Connie Thomas is a History PhD candidate at Queen Mary, University of London. She forms part of the Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Programme on ‘Mobile People’, which seeks to better understand transversal mobility through an interdisciplinary lens. Her research focuses on immigration policy in the United States during the founding era. It explores the relationship between regional migration politics and the development of federal policy, drawing particular attention to the ideas of citizenship, partisanship, and constitutionalism.

“Born in the USA”: Birtherism and the US Presidency

Following the Democratic Party’s nomination of Senator Kamala Harris as their Vice-Presidential candidate in the 2020 election, President Donald Trump claimed in a White House briefing, “I heard it today that she doesn’t meet the requirements.” His comments hinged on a racist birther claim that Harris is not a natural-born… Continue reading