2020-2021 Summer Institute in Migration Research Methods

2021 Summer Institute in Migration Research Methods

The Summer Institute was to be held at the University of California, Berkeley campus, in May 2020, but was moved to the summer of 2021 due to COVID-19. The Institute was organized and directed by Professors Irene Bloemraad (UC Berkeley) and Jennifer Van Hook (Pennsylvania State University). The program is made possible thanks to the generous funding from the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Russell Sage Foundation.

The details of the virtual Summer Institute can be found here. It includes the description of the participants, instructors, and the program agenda.

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Guest Instructors

Irene Bloemraad

Irene Bloemraad (UC Berkeley) - Irene Bloemraad is the Class of 1951 Professor of Sociology and the founding Director of the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative. She studies how immigrants become incorporated into political communities and the consequences of immigration on politics and understandings of membership. Her research stands at the intersection of immigration studies and political sociology, with a strong interdisciplinary and comparative orientation.

Jennifer Van Hook

Jennifer Van Hook (Penn State University) - Jennifer Van Hook is Roy C. Buck Professor of Sociology and Demography at the Pennsylvania State University, and non-resident fellow at the Migration Policy Institute. Her research focuses on the demographics of immigrant populations and the socioeconomic integration of immigrants and their children. One strand of her work uses demographic methods to estimate the size, characteristics, and dynamics of the unauthorized foreign-born population. Another strand of her work focuses on the health and well-being of immigrants and their children.

Brandie Nonnecke

Brandie Nonnecke (CITRIS Policy Lab, UC Berkeley) - Brandie Nonnecke, PhD is Founding Director of the CITRIS Policy Lab, headquartered at UC Berkeley. Brandie has expertise in information and communication technology (ICT) policy and internet governance. She studies human rights at the intersection of law, policy, and emerging technologies with her current work focusing on fairness, accountability, and appropriate governance mechanisms for AI. She served as a fellow at the Aspen Institute’s Tech Policy Hub and at the World Economic Forum on the Council on the Future of the Digital Economy and Society. She was named a 2018 RightsCon Young Leader in Human Rights in Tech and received the 2019 Emerging Scholar Award at the 15th Intl. Common Ground Conference on Technology, Knowledge, and Society. Her research has been featured in Wired, NPR, BBC News, MIT Technology Review, Buzzfeed News, among others. Her research publications, op-eds, and presentations are available at nonnecke.com. She is currently studying the role of Twitter bots in spreading disinformation, harassment and political divisiveness on immigration issues to influence voting behavior.

Jens Hainmueller

Jens Hainmueller (Stanford University) - Jens is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Stanford University and holds a courtesy appointment in the Stanford Graduate School of Business. His research interests include statistical methods, causal inference, immigration, and political economy. He has published over 60 articles, many of them in top general science journals and top field journals in political science, statistics, economics, and business. His statistical methods are used by organizations to conduct causal inferences in various settings. He has also published three open source software packages and his research has received awards and funding from organizations such as Schmidt Futures, the Robin Hood Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Health, the Society of Political Methodology, and the National Bureau of Economic Research. In 2016 he was selected as an Andrew Carnegie Fellow.

Joanna Dreby

Joanna Dreby (University at Albany - SUNY) - Joanna Dreby’s research primarily focuses on family dynamics under conditions of increased globalization, with specific expertise in research with Mexican migrants and with children. She is author of the award-winning books Divided by Borders: Mexican Migrants and their Children (University of California Press 2010) and Everyday Illegal: When Policies Undermine Immigrant Families (University of California Press 2015), and the award-winning article "The Burden of Deportation on Children in Mexican Immigrant Families" (Journal of Marriage and Family 2012). She is co-editor of the volume Family and Work in Everyday Ethnography (Temple University Press 2013). Professor Dreby has published more than 25 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters on a range of topics of interest to the media including child care fatalities, transnational families, gender and generational relations in families, work-family balance, and the impacts of immigration enforcement policies on children.