We're working to humanize 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.
We still ask the question: How do you Define American?
In 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas came out to the world as an undocumented immigrant. Jose revealed his status to three media professional friends — Jehmu Greene, Alicia Menendez, and Jake Brewer — and together, they created Define American.