Thursday, April 17, 2014

"Children of Immigrants at School" - Upcoming Event in Immigration Seminar Series

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

An event to celebrate the publication of

"The Children of Immigrants at School: A Comparative Look at Integration in the United States and Western Europe"

edited by Richard Alba and Jennifer Holdaway (New York University Press, 2014)



Richard Alba, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center

Maurice Crul, Professor of Sociology, Erasmus University of Rotterdam, and Fellow, Advanced Research Collaborative

Marcelo Su
árez-Orozco, Dean, UCLA School of Education & Information Sciences

Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Courtney Sale Ross University Professor of Globalization and Education, New York University

Time: 6:00-8:00 PM

--- A reception will follow the event. ---

Place: The Graduate Center, The City University of New York
                365 Fifth Avenue (at 34th Street)
                Room 6112 (Sociology Lounge)

This event is co-sponsored by the Immigration Seminar Series, the Sociology Ph.D. Program, and Advanced Research Collaborative, CUNY Graduate Center.

Monday, March 31, 2014

A Look Back at the IWG's Immigration Conference

Clockwise from top left: delicious Korean spread for lunch; Professor Attewell asks a question; Jonas Wiedner looks on; Bernadette Ludwig presents her work on the Liberian community in Staten Island.
Clockwise from left: Some of the reception offerings; Jonas Wiedner presents his work on immigrants and the labor market; Conference co-coordinator Zach Shultz talks of recent happenings; Professor Alba discusses papers on changes in the education of immigrants.

Our March 28 conference, "New Directions in Immigration," featured panels on race & ethnicity, education, law & governance, work, and identity. Please see the program below for more information on our panelists and discussants.
Clockwise from left: Tommy Wu, Professor Alba, Professor Foner, and Professor Chin at the start of the work panel; Stephen Ruszczyk presents his work on the governance of NYC undocumented youth; Abigail Kolker presents her research on undocumented care workers in Israel; and Hyein Lee discusses ethnic minorities. 

Clockwise from upper left: Conference co-coordinators Abigail Kolker (l), Elisabeth Brodbeck (second from left), and Zach Shultz (r) enjoying the reception with Siqi Tu; Lara-Zuzan Golesorkhi presents her research on Islamic religious instruction in German schools; the audience of an afternoon panel; Abigail Kolker, Geoffrey Levin, and Marlene Ramos look on as Stephen Ruszczyk presents; Gowoon Jung discusses her work on transnational Korean students; and Geoffrey Levin presents emigration from the Soviet Union.  

From left: The audience from an early panel; Joanna Yip presents her findings on Fujianese students in New York; the reception.
Many thanks to our sponsors: the Graduate Center Sociology Students' Association, the Center for Latin America, Caribbean, and Latino Studies, the Doctoral Students' Council, the Center for Urban Research, and the Graduate Center Sociology Department!

Screening of I Learn America @ Tenement Museum with Prof. Kasinitz


Friday, March 14, 2014


The Immigration Working Group of the City University of New York Graduate Center presents:

New Directions in Immigration: Interdisciplinary Research Perspectives
A Graduate Student Conference

Date: Friday, March 28, 2014
Time: 11 am to 5 pm (Reception to Follow)
Location: City University of New York, Graduate Center
                  365 Fifth Avenue (Corner of Fifth Ave and 34th St)
                  New York, NY 10016
      Room: Concourse 198 (C-198)
Please register hereRegistration in FREE.

Conference Program

11:00 am – 11:15 am                       Registration (C-198)

11:15 am – 12:45 pm                      Session I

Panel 1 (C-198): Blurring or Redrawing Boundaries?:
Race and Ethnicity in the Context of Migration

Brenda Gambol, CUNY Graduate Center – “Blurred or Bright Boundaries? Filipino Americans in Interethnic and Interracial Marriages”

Bernadette Ludwig, CUNY Graduate Center – “Staten Island’s ‘Iron Ladies.’ Gendered Adaptation of Liberian Refugees”

Susie Tanenbaum, CUNY Graduate Center – “Queens Iftar: A Muslim Community Transforming the Public Sphere”

Nazreen Bacchus, Queens College, CUNY – “Managing Assimilation and Multi-Ethnic Gendered Identities: The Case of Second-Generation Indo-Guyanese New Yorkers”

Discussant: Presidential Professor of Sociology Philip Kasinitz, CUNY Graduate Center

Panel 2 (Room 6112): Integration through Education?:
 Transnational Experiences in Educational Settings 

            Gowoon Jung, SUNY Albany – “Blurred Citizenship: The Experience of Transnational Korean Students”

            Joanna Yip, CUNY Graduate Center – “The Fujianese Immigrant Bargain: An Alternative Narrative of the Model Minority”

            Lara-Zuzan Golesorkhi, The New School – “A Space for Integration: Islamic Religious Instruction in German Public Schools”

Discussant: Distinguished Professor of Sociology Richard Alba, CUNY Graduate Center

12:45-1:45                                        Lunch (Room 6112)

1:45-3:15                                           Session II

Panel 3 (C-198): Citizenship, Law and Governance:
How Policy Shapes and is Shaped by the Lives of Migrants
Abigail Kolker, CUNY Graduate Center – “Migrant Worker Vulnerability and Mobilization in Israel: The Role of Local and National Governance”

Stephen Ruszczyk, CUNY Graduate Center – “Dual Marginalization: Governance of Work, Family and Housing of Young Undocumented Mexicans in New York”

Geoffrey Levin, New York University – “The American Struggle for Soviet Jewish Immigration: The Post-Passage Debate over the Jackson-Vanick Amendment, 1976-1989”

Daniel Schneider, CUNY Graduate Center – “Immigration Reform, Enforcement, and a Local Response to Secure Communities”

Discussant: Associate Professor of Sociology Vilna Bashi Treitler, Baruch College and CUNY Graduate Center

Panel 4 (Room 6112): Work and the Labor Market:
                       Migrant Incorporation in the Workplace and Their Impact on the Host Economy

Hyein Lee, CUNY Graduate Center – “Ethnic Minorities: Playing the Institutional Game”

Elizabeth Miller, CUNY Graduate Center – “Home is Where the Work is?: Creating a Sense of Home and Family on the Job”

Jonas Wiedner, CUNY Graduate Center/Humboldt University in Berlin – “Immigrants’ integration in a changing economy:  Exploring the divergent trends in social status and unemployment of native-born and immigrant workers in Germany 1980-2010”

Rita Nassar, University of Illinois – “Immigrants as a material threat: a time-series analysis”

Discussant: Professor of Public Affairs, Sociology, and Urban Education Héctor Cordero-Guzmán, Baruch College and CUNY Graduate Center

3:15 pm – 3:30pm                            Break

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm                           Session III

Panel 5 (C-198): Transnationalism and Migration:
Forging Identities in a Globalized World

Rachel Bogan, CUNY Graduate Center – “Am I Chinese, American, Both, or Neither? The Complexity of Claiming a Transnationally and Transracially Adopted Child's Identity”

Douglas de Toledo Piza, The New School – “Chinese sellers: a story of globalization as told by an informal market in downtown São Paulo”

Leslie A. Martino-Velez, CUNY Graduate Center - “From ‘La Montaña’ to Manhattan: Mixtecos in the New York City Mexican Mix”
Daniela Pila, SUNY Albany – “‘I’m not good enough for anyone’: Legal Status and the Dating Lives Of Undocumented Young Adults”

Discussant: Distinguished Professor of Sociology Nancy Foner, Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center

5:00                                        Reception (Room 6112)

Please register hereRegistration in FREE. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Call for Papers: New Directions in Immigration: Interdisciplinary Research Perspectives, a Graduate Student Conference

The Immigration Working Group
The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Date: Friday, March 28, 2014

Deadline to Submit: Friday, February 28, 2014

A year after a group of US Senators introduced an immigration reform bill in Congress—the largest of its kind proposed in nearly two decades—the promise of reform remains unfulfilled. Nevertheless, migrants continue to leave their home countries for the US to make meaningful contributions in their new communities, while the US immigration system proceeds to separate families through the deportation process at increasing rates. The Immigration Working Group (IWG) invites papers from across disciplines that elucidate the multifaceted nature of immigration in its upcoming conference. This conference also aims to celebrate the research of recent graduates and IWG members.

Title: New Directions in Immigration: Interdisciplinary Research Perspectives
Date: Friday, March 28, 2014
Place: CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016

Panel 1: Migration and Integration: The Local Context and Beyond-- exploring the factors that motivate migration and integration across boundaries of all kinds
We invite papers exploring the following issues:
    * Motivation and forces behind the migration process
    * Inter-state migration in the United States
    * Citizenship, transnationalism and boundaries between nation-states

Panel 2: State Responses to Immigration -exploring how governments here and abroad respond to immigrants in way that promote or hinder their social, economic and political incorporation.
We invite papers exploring the following issues:
    * Multiculturalism
    * Immigration reform
    * History of different state policies towards immigration

Panel 3: Immigrant Ingenuity in Integration: exploring how immigrants and their children have adapted to their environments by utilizing educational, cultural, and/or economic institutions to improve their lives while contributing to their communities.
We invite papers exploring the following issues:
    * Influence of immigrants and their children’s presence in schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, and other social contexts
    * Assimilation and integration of immigrants and second generation immigrants  

We welcome the submission of papers dealing with other immigration-related topics as well and encourage graduate students or recent graduates from all fields and disciplines to participate.

Submissions: If you are interested in presenting a paper at the conference, please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words by February 28, 2014 to the IWG using the submission form found here. All applicants will be notified of a submission decision by March 7, 2014.

For more information, please contact the Immigration Working Group at

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Anti-Immigrant Politics, Belonging, and Research

An well-written piece from the NY Times:

Britain's Poles Are Paying Their Way
LONDON — “You are not from here,” I heard during a recent visit to my hometown, Wroclaw, in Poland, while I was out for a drink one evening with friends. “What do you mean? I was born here,” I said, surprised. 
“You speak Polish,” said my interlocutor, thoughtfully, “but there’s something strange about you, something different.” 
It left me wondering if I was in danger of becoming an immigrant in my own country. Or even whether I would discover — back home in London — that I wasn’t really Polish anymore.
For migrants everywhere, the question of belonging is often fraught, sometimes vexing. Like many Poles, I am dismayed by recent remarks about immigration from Britain’s prime minister, David Cameron. Britain’s membership in the European Union meant that restrictions on the free movement of workers from the newer member states Bulgaria and Romania were lifted on Jan. 1. In response, Mr. Cameron introduced a series of measures — with rhetoric to match — aimed at discouraging a fresh round of immigration.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Event: Book launch for Reform Without Justice (Oxford Press)@ NYU Dec 4, 6-8pm

Please attend as Lehman College's Alfonso Gonzales and distinguished panelists discuss Reform Without Justice: Latino Migrant Politics and the Homeland Security State this Wednesday Dec 4 from 6 to 8 pm at NYU at its official book launch. 

Moderated by Prof. Juan Flores

Panelists include: Prof. Cristina Beltran, Journalist and Author Juan Gonzalez, Prof. David Brotherton, and Communications Specialist Monica Novoa. 

Refreshments and wine will be served. 

This is what scholars and journalists are saying about RWJ!

"In his masterful work, Gonzales asks how the United States could have arrived at a plan for comprehensive immigration reform that fails to provide justice for migrants. He analyzes the larger structural forces at work and depicts the compelling voices of grassroots migrant activists. This is a must read."
–Renato I. Rosaldo, New York University
"Reform Without Justice is a timely and courageous text that should be required reading for scholars and activists alike. It is an important contribution and bravely offers the critical perspective necessary for the achievement of truly just and humane migration policy."
–Robyn Rodriguez, University of California, Davis
A riveting and groundbreaking account of the modern battle over U.S. immigration policy.
Alfonso Gonzales has not only managed to unravel the direct relationship between global
capitalism and massive Latino migration to this country, he has fashioned an illuminating
analysis of the internal class and racial conflicts that shaped the immigrant rights movement
over the past decade — between liberal establishment groups merely seeking immigration
reform and grassroots Latino leaders of a new human rights movement."
— Juan González, author of Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America

"Gonzales offers a powerful, passionate indictment of the homeland security state and the
bipartisan support responsible for its expansion, rebutting the 'common sense' logic that
criminalizes the undocumented and sanctions their suffering and exploitation. Arguing
that migrants are not only victims of state violence but also political actors and activists,
Reform Without Justice testifies to the democratic possibilities of Latino politics."
— Cristina Beltrán, author of The Trouble With Unity