Change is Hard: Managing Fear and Anxiety about Demographic Change and Immigration in Polarized Times

Suzette Brooks Masters
Date of Publication: 
January, 2020
Source Organization: 
Welcoming America

As a strategy fellow at Welcoming America, Suzette Brooks Masters set out to understand how anxieties about demographic change, immigration and American identity can power the rise of authoritarian populists and ethnonationalists. After extensive review of the vast and growing multidisciplinary literature on these topics, and numerous discussions with experts and colleagues, Ms. Masters wrote this compact yet provocative research brief.

This research synopsis is designed to spur and deepen an important and challenging conversation about how to bring our nation together and shape a more cohesive and inclusive America.

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Brooks Masters, S. (2019, January). Change is hard: Managing fear and anxiety about demographic change and immigration in polarized times [Research brief]. Retrieved from