Alfredo Gonzalez, CSRPC Residential Fellow; Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Political Science
CSRPC Residential Fellow; Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Political Science
Alfredo Gonzalez is a doctoral candidate in the department of political science at the University of Chicago. His research is located at the intersection of race and politics, American political development, naturalization policy, social movements, and military sociology. In his dissertation, Other Than Honorable: The Decline of Citizenship-for-Service, Gonzalez offers an explanation to the growing limitations and restrictions non-citizen service members are faced with when attempting to normalize their citizenship status during and after their active service. This archival study focuses on a critical conjuncture between WWII (last period guaranteeing citizenship-for-service) and the 1965 Hart-Celler Act (established residency and service requirements for naturalization) to demonstrate how Congress legislatively gained power to restrict, and at times deny, non-white immigrant service members access to naturalization—regardless of military service. Alfredo will complete writing his dissertation while in residence at the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture.