Peter Skerry is a nonresident senior fellow for Governmental Studies at the Brookings Institution. His areas of expertise include racial and ethnic politics, social policy, immigration, government statistics, and the U.S. Census.
Skerry is also a professor in the Department of Government at Claremont McKenna College. He is a former fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a former assistant professor in residence in the Department of Political Science at UCLA. While at UCLA, Skerry was director of Washington Programs at the Center for American Politics and Public Policy.
Skerry is a former research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and served as a legislative director for retired Senator Daniel P. Moynihan. He is also a former Hartley Research Fellow in Governmental Studies at Brookings.
Skerry has published several books and book chapters, among them, Counting on the Census? Race, Group Identity, and the Evasion of Politics; "The Racialization of Immigration Policy," in Morton Keller and R. Shep Melnick's Taking Stock: American Government in the Twentieth Century; "Immigrants, Bureaucrats, and Life Choices," in Peter Duignan's The Debate in the United States over Immigration; "E Pluribus Hispanic?" in F. Chris Garcia's Pursuing Power: Latinos and the Political System; and Mexican Americans: The Ambivalent Minority.
Skerry received his B.A. from Tufts University, and his masters in education and Ph.D. from Harvard University.