Randy Capps
Director of Research for U.S. Programs


  • English language learners
  • Minority students

Randy Capps is director of research for U.S. programs at the Migration Policy Institute. His areas of expertise include immigration trends, the unauthorized population, immigrants in the U.S. labor force, the children of immigrants and their well-being, and immigrant health-care and public benefits access and use. Capps, a demographer, has published widely on immigrant integration at the state and local levels, including profiles of immigrant populations in Arkansas, Connecticut and Maryland, as well as Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Louisville, Ky., and Napa County, Calif. He also has examined the impact of the detention and deportation of immigrant parents on children. Prior to joining MPI, Capps was a researcher in the Immigration Studies Program at the Urban Institute from 1993 to 1996 and 2000 to 2008. He received his doctorate in sociology from the University of Texas in 1999 and his master’s, also from the University of Texas, in 1992.