Ann is an Associate Professor at the Ford School of Public Policy. She is currently studying immigration policies, such as guest worker programs and legalization, and the political beliefs of American immigrants. She looks at the provisions that make policy easy or difficult to implement, the beliefs and behavior of people who implement policies, and the reactions of those who are targeted by policy. She received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago in 1994 and was the 1992-93 Robert W. Hartley Fellow in Governmental Studies at The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. Prior to receiving her Ph.D., Dr. Lin was a social worker at Covenant House in New York City, and a member of the Covenant House Faith Community.
She shares her thoughts with Carlos Robles-Shanahan and Dulce Rios-Ortiz in the Undocumented episode, where they collectively explore the resistance and rugged path toward opportunities undocumented students face at the University of Michigan, and their commitment to support and advocate for the needs of the undocumented community.