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Migration Methods Summer Institute Instuctors

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Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes is a professor and chair of the Department of Economics at San Diego State University. She is also a Research Fellow at CReAM, FEDEA and IZA, an Advisory committee member of the Americas Center Advisory Council at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the 2013-2014 recipient of the Garcia-Robles Border Fulbright. She is the past President-elect of the American Society of Hispanic Economists (ASHE). Her areas of interest include international migration, remittances and, more broadly, labor economics. She has published on contingent work contracts, the informal work sector, immigrant saving, international remittances, immigration policy and immigrant health care. Her work has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, among other agencies.

James D. Bachmeier is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Temple University. His research is focused on patterns of immigrant incorporation in the United States, illegal migration, and the measurement of immigrant legal status. He is an MPI Nonresident Fellow. Dr. Bachmeier’s research has been published in leading social science journals and he is a member of the American Sociological Association and the Population Association of America. Prior to joining the Sociology Department at Temple in 2013, Dr. Bachmeier was a postdoctoral researcher in the Population Research Institute at The Pennsylvania State University. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology in 2010 from the University of California, Irvine.

Irene Bloemraad (Ph.D. Harvard; M.A. McGill) is Professor of Sociology and the Thomas Garden Barnes Chair of Canadian Studies at Berkeley. In 2014-15, she served as a member of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences committee reporting on the integration of immigrants into American society. She studies how immigrants become incorporated into political bodies and the consequences of their presence on politics and understandings of membership. Her research stands at the intersection of immigration studies and political sociology, with a strong interdisciplinary (and international) scope. It falls into four broad areas; Citizenship & Multiculturalism, Immigration Community Organizations, Political Socialization in Mixed-Status Families, and Diversity & Democracy.

Dennis Feehan is a demographer and quantitative social scientist. His research interests lie at the intersection of networks, demography, and quantitative methodology. He is an Assistant Professor of Demography at the University of California, Berkeley. In the summer of 2015, he finished his Ph.D. at Princeton’s Office of Population Research.

Filiz Garip’s research lies at the intersection of migration, economic sociology and inequality. Within this general area, she studies the mechanisms that enable or constrain mobility and lead to greater or lesser degrees of social and economic inequality. Garip received her Ph.D. in Sociology and M.S.E in Operations Research & Financial Engineering both from Princeton University. She holds a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from Bogazici University, Istanbul. Dr. Garip received the Harold W. Dodds Honorific Fellowship at Princeton, and was part of the Woodrow Wilson Society of Fellows. At Harvard, she taught courses on migration and economic sociology, and won the George Kahrl Excellence in Teaching Award from the Department of Sociology.

Jens Hainmueller is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Stanford University and the Faculty Co-Director of the Stanford Immigration Policy Lab that is focused on the design and evaluation of immigration and integration policies and programs. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and also studied at the London School of Economics, Brown University, and the University of Tübingen. Before joining Stanford, he served on the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Jens Hainmueller is an expert in causal inference, statistics and immigration studies. Hainmueller has worked with governments and NGOs around the world to design and evaluate citizenship and integration policies involving immigrants and refugees. In addition to dozens of academic articles, he has published three open source software packages that can be used by other researchers.

Jennifer van Hook is Roy C. Buck Professor of Sociology and Demography at the Penn State University, and non-resident fellow at the Migration Policy Institute. She is currently co-editor of Demography, the flagship journal for population science. Van Hook is also the director of graduate studies for Sociology at Penn State this summer and she served as director of the Population Research Institute at Penn State University from 2012 to 2016. Her research has been recognized for its creative use of data to solve demographic puzzles, including questions about the size, growth, composition, and health of the unauthorized foreign-born population. In a recent string of articles and reports, she and her colleagues evaluated existing methods for imputing immigrants’ legal status and developed and tested a new method for imputing immigrant legal status that has since been used to evaluate President Obama’s deferred action policies (e.g., DACA and DAPA).

Taeku Lee is Professor of Political Science and Law at the University of California, Berkeley. Lee is also Associate Director of the Haas Institute at Berkeley, Managing Director of Asian American Decisions, and Co-Principal Investigator of the National Asian American Survey. Lee is currently Treasurer and on the Executive Council for the American Political Science Association and serves on the Board of Overseers of the American National Election Studies and the General Social Survey, and on the National Advisory Committee for the U.S. Census Bureau. Lee is a renowned expert on racial and ethnic politics, Asian American politics and policy, opinion polling and survey research, and election law and political participation.

Katerina Linos received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University and is a Professor of Law at UC Berkeley. Linos examines networks as part and parcel of information diffusion, including in the context of migration and asylum-seeking. Her previous work details how ordinary citizens and elected politicians spread ideas about policy reform in health, family and employment law in lieu of diffusion through international elites or technocratic networks. Currently, her research examines how clandestine migrants who are escaping violence in the Middle East and Africa use mobile phone technology and social media in Europe to learn about asylum law, as well as how such technologies spread mis-information.

  • Prof. Magnus Lofstrom, PPIC/IZA/Julian Samora Research Institute at Michigan State University/CReAM at UC San Diego (Economics)

Magnus Lofstrom is a senior fellow at PPIC. His areas of expertise include public safety, immigration, entrepreneurship, and education. His recent work examines crime trends in California, public safety realignment and recidivism, and California’s jail capacity and construction needs. He also holds appointments as research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Germany, community scholar at the Julian Samora Research Institute at Michigan State University, and research associate at the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California, San Diego. He serves on the editorial board of Industrial Relations and was a member of California State Controller John Chiang’s Council of Economic Advisors. Prior to joining PPIC, he was an assistant professor of economics at the University of Texas at Dallas. He received his PhD in economics from the University of California, San Diego.

Cecilia Menjívar (Ph.D., UC Davis; Foundation Distinguished Professor) is a leading expert in theorizing the violence perpetuated by legal regimes and in studying undocumented immigrants or migrants in temporary protected or other “liminal” legal statuses. She specializes in qualitative field work, with special attention to gender, family dynamics, social networks and religious institutions.  She is currently the recipient of a John S. Guggenheim Fellowship to write a book based on longitudinal fieldwork she undertook on immigration and legality in Arizona.

Ashton Verdery received his Ph.D. in 2015 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015 and is currently an assistant professor in Sociology and Demography at PennState University. His research focuses on social networks. He is especially interested in demographic processes, specifically how population dynamics shape family, kinship, and social networks and how those networks in turn affect health and other population processes. He has given special attention to migration and the network ties that migrants retain to origin areas after moving as well as the new ties they form in different destinations. He is also very interested in using social networks as a basis for sampling populations that are otherwise difficult to survey. In this line of research, he is working on new ways to use and improve network based sampling methods, especially respondent-driven sampling.

Leti Volpp is a Robert D. and Leslie Kay Raven Professor of Law in Access to Justice and the Director of the Center for Race and Gender. After graduating from Columbia Law School in 1993, Leti Volpp clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Thelton E. Henderson ’62 of the Northern District of California, and then worked as a public interest lawyer for several years. Volpp served as a Skadden Fellow at Equal Rights Advocates and the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, both in San Francisco; as a trial attorney in the Voting Section of the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division in Washington, D.C.; and as a staff attorney at the National Employment Law Project in New York City. Volpp’s numerous honors include two Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowships, a MacArthur Foundation Individual Research and Writing Grant, and the Association of American Law Schools Minority Section Derrick A. Bell, Jr., Award. She writes about citizenship, migration, culture and identity. 

Tom K. Wong is an associate professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego and recently served as an advisor to the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) under the Obama administration. He is also Director of the International Migration Studies Program Minor. His research focuses on the politics of immigration, citizenship, and migrant "illegality." As these issues have far-reaching implications, his work also explores the links between immigration, race and ethnicity, and the politics of identity. He is also on the leadership committee of the California Immigrant Policy Center, the board of the New American Leaders Project, and recently served on the advisory council of Unbound Philanthropy. Wong also consults on campaigns and elections, specializing in mobilizing low-propensity voters of color and immigrant communities.

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