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. 

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