Ann Morse

Adjunct Professor

Employer: National Conference of State Legislatures

Title: Program Director, Immigrant Policy Project

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Ann Morse launched her career in the Washington, D.C. office of the National Conference of State Legislatures in 1987.  She is the Program Director for NCSL’s Immigrant Policy Project and staffs the NCSL Executive Committee Task Force on Immigration and the States.  These initiatives provide state lawmakers with research and analyses on federal immigration policy, state and local innovative programs, and state legislation related to immigrants. 

Ann also staffs the NCSL Hunger Partnership, an NCSL Foundation for State Legislatures’ initiative to raise the visibility of hunger in America and offer innovative and lasting solutions. The project connects the public and private sectors to improve the availability and accessibility of food for hungry families. 

Ann was awarded the Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellowship in Public Policy in 2007 and conducted comparative research on immigration and integration policies in New Zealand the United States. Ann has served on a number of immigrant integration advisory boards and currently is a member of the Jannus Board of Directors in Boise, Idaho.


M.A., The George Washington University

B.A., The George Washington University


State Laws Related to Immigrants and Immigration.  (2005 - present,

Child Migrants to the U.S. July 10, 2014.

In-State Tuition and Unauthorized Immigrant Students. Revised July 14, 2014.

Immigration Reform and State Trends.  Coauthor Gilberto Soria Mendoza.  NCSL Legisbrief, January 2014.

Driver’s Licenses and Immigrants.  NCSL Legisbrief, August 2013.

“Bridging the divide: America's immigrants, immigration reform, and what they mean for states.” 2013 American Public Human Services Association.  

New Kiwis and New Americans:  Perspectives on Migration, author, Ian Axford Public Policy Fellowship, Wellington, New Zealand, July 2007.

“Immigration:  States Take the Lead”, Insights on Law & Society, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2006, Volume 7, no. 2, pp 11-13.

“Oath of Citizenship to Oath of Office”, an article about immigrant state legislators, published in NCSL’s State Legislatures magazine, May 2006

America's Newcomers:  Mending the Welfare Safety Net for Immigrants.  (NCSL:  Denver, Colorado, April 1998, 77 pages.)

“Framing the Issues:  Immigrant Policy and the Role of State and Local Government”, In Defense of the Alien, Vol. XIX  (Center for Migration Studies:   New York, 1997).

America’s Newcomers:  An Immigrant Policy Handbook.  Editor and co-author.  (NCSL:  Denver, September 1994, 120 pages)

Classes Taught

State and Intergovernmental Politics