Alumni (National Fellow)

Evan Taparata

Jefferson Scholars Foundation National Fellow
B.A. Rutgers University (2009)
M.A. University of Minnesota (2013)
Ph.D. University of Minnesota (2018)
Dream Mentor:
Kelly Hernandez
University of Southern California
Fields of Interest:
American Political Development
Human Rights
Immigration Policy
Legal History


Evan Taparata is a postdoctoral fellow in Global American Studies at Harvard University’s Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History beginning in the fall of 2020. Previously, Evan was the 2018-20 Jack Miller Center Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy. He received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Minnesota in March 2018. Taparata’s research, teaching, and public history practice focus on 19th and 20th century US history, migration, law, empire, race, and ethnic studies, and citizenship and belonging. He explored these themes in his dissertation, “No Asylum for Mankind: The Creation of Refugee Law and Policy in the United States, 1776-1951,” which traces the evolution of American refugee law through the country’s founding, expansion, and political development. An article drawn from his dissertation, which received the University of Minnesota’s Best Dissertation Award in the Arts and Humanities and an Honorable Mention for the Immigration and Ethnic History Society’s Outstanding Dissertation Award, was published in the Journal of American Ethnic History. His writing has also been featured on PublicRadioInternational.org and he has participated in several public history projects, including the Humanities Action Lab’s “States of Incarceration” initiative, the #ImmigrationSyllabus, and a timeline of American deportation history produced in collaboration with the University of Minnesota’s Immigration History Research Center and Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He is currently revising his dissertation into a book manuscript, tentatively titled “State of Refuge: Refugee Law and the Modern United States.”

Thesis Description:

No Asylum for Mankind: The Creation of Refugee Law and Policy in the United States, 1776-1951

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