B. Lindsay Lowell

B. Lindsay Lowell
Research Professor
3100 Harris Building

Research Professor

Institute for the Study of International Migration

Dr. Lowell is Director of Policy Studies at the Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University. He was previously Director of Research at the Congressionally-appointed Commission on Immigration Reform. He has been Research Director of the Pew Hispanic Center, an Analyst at the Department of Labor; and he taught at Princeton and the University of Texas. Dr. Lowell has written over 150 articles and reports in journals such as Demography, American Economic Review, Industrial Relations and Work and Occupations.

Areas of Expertise: US and comparative immigration policy, mobility of the highly skilled, labor force and economic development

  • PhD (1985) Sociology (Demography), Brown University
  • MA (1880) Sociology (Organizational Behavior), University of Utah
  • BA (1987) Sociology (Social Psychology), University of Utah


B. Lindsay Lowell and Johanna Avato, “The Wages of Skilled Temporary Migrants: Effects of Visa Pathways and Job Portability,” International Migration, 52 (3): 85-98, 2014.

B. Lindsay Lowell, “Managing Immigration: A Review of Some Past Projections,” Migration Letters, 11 (1): 33-42, 2014.

B. Lindsay Lowell, “Foreign born and America’s Healthcare Workforce: Trends in this Century’s First Decade and Immigration Policy,” Migration Letters, 10 (2): 180-190, 2013.

B. Lindsay Lowell and Philip Martin, “Managing the Dynamic Science and Engineering Labor Market in the United States,” International Migration Review, 46 (4): 1005–1012, 2012.

B. Lindsay Lowell, Susan Martin and Robyn Stone, “Ageing and Care Giving in America: Policy Contexts and the Immigrant Workforce,” Journal of Population Aging, 3 (1): 59-82, 2010.

B. Lindsay Lowell, “A Long View of America’s Immigration Policy and the Supply of Foreign-Born STEM Workers in the United States,” American Behavioural Scientist, 53 (7): 1029-1044, 2010.

Policy Reports and Book Chapters:

B. Lindsay Lowell, “Competing for Flows of Students,” in Cohen, Gail, Aqila Coulthurst and Joe Alper (Rapporteurs), Immigration Policy & the Global Competition for Talent, National Academies of Science Press: Washington D.C. (forthcoming).

B. Lindsay Lowell, “Ageing and Caregiving in America: The Immigrant Workforce,” in Sarah Harper (ed.) International Handbook on Ageing and Public Policy, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014.

SAR Press: 2014 Micah N. Bump, Elżbieta M. Goździak and B. Lindsay Lowell, “Global Trends, Local Outcomes: Globalization and the Foreign-Born Temporary Labor Force in the Shenandoah Valley Apple Industry” pages 198-210 in David Griffith (ed.), (Mis)managing Migration Guestworkers’ Experiences with North American Labor Markets. SAR Press.

Hal Salzman, Daniel Kuehn and B. Lindsay Lowell, “Guestworkers in the High-Skill U.S. Labor Market: An Analysis of Supply, Employment and Wage Trends,” Economic Policy Institute Briefing Paper No. 359, 2013.

B. Lindsay Lowell, “Skilled Immigration Policy in the United States: Does Policy Admit “Enough” Skilled Workers?” pages 105-122 in in Triadafilopoulos, Phil (ed.), Wanted and Welcome? Highly Skilled Immigration Policies in Comparative Perspective, Springer Press, 2013.

B. Lindsay Lowell and Carla Pederzini, “Gender Differentials in Emigration by Level of Education: Mexican-Born Adult Migrants in the United States,” Chapter 6 in Alfredo Cuecuecha and Carla Pederzini (eds.) Migration and Remittances from Mexico: Trends, Impacts and New Challenges, Rowman and Littlefield, 2012.

B. Lindsay Lowell, “Immigration and the Science & Engineering Workforce: Failing Pipelines, Restrictive Visas, and the ‘Best and Brightest’” Testimony for “”the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, Washington, D.C., October 2011.

B. Lindsay Lowell and Pramod Khadka, “Trends in Foreign Student Admissions to the United States: Policy and Competitive Effects,” Pages 83-108 in Chiswick, Barry R. (ed.), High-Skilled Immigration in a Global Labor Market, AEI Press, D.C., 2010.