she has written in the areas of adolescent pregnancy, asylum, citizenship, homelessness, immigration, and social services. Since 2000, she has led the team of policy analysts, attorneys, librarians and research assistants who work in immigration law and policy. Her most recent publications have focused on comprehensive immigration reform, employment-based immigration, immigrant diversity, numerical limits on immigration, and access of noncitizens to federal benefits. During 2011, Dr. Wasem testified before Congress twice on the push-pull forces on unauthorized migration and on human rights issues pertaining to immigration policy.

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University of Michigan: Ph.D. in History (Winter, 1990); dissertation titled No More Depressions: Full Employment and the Employment Act of 1946.

  • Dissertation committee: Jerome Clubb (chair), John Jackson, Terrance MacDonald and Maris Vinovskis. 
  • Preliminary exam fields: American Political History with Jerome Clubb; Electoral Behavior with Phillip Converse; United States 20th Century History with Sidney Fine; Russian History since Peter the Great with Arthur Mendel; and Ancient Greece and Rome with Chester Starr

University of Michigan: M.A. in History (Fall, 1978).

Muskingum College: B.A. Magna cum Laude in History, Political Science and Psychology (1976).

Current Positions

Library of Congress, Congressional Research Service, Domestic Social Policy Division: Specialist in Immigration Policy and Immigration Team Leader (2000 to date);

Previous Positions

United Way of America, Research Division: Senior Research Associate, Project Manager of Comparative Cities Project (1984-1987).

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Population Affairs: Public Health Service Fellow, Family Planning and Adolescent Pregnancy Programs (1983- 1984).

University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research: Senior Research Assistant (1981 to 1982).

Bentley Library, Michigan Historical Collections: Project Director of Williams Oral History Project (1980 to 1982).

Numerical Limits on Employment-Based Immigration: Analysis of the Per-Country Ceilings, Congressional Research Service (2011).

Asylum and "Credible Fear" Issues in U.S. Immigration Policy, Congressional Research Service (2011). (Available through Amazon Books and E-Kindle).

Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery Issues, Congressional Research Service (2011) and U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary (2011).

Overview of Immigration Issues in the 112th Congress, Congressional Research Service (2011). (Available through Amazon Books and E-Kindle).

U.S. Immigration Policy on Temporary Admissions, Congressional Research Service (revised 2011). (Available through Amazon Books and E-Kindle).

Unauthorized Aliens Residing in the United States: Estimates Since 1986, Congressional Research Service (revised 2011). (Available through Amazon Books and E-Kindle).

Immigration Visa Issuances and Grounds for Exclusion: Policy and Trends, Congressional Research Service (2010).

Visa Security Policy: Roles of the Departments of State and Homeland Security, Congressional Research Service (2010). (Available through Amazon Books and E-Kindle).

Noncitizen Eligibility and Verification Issues in the Health Care Reform Legislation, Congressional Research Service (2009).

Medicaid Citizenship Documentation, Congressional Research Service (2009).

State Medicaid and CHIP Coverage of Noncitizens, Congressional Research Service (2009).