Patrick R. Ireland

  • Professor of Political Science

Trained in comparative politics, modern languages, and public health, Patrick Ireland arrived at Illinois Tech in Fall 2007 from the American University of Beirut. He has also taught at the University of Denver and Georgia Tech, as well as for shorter stints in Germany, Ghana, and Morocco. His teaching repertoire includes courses on comparative politics (survey, Europe, Africa), comparative public policy (health, social, urban), ethnic relations, global health, and global migration.

Ireland has written extensively on urban-level migrant integration in developed and developing countries, employing both qualitative and quantitative methods. His publications include several single-authored books—The Policy Challenge of Ethnic Diversity (Harvard, 1994), Becoming Europe: Immigration, Integration, and the Welfare State (Pittsburgh, 2004), and Migrant Integration in Times of Economic Crisis: Comparing Policy Responses from European and North American Global Cities (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)—and many peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. His work has been based on extensive field work undertaken in North and West Africa, South and Southeast Asia, Australia, Canada, Mexico, and Europe and has been supported by the American Institute for Sri Lankan Studies, American Political Science Association, Chateaubriand Fellowship Program, Council of American Overseas Research Centers, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, European Commission, Fulbright Scholar Program, German Marshall Fund of the United States, Krupp Foundation, Gouvernement du Québec, Rockefeller Foundation, and Social Science Research Council.

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; 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; and as a participant in the Securitization of Migrant Mobilization (SOMI) project financed by the Université Paris Sorbonne Cité through the Agence Nationale de la Recherche in France.

Ireland is currently working on research that deals with how West African migrants negotiate urban spaces in African and Southern European cities and how migration, health, and processes of development interact in Africa/Europe and Mexico/the U.S.


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

Global cities

Urban migrant integration policies in Europe, North America, Africa, and Australasia

Migration and health, especially with respect to HIV/AIDS

Female migrant domestic workers

Comparative social policy


“The Limits of Sending-State Power: The Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Female Migrant Domestic Workers,” International Political Science Review, forthcoming in 2018.

Migrant Integration in Times of Economic Crisis: Comparing Policy Responses from European and North American Global Cities (New York: Palgrave Macmillan/Pivot, 2017).

“Tales of the Cities: Local-Level Approaches to Migrant Integration in Europe, the U.S, and Canada,” Chap. 20 in Gary P. Freeman and Nikola Mirilovic, eds., Handbook on Migration and Social Policy (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2016).

“Welfare States and Migrant Incorporation Trajectories,” in Marco Martiniello and Jan Rath, eds., An Introduction to Immigrant Incorporation Strategies (Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam Press, 2014), pp. 345–370.

“Cracker Craic: The Politics and Economics of Scots-Irish Cultural Promotion in the USA,” International Journal of Cultural Policy, Vol. 20, No. 4 (2014), pp. 399-421.

Patrick Ireland

Contact Information

312.567.5211 312.567.6821 Siegel Hall, Room 116A MW, 9 a.m. - 10 a.m. + by appointment