Paul N. McDaniel

Paul N. McDaniel
Kennesaw State University | KSU · Department of Geography and Anthropology

PhD, MS, MA

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Introduction
Broadly trained geographer with focus on place-branding, particularly as it relates to the causes, processes, and implications of immigration to urban regions, and other issues related to inclusive city- and place-branding strategies, initiatives, processes, and effects, and relation to processes of immigrant settlement, integration, and receptivity in cities and metropolitan areas, particularly in the U.S. South, using mixed-methods, qualitative, and community-based participatory research.
Additional affiliations
July 2015 - present
Kennesaw State University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
February 2013 - June 2015
American Immigration Council
Position
  • Research Associate
Education
August 2007 - May 2013
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Field of study
  • Geography and Urban Regional Analysis
August 2006 - December 2007
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Field of study
  • Higher Education Leadership
August 2004 - December 2006
University of Tennessee
Field of study
  • Geography

Publications

Publications (43)
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In recent years, an increasing number of places across the United States, including cities in the southeastern US, have launched immigrant and refugee integration and “welcoming city” policies and programs. However, there has been little focus on the scope, implementation, and impact of such programs or on the broader receiving community. This stud...
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Universities and colleges worldwide have quickly moved campus-based classes to virtual spaces due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This article explores the impact of this sudden transition of learning and teaching based on experiences and evidence from six institutions across three countries. Our findings suggest that although online and remote learning...
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Metropolitan regions in the southeastern United States are among the fastest-growing regions in the country. Due in part to broader economic transitions and related pull factors, urban regions in the American South are poised for further growth. In addition to pull factors driving current and projected migration trends, climate change-induced migra...
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The online pivot has opened many people’s eyes to new possibilities and challenges in the postpandemic world. This article describes what five geographers in three different countries learned from the experiment and assesses how the lessons can be carried forward. One of the big surprises for some of us was the extent to which students were open to...
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Amid the shift to virtual learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, educators across disciplines were faced with developing new strategies for active learning. This article discusses findings from a case study of using Google Earth for virtual field trips and projects in an undergraduate Geography of North America course, assessing the process of inco...
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Despite vacillating national discourses on immigration policy and complications of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, a growing number of cities continue affiliating with the international “welcoming movement.” The welcoming movement consists of a transnational network of municipalities in partnership with nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations, t...
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When immigrating to a new host country, the overall integration process for immigrant youth and refugees can be taxing, as experiences with prejudice and discrimination are likely to occur. This article highlights the role of contact and social identity in reducing biases such as stereotypes or prejudice for immigrant youth using the contact hypoth...
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From 2016 to 2018, an interdisciplinary community-engaged project incorporating community-based participatory research methodology, explored how the role of storytelling is integral for the transference of knowledge, history, and sense of purpose. The outcomes help us understand how the views of receiving communities change over time with respect t...
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In the context of the United States of America (U.S.), COVID-19 has influenced migrant experiences in a variety of ways, including the government's use of public health orders to prevent migration into the country and the risk of immigrants contracting COVID-19 while in detention centers. However, this paper focuses on barriers that immigrants of d...
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Regional geography presents a framework to explore ways in which the diverse thematic/systematic processes of physical and human geography construct, deconstruct, and reconstruct dynamic characteristics of particular places and regions. In the second edition of Across This Land: A Regional Geography of the United States and Canada, Professor John C...
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In Summer 2019, our research team completed a scoping review of published articles and practitioner-focused grey literature to learn more about the intersections between immigration and health in the United States. Our research questions were: 1) What does the literature tell us about immigration and health equity in the US? and 2) What does the li...
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More than half the global population lives in metropolitan areas, and this proportion will likely increase throughout the 21st century. A significant contributor to this growth will be immigrants and other newcomers. The opportunities that metro areas offer, economic and otherwise, place cities on the front line of immigrant integration. Cities are...
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Global cities significantly shape our world by driving solutions across a range of challenges, including migration. A new Chicago Council report, A Global Welcome: Metro Chicago’s Approach to Immigrant Inclusion, provides an overview of greater Chicago’s immigrant community and highlights unique approaches taken to create a more inclusive city, whi...
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Immigration—both the experience of migrating and events after migration—can affect the mental health and well-being of immigrants and their communities. However, evidence suggests that immigrants in the United States do not access mental health services to the same extent as nonimmigrants. In particular, immigrant adolescents and young adults may h...
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Cities and counties play a central role in setting the tone for immigrant integration and receptivity, despite changing discourses on immigration at the state and federal level. Amid the broader context of immigration federalism and debates over immigration policy at the national level, local places in recent years have been pursuing their own path...
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The United States has historically accepted and resettled refugees by opening its doors to those fleeing violence, armed conflict, or persecution around the world. However, the degree of receptivity toward refugee resettlement has vacillated over time. This study examines the challenges and opportunities that Refugee Resettlement Agencies (RRAs) ex...
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Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is used as a community-engaged research practice because of its inclusion of community perspectives. The participatory approach enhances validity of community-engaged research, facilitates effective work with communities, and acknowledges accurate understanding of community characteristics. We sought to...
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Welcoming America, a nonprofit organization based in metropolitan Atlanta, has grown a membership network throughout the United States. The network consists of nonprofit organizations and local governments that present their communities as “welcoming” for immigrants and refugees—referred to as “Welcoming Cities.” In 2018, Welcoming America launched...
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Amid a broader context of immigration federalism and debates over immigration policy in the United States at the national level, states and municipalities in recent years have been pursuing their own paths on local immigration policy. One example is the welcoming cities movement that has formed a growing network of municipalities across the United...
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Undocumented youth experience partial integration in some institutional spaces, but remain barred from others. They are permitted to attend and graduate from K‐12 public schools, yet, the geographic unevenness of immigration policy leads to inequitable access to higher education for undocumented youth. In this paper, we examine undocumented higher...
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A growing number of leaders in towns and cities across the United States have embraced policies encouraging receptivity and integration of immigrant populations. This article examines this phenomenon and how communities are seeking greater immigrant integration. To do this, we describe immigration federalism and how it influences receptivity. A dis...
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Welcoming America is a nonprofit organization based in Decatur, Georgia. Their focus is on making communities more inclusive for everyone, including racially and ethnically diverse foreign-born residents. In recent years, Welcoming America has developed an affiliate network throughout the United States comprised of institutions including nonprofits...
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Community receptivity, a critical component in integration processes, is a place’s collective response to newcomers. It is a constructed context in which the experiences of settlement and adjustment for both immigrants and non-immigrants occur. Receptivity is fluid, shaped by multi-scalar components of a community’s political, economic, social, and...
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In the face of America’s changing demographics, future prosperity depends in partupon the ability of local communities to attract and retain a diverse population withdiverse sets of skills. In the native-born population, there are fewer births and moreretirements. That demographic fact has been compounded by the decline of largemanufacturing compan...
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To what degree can a museum impact cultural change in a community? Drawing from an evaluation of Levine Museum of the New South's Speaking of Change program, this article – which is the outcome of a community engaged partnership between museum staff, urban social geographers, and urban education scholars – describes one museum's community practice...
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Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow provides a compelling analysis of the forces and choices that have shaped the trend toward the resegregation of public schools. By assembling a wide range of contributors—historians, sociologists, economists, and education scholars—the editors provide a comprehensive view of a community’s experience with desegregation...
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In the context of Charlotte, North Carolina's, emergence as a “globalizing” pre-emergent immigrant gateway, this paper focuses on a complex and multiscalar set of governmental policies and community-development dynamics that are shaping localized response to Hispanic/Latino immigration. Specifically, we explore how these policies and dynamics play...
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Immigration Options for Investors and Entrepreneurs, now in its third edition, covers the immigration law considerations for attorneys representing investors and entrepreneurs.
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A potent combination of declining population growth and economic stagnation has led many citiesand metropolitan regions to rethink how to reinvigorate their communities. The Midwest is a primeexample of this trend. According to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, “the Midwest cannot hopeto keep up with other regions or international competitors...
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Community receptivity expresses the degree of openness within a place tosomeone or something new. Receptivity is shaped by multiple components, institutions,and structures related to a community’s political, economic, social, and cultural spheres.Receptivity also encapsulates how immigrants perceive their reception in their new home.This mixed meth...
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On January 15, 2011, Levine Museum of the New South, in celebration of its twentieth anniversary, reopened their award-winning exhibit COURAGE: The Carolina Story that Changed America. In conjunction with the Courage exhibit, the Museum also unveiled a new exhibit, Para Todos Los Niños: Fighting Segregation before Brown v. Board. The exhibits compl...
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On January 15, 2011, Levine Museum of the New South, in celebration of its twentieth anniversary, reopened their award-winning exhibit COURAGE: The Carolina Story that Changed America. In conjunction with the Courage exhibit, the Museum also unveiled a new exhibit, Para Todos Los Niños: Fighting Segregation before Brown v. Board. The exhibits compl...
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In this report, the UNC Charlotte evaluation team, in partnership with the Levine Museum of the New South, assessed the effectiveness of the Speaking of Change dialogues to engage participants in a conversation on the themes presented in the Changing Places exhibit at the Levine Museum of the New South, especially around issues of cultural change a...
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Immigration is changing the U.S. South in unprecedented ways. First and later generations of Latinos and Asians comprise increasing portions of the population in towns and cities across the region. Some of these newcomers have started entrepreneurial business ventures rather than going to work for someone else. This research examines the forces dri...
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Immigration is changing the U.S. South in unprecedented ways. The South is no longer nearly the exclusive domain of whites and blacks as Hispanics and Asians comprise increasingly influential minorities in towns and cities throughout the region. Immigrants, many of whom are recent arrivals, are choosing to start entrepreneurial business ventures ra...

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