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Interdisciplinary Immigration Workshop

The Interdisciplinary Immigration Workshop meets every two weeks during the academic year so members can share work-in-progress about any aspect of research on migration/immigration. It welcomes contemporary and historical research on migration, immigrants and their children, in the US and around the world. The workshop is open to any researcher at UCB—grad students, faculty, staff, post-docs—as well as visiting scholars on campus for the semester. The Interdisciplinary Immigration Workshop is facilitated by Irene BloemraadCybelle Fox, and G. Cristina Mora of the Department of Sociology, but we warmly encourage participation from diverse disciplinary and methodological approaches. The workshop is grateful for funding from the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE).

Workshop Layout 

During every workshop, we will discuss two papers, each no more than 25 double-spaced pages in length. These papers can range from research proposals to articles in preparation for publication. One discussant/respondent will be in charge of providing detailed comments for each paper, and all workshop members can provide additional feedback. Papers are sent out one week before the workshop meets to allow all participants ample time to read the work-in-progress thoroughly. This fall we will meet in person almost every other Monday from 12:00 to 1:30 pm. The specific dates for Fall 2021 semester are:

9/13 (via Zoom)

10/4 (hybrid; 420 Social Sciences Building)

10/18 (modality TBD)

11/1 (modality TBD)

11/15 (modality TBD)

11/29 (modality TBD)

Email Nadia Almasalkhi at to be added to the workshop listserv.

Workshop Requirements

Units and Requirements: You can attend the workshop without officially enrolling, but graduate students are encouraged to register for this 1 unit P/NP class through the Sociology department. Enrollment helps justify the budget and course to the department. In order to pass, you are required to either:

  • come to most sessions, OR

  • present a work in progress, OR

  • act as a discussant for one of the papers.

The course number for Fall 2021 is CCN 15044.

Fall 2021 Schedule of Presenters

October 4:
Luis Tenorio
Nallely Mejia

October 18:
Ming Hsu Chen
Nadia Almasalkhi

November 1:
Audrey Augenbraum
Silvana Larrea

November 15:
Nicholas Fraser
Andrea Miranda-Gonzalez

November 29:
Alein Haro
Gisselle Perez-Leon

Workshop Lineups in Past Semesters

Spring 2021 Schedule

January 25: 
Boroka Bo - “Tell me who's your neighbor and I will tell you how much time you've got: the spatial-temporal consequences of residential segregation”

February 8:
Katherine Kunz - "How does the program, Projekt DA-SEIN, create a home for asylum-seekers who have arrived in Basel, Switzerland?"
Irene Bloemraad & Cybelle Fox - Professionalization session on writing, publishing, and networking/marketing your work

February 22:
Nadia Almasalkhi - "Non-Participation in the Syrian Diaspora for Arab Spring (Intro, Lit Review, Background + Methods)"

March 8:
Isabel Garcia-Valdivia - "'¿Por qué se asustan? (Why are they scared?)': The Effects of Immigration Enforcement in Late Adulthood"
Ethan Roubenoff - "Quantifying Access to Immigrant-Serving Nonprofits"

March 29:
Johanna Schenner - "H-2A workers in California agriculture"
Stephanie Peng - "The Role of Partisanship in Immigration Judges' Decision Making."

April 12:
Daimeon Shanks - “Rationalizing Regulation: Irregular Immigration Policymaking in the Shadow of Dysfunction.”
Irene Bloemraad - "Immigrant Organizations and protests in the 1950s to 1990s"

April 26:
Melanie Plascenia - "Aging on the Hudson: A Pan-Latinx Migration History"
Mitzia Martinez - "From Illegalized to Legalized: A Study on Immigrants that Undergo Legalization"

Fall 2020 Schedule

September 14:                                                                                                                                                            
Adriana Ramirez - “La Promesa Nacional:” Young Return Migrants Negotiating Membership in Oaxaca, Mexico                                                                                          
Discussants: Luis Tenorio                               

September 28:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Luis Tenorio - "How Legal Organizations Shape Incorporation of Central American Unaccompanied Minors"                                                                            
Andy Chang - Introduction to Dissertation 

October 12:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Nallely Mejia - "Mexican Immigrant Couples and Food Negotiations Through Life Events"
Andrea Gonzalez -"Can We Use the Mexican Labor Force Survey to understand the characteristics of Mexican migrants?"

October 26:                                                                         
Alein Haro- "How Experiences and Perceptions of Immigration Policies Shape Mental Health Among Day Laborers in the East Bay"                                               
Carlos Schmidt-Padilla - "The Returned: Repatriations, Elections, and Policy Polarization in El Salvador"                                                                                          

November 9:                                                                     
Katherine Kunz - "An Ethnographic Study of Asylum-Seeking and Home in Basel, Switzerland "
Willow- "Transitude: Trans* Perspectives on Immigration Detention" 

November 23:                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Johanna Schenner- "Experiences of (unlawful) Employment Conditions by Undocumented and Guest Workers in the California Strawberry Industry"                     
Nadia Almasalkhi - "Transnational Political Engagement in the U.S.-based Syrian Diaspora."

Spring 2020 Schedule

January 22:
Michelle Phillips - Racialization of the Servent

February 5:
Paco Martin Del Campo - The Role of Latina Workers in Industrial Workers' Movements in the USA
Mao-Mei Liu -  Developing Survey Questions for Comparative Study on Immigrant Aging

February 19:
Andy Scott Chang - Buying Jobs and Selling Resumes
Luis Tenorio - Time and Shifting Immigration Contexts: The Legal Cases of Central American Unaccompanied Minors under the Obama and Trump Administrations

March 4:
Julia Glathe - Social Constructions of Immigration as Political Object in Russian Expert Discourse
Michelle Phillips - Dissertation Chapter 

March 18:
Claudia S. Wilopo - Bordering Practices in Switzerland
Adriana Ramirez - “La Promesa Nacional:” Returning Migrant Youth and Young Adults Negotiating Membership in Oaxaca, Mexico

April 01:
Salomé Ragot - Media Representation of Detention Facilities
Andrea  - Using Longitudinal Surveys in Mexico with a Focus on Migrants' Gender

April 15:
Kevin Lee - Social Policy and Immigrant Worker Health
Nalley Mejia - TBA

April 29:
Alein Haro - Immigrant Health and Policy
Katherine Kunz - How Refugees Understand Home (empirical chapter from the dissertation)

Fall 2019 Schedule

September 9:
Angela S. Garcia - Enduring Immigrant "Illegality": Time, Waiting, and the State in Cross-Border Perspective
Discussant: Isabel Garcia

September 23:

Mao Mei Liu - Enduring Family Migration Networks Across the Life Course: The Case of Senegal
Discussant: Paco Martin del Capo

Ivón Padilla-Rodríguez -  "Los Hijos Son La Riqueza Del Pobre:" Domestic and International Child Migration, Mexican Agricultural Child Labor, and the Legal Right to Education, 1940-1960.
Discussant: Stephen A. Rosenbaum

October 7:
Rocio Rosales - Fruteros: Street Vending, Illegality, and Transforming Ethnic Communities in Los Angeles
Discussant: Nallely Mejia

Alicia Sheares - Attitudes on Undocumented Immigrants
Discussant: Luis Tenorio

October 21:
Luis Tenorio - Law and Society Piece on Unaccompanied Minors and Detention
Discussant: Pauline White Meeusen

Kevin Lee - Employer-Sponsored Insurance Among Immigrant Workers
Discussant: Mao-Mei Liu

November 4:
Nadia Almasalkhi - Research Plan
Discussant: Katherine Kunz

Katherine Kunz - Church-Based Refugee Programs and Swiss Integration Policy
Discussant: Nadia Almasalkhi

November 18:
Willow and Maddy Kane - Resilience Narratives: Mutual Support Groups and Healing Post-Release from ICE Detention
Discussant: Kevin Lee

Nallely Mejia - 
Discussant: Alicia Sheares

December 2:
Pauline White Meeusen - Social media
Discussant: Maddy Kane

Isabel Garcia - The Effects of Legal Status on Older Mexican Migrants in the U.S. and Mexico
Discussant: Nallely Mejia

Spring 2019 Schedule

February 11:
Jae Kim - Varieties of Linked Fate: How Asian and African American Political Elites Talked about Solidarity
Discussant: Isabel Garcia Valdivia

Esther Cho - A Source of Sanctuary or Shame? The Duality of the Korean Ethnic Church in the Lives of Undocumented Korean
Discussant: Jae Kim

February 25:
Isabel Garcia Valdivia - Older Adult Immigrant Aging
Discussant: Adriana Ramirez

Irene Bloemraad - "Immigrants and Social Movements” book proposal
Discussant: Brendan Shanahan

March 11:
Adriana Ramirez - The Mexican Dream: Returning Migrant Youth's Adaptation Experience in Oaxaca, Mexico
Discussant: Mao-Mei Liu

Paco Martin del Campo - Preventing Precedent: Black and Latinx Farmworkers, the Communist Party, and the Law in the U.S. West During the Strike Wave of 1933-34
Discussant: Ivon Padilla-Rodriguez

April 1:
Alein Haro - Public Attitudes: Expanding Medicaid Access to Undocumented Californians
Discussant: Paco Martin del Campo

Andy Chang - Transnational Labor Market Fields: Stratification of Gender and Occupation in International Migration from Indonesia
Discussant: Antonia Mardones Marshall

April 15:
Mao-Mei Liu - Trauma and Migration over the Life Cycle
Discussant: Esther Cho

Dani Carillo - In the fight for public healthcare, we need to include immigrants
Discussant: TBD

April 29:
Clara Turner - Economic Impacts of Naturalization on Young Immigrants
Discussant: TBD

Nadia Almasalkhi - Syrian American Civic Engagement (MA Proposal)
Discussant: Paco Martín del Campo

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