Humanizing the immigrant narrative, one story at a time.
Define American empowers diverse and nuanced storytelling about immigrant experiences across mediums and industries through research, partnerships, and storyteller engagement. Founded in 2011 by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Tony-nominated producer Jose Antonio Vargas, our work is helping audiences see all immigrants with their full humanity.Learn more about us
Telling Authentic Immigrant Stories
Every immigrant story is unique. Define American’s third Media Reference Guide educates content creators on best practices for telling specific, layered immigrant stories in the media they produce, helping immigrants be seen in their full humanity.Learn more
‘Immigration Will Destroy Us’ and Other Talking Points
The culmination of three years of original research at Define American looking at the impact, tactics, and reach of anti-immigration narratives on YouTube — and tools to fight back.Learn more
The Define American Immigrant Representation Scale
Our new assessment tool helps creators in entertainment tell more humanized, nuanced, and fully-realized stories through immigrant characters for television and film.Learn more