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Professor, Author Torrie Hester to Deliver William L. Davis, S.J. Lecture Oct. 10

Torrie Hester, Ph.D. (Photo courtesy of Torrie Hester)

‘Deportation: The Origins of U.S. Immigration and Deportation Policy’

SPOKANE, Wash. – Torrie Hester, Ph.D., associate professor of history at St. Louis University, will discuss her research on U.S. immigration policy and its impact on geopolitics when she delivers Gonzaga University’s William L. Davis, S.J. Lecture at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 10 in Jepson Center’s Wolff Auditorium.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is titled “Deportation: The Origins of U.S. Immigration and Deportation Policy” and will feature a discussion on Hester’s book, “Deportation: The Origins of U.S. Policy.” In the lecture, Hester will discuss how the meaning of the words immigrant and citizen have changed since 1892.

Hester earned a doctorate from the University of Oregon in 2008 and a master’s degree from California State University in 2000. Her scholarly work appears in numerous publications, including the University of Pennsylvania Press, Journal of American History, Journal of Women’s History, and the Encyclopedia of American Immigration. She has received numerous grants, honors and awards, including from St. Louis University, the University of Oregon, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

Gonzaga established the lecture series to honor the pioneering work of the late Rev. William Lyle Davis, S.J., and his dedication to Gonzaga. Davis was a Gonzaga history professor from 1931-1960 and served as chair of the history department from 1943-1960.

For more information, contact Robert Donnelly, Gonzaga associate professor and department chair, at (509) 313-3691 or

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