Journal of Undergraduate Research


dual citizenship, civic duty, national identity, global community


Family, Home, and Social Sciences


Political Science


In America alone, the number of dual citizens is estimated between one to five million. In this age of globalization, this number is expected to increase as more and more families consist of parents from two different countries. Despite the everincreasing number of dual citizens, and even as researchers continue to study how citizenship affects an individual’s perspective of their civic duties, identity, and views of others, there have been virtually no studies conducted to better understand the growing role of those who have legal ties to more than one nation-state. This results in a drought of information about this sizeable group. Governments across the globe enact policies which encourage or discourage an individual from holding multiple passports, all while lacking information about the group they are impacting. Owing to the immense scale and diversity of dual-citizens the world over, our intention with our research was not to offer any declarative answers but rather to conduct exploratory research on European-American citizens. We conducted interviews that allowed us to develop hypotheses which, in a follow up study, will be tested on a larger and more diverse sample. In a very real sense, our research over the past year guided us as we prepared for more intensive research, research that will seek to answer hypotheses rather than develop them.