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Summer Institute in Migration Research Methods 2018

2018 Summer Institute in Migration Research Methods

Program Overview

The 2018 Summer Institute in Migration Research Methods (SIMRM) provided 8 days of training in the use and analysis of migration data at Berkeley from June 17 through June 28, 2018. It targeted early career scholars (graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and untenured junior faculty five years from PhD). The institute drew local and national experts to train attendees and provide on-site mentorship. Most participant costs were covered thanks to award #78-18-01 from the Russell Sage Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

The inaugural institute focused on three topics:

  • Collecting, imputing and analyzing data related to legal status
  • Best practices and new methods for surveying immigrant and mobile populations
  • The use of new data sources (e.g., web scraping, social media data) in migration studies.


Presentation Slides from 2018 Session

Legal Status in Migration Studies

Law and Migration 
by Dr. Volpp

Introduction to collecting/imputing legal status 
by Dr. Bachmeier, Dr. Van Hook

Causal identification of legal status effects 
by ​Dr. Hainmueller

Assessing immigration and enforcement policies 
by Dr. Amuedo-Dorantes, Dr. Lofstrom


Studying Mobile or Hidden Populations

Survey methods & immigrants: 
the pros and cons of different
by Dr. Lee

Using social networks and
respondent-driven sampling
by Dr. Verdery

New computational network methods
by Dr. Feehan


Mixed method techniques:
by Dr. Garip


New Data Source

Introduction to web scraping 
by Dr. Scott


Web scraping, social media,
machine learning & the Hate Speech
by Ms. Broege

Visualizing (spatial) data using data
on refugee camps
by Dr. Frontiera


Additional sessions not included in this list are those for which slides are unavailable. To see the full list of topics covered, see the "Program" link above.

Instructors from 2018 Session

Prof. Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes,
UC San Diego (Economics)

Nora Broege,
UC Berkeley
(D-Lab & Sociology)


Prof. Irene Bloemraad,
UC Berkeley (Sociology)

Prof. Dennis Feehan,
UC Berkeley (Demography)

Dr. Patty Frontiera,
UC Berkeley (D-Lab)

Prof. Filiz Garip,
Cornell University (Sociology)


Prof. Taeku Lee,
UC Berkeley (Law)

Prof. Katerina Linos,
UC Berkeley (Law)

Professor James Bachmeier photo
Prof. James Bachmeier,
Temple University (Sociology)
Migration Policy Institute

Professor Hainmueller photo
Prof. Jens Hainmueller,
Stanford University 
(Political Science)


Prof. Magnus Lofstrom,
Julian Samora Research Institute
UC San Diego (Economics)

Prof. Jennifer van Hook,
Pennsylvania State 
(Sociology and Demography)

Prof. Cecilia Menjívar,
UCLA (Sociology)

Prof. Ashton Verdery,
Penn State (Sociology)


Prof. Leti Volpp,
UC Berkeley (Law)

Prof. Tom Wong
UC San Diego (Political Science)




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