Faculty & Staff

Christine Thurlow Brenner, PhD

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs, McCormack Graduate School


photo of Christine Brenner

Areas of Expertise

Immigration policy, urban affairs , public budgeting


PhD, University of Texas at Arlington, Urban and Public Administration
MA, University of Texas at Arlington, Urban Affairs
BA, Allegheny College, History/Political Science, cum laude

Additional Information

Associate Professor Brenner joined the faculty in the fall of 2011. Before coming to UMass Boston, she was an associate professor of public policy and administration at Rutgers University (Camden, NJ) where she also served as director for the undergraduate urban studies program. She also spent four years on the US-Mexico border in the Political Science Department of the University of Texas at El Paso and served as associate director of the Institute for Policy and Economic Development.

Brenner addresses one of the most salient policy issues of the twenty-first century confronting local communities around the globe, the growing numbers of immigrant newcomers and the meaning of increasing demographic diversity as a central reality in their society. Her work contributes an interdisciplinary perspective to the study of institutional effects on immigrant integration at the sub-national level. She is co-principal investigator of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant focused on health education literacy for immigrant parents. She is also a faculty affiliate with Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute of Politics, Program on Immigration and Democracy, which is mapping the immigrant infrastructure of the New Jersey.

She served as the academic advisor to former NJ Governor Corzine’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Immigrant Integration and was a Commissioner on the New Jersey Commission on New Americans from 2010-2011.  Brenner also served on the advisory panel of the Washington-based Migration Policy Institutes’ E Pluribus Unum Awards, which recognize business, community and nonprofit organizations, and public sector exemplary best practices in immigrant integration in the United States. She is president-elect of the Association of Borderlands Studies and a past officer of the Latino Caucus of the American Political Science Association.

Brenner’s work appears in Administration and Society, Journal of Public Management and Social Policy, and International Journal of Economic Development, among other publications. She is co-editor of Dígame! Policy and Politics on the Texas Border published by Kendall-Hunt.

Teaching in the Public Policy PhD Program:


Teaching in the Public Administration Program:

Human Resource Management