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CCIS Seminars


Unless otherwise noted, all seminars will meet in Conference Room 115 on the first floor of the Eleanor Roosevelt College Provost’s Building, UCSD campus. Parking permits can be purchased at the information booth on North Point Drive, or in the Pangea parking structure. See directions at or call (858) 822-4447.


Fall Quarter 2019


Suffer the Little Children: Unaccompanied Child Migrants and the Geopolitics of Compassion in Postwar America

Date & Time:  TBD - This talk is being rescheduled to Fall 2019

Anita Casavantes Bradford, PhD
Associate Professor, UC Irvine
Co-Director, UC-Cuba Multi Campus Academic Initiative

Event Flyer:  Details to Follow


Spring Quarter 2019


Topic:  Struggles to be able to stay in place: Salvadoran migration and
             collective action in times of violence

Date & Time:  Monday, May 13, 2019   12:00pm-1:30pm

Joseph Wiltberger, PhD
Visiting Scholar, Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, UC San Diego
Assistant Professor of Central American Studies, California State University, Northridge

Event Flyer:  Struggles to be able to stay in place: Salvadoran migration and collective action in times of


"What makes Americans act on behalf of refugees?"

Date & Time:  Wednesday, May 1, 2019   12:00pm-1:30pm

Claire Adida, PhD
Co-Driector, Center for Comparative Immigration Studies
Associate Professor of Political Science, UC San Diego

Event Flyer:  "What makes Americans act on behalf of refugees?"


Mandatory Immigration Detention in Australia





Winter Quarter 2019


Citizenship health inequalities across the US:  State-level immigrant policies and health care access

Date & Time:  Wednesday, March 13, 2019   12pm-1:30pm

Maria-Elena De Trinidad Young, PhD, MPH
Project Director, Research on Immigrant Health and State Policy (RIGHTS) Study at the Center for Health Policy Research, University of California, Los Angeles
Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Merced

Event Flyer:  Citizenship health inequalities across the US


Migration and Borders in the Twenty-First Century

Date & Time:  Thursday, February 14, 2019   2pm-4pm (Closed Event)

David FitzGerald
Co-Director, Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, UC San Diego
Professor of Sociology, UC San Diego

Kate Ricke
Assistant Professor, School of Global Policy and Strategy / Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego

David Mares
Director, Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies, UC San Diego
Distinguised Professor of Political Science, UC San Diego

S. Deborah Kang
Associate Professor of History, California State University, San Marcos
Visiting Scholar, Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, UC San Diego

Rafael Fernández de Castro
Director, Center for U.S. - Mexican Studies
Professor, School of Global Policy and Strategy, UC San Diego

Event Flyer:  Migration and Borders in the Twenty-First Century


Im/migration, health inequities, and marginalized communities: Insights from an applied field course at the Mexico-U.S. border

Date & Time:  Wednesday, February 6, 2019   12pm-1:30pm

Shira Goldenberg, PhD
Assistant Professor of Health Sciences at Simon Fraiser University
Research Scientist, Centre for Gender & Sexual Health Equity (CGSHE)
Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, UC San Diego

Argentina E. Servin, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, UC San Diego

Event Flyer:  Im/migration, health inequities, and marginalized communities


Book Launch:  Undocumented Politics: Place, Gender, and the Pathways of Mexican Migrants    By: Abigail Leslie Andrews

Date & Time:  Wednesday, January 16, 2019   12pm-1:30pm

Event Flyer:  Undocumented Politics


Fall Quarter 2018


Nov 29 Teach-In:  Migrant Caravan

Date & Time:  Thursday, November 29, 2018   4pm-6pm
Location:  Great Hall

Event Flyer:  Migrant Caravan


Beyond the Wall:  The Aftermath of Deportation in Mexico

Date & Time:  Wednesday, November 14, 2018   6:15pm-8pm
Location:  Huerta-Cruz Room, Old Student Center

Event Flyer:  Beyond the Wall


Crisis?  What Crisis?  The historical roots of Europe's "Refugee Crisis"

Wednesday, November 7, 2018   12pm-1:30pm

Leo Lucassen, PhD
Professor of Global Labor and Migration History at Leiden University and Director of the International Institute of Social History (IISH).

Event Flyer:  Crisis? What Crisis? The historical roots of Europe's "Refugee Crisis"


Migrants in the big European waiting room: what EU “hotspots” tell us about border policy

Monday, October 29, 2018   12pm-1:30pm

Virginie Guiraudon, PhD
CNRS Research Director, Sciences Po Center for European Studies and Comparative Politics in Paris

Event Flyer:  Migrants in the big European waiting room: what EU “hotspots” tell us about border policy

2017- 2018

Spring Quarter 2018


Social Science and Legal Practice: Translating Migration & Refugee Research

Monday, May 14, 2018   12pm-1:30pm


Asher Hirsch, Senior Policy Officer, Refugee Council of Australia

Mitra Ebadolahi, Border Litigation Project Staff Attorney, ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties

David Shirk, Director, Master's Program in International Relations and Associate Professor, Political Science and International Relations

Event Flyer:  Social Science and Legal Practice: Translating Migration & Refugee Research


Paradoxes of Participation:  Oppositional Consciousness and the Challenges of the Collective

Wednesday, May 2, 2018   12pm-1:30pm

Greg Prieto, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of San Diego

Event Flyer HERE


Winter Quarter 2018


How Italy's Humanitarian Corridors Have Created Pathways to Protection in Europe

Wednesday, February 14, 2018   12pm-1:30pm

Claire Higgins, Historian and Senior Research Associate, University of New South Wales

Event Flyer HERE


Intergenerational Relationships among Latino Immigrant Families in Spain: Conflict and Emotional Intimacy

Monday, February 5, 2018   12pm-1:30pm

Amparo González Ferrer, Senior Research Fellow at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and member of the Research Group on Demographic Dynamics

Event Flyer HERE


The Other Side of Assimilation: How Immigrants are Changing American Life

Monday, January 22, 2018   12pm-1:30pm

Tomas Jimenez, Associate Professor of Sociology at Stanford University

Discussant: Jennifer Lee, Professor, Columbia University

Event Flyer HERE


Fall Quarter 2017


Challenges for Dreamers in Trump’s America

Monday, December 4, 2017    9:30am-12:30pm

Rafael Fernández de Castro, Director, Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies

Tom K. Wong, Assistant Professor of Political Science, UC San Diego

Verónica Benitez, Student, UC San Diego

Paris Salgado, UC Irvine School of Law

Yesenia Sanchez, Graduate Student, UC San Diego

Luis Cruz Cardoso, UC San Diego

Dulce Garcia, San Diego Border Dreamers

Julia Preston, Contributing Writer, The Marshall Project; Former National Immigration Correspondent, The New York Times

Guillermo Yrizar Barbosa, USMEX Fellow


Behind Immigration Debates: Discourse, Policy and Reality of Muslim Integration in Western Societies

Tuesday, November 14, 2017   11am

Jeffrey Reitz, Professor, University of Toronto

Discussant: Claire Adida, Associate Professor of Political Science, UC San Diego

Event Flyer HERE


How Immigration Policy Affects Health and Human Rights

Wednesday, November 8, 2017   6-7:30pm

David FitzGerald, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology, Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, UC San Diego

Nicole Ramos, Esq.

Director, Border Rights Project, Al Otro Lado

James Dell, Esq.

President, Professional Alliance of Children

Fernando Mendoza, MDAssociate Dean of Minority Advising & Programs, Professor of Pediatrics, Stanford University

Event Flyer HERE


Roundtable: Differentiated Transnationalisms: Class, Gender, and Agency in Migrants' Homeland Engagement

Monday, November 6, 2017   2pm

Thomas LaCroix, Universite de Poitiers, France

Swanie Potot

Universite Nice Sophia Antipolis, France

Armand Gutierrez, PhD Student, UC San Diego

Moderator: Abigail Andrews, Assistant Professor,  UC San Diego

Event Flyere HERE


The Emergence of Korean American Communities on the U.S.-Mexico Border

Monday, October 9, 2017   2pm

Minjeong Kim, Associate Professor of Sociology, San Diego State University

Event Flyer HERE

2016 - 2017

Spring Quarter 2017


Growning up in the Age of Enforcement: Illegality and Children's Power in Families

Wednesday, June 7, 2017  12pm-1:30pm

Joanna Dreby, Associate Professor, University at Albany, SUNY

Event Flyer HERE


Temporary Legal Statuses and Transformations of the Immigrant Self

Thursday, May 25, 2017 2pm-3:30pm

Cecilia MenjivarProfessor, University of Kansas

Event Flyer HERE


Winter Quarter 2017


The INS on the Line: Making Immigration Law on the US-Mexico Border, 1917-1954

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 12pm

S. Deborah Kang - Author, Assistant Professor, California State University, San Marcos.

Alina Méndez - Commentator, Ph.D. Candidate, UC San Diego.

Event Flyer HERE


How Ordinary People View Muslim Group Rights in Europe: Signigicant 'Gaps' Between Majorities and Muslims?

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 12pm

Professor Paul Statham, Professor, University of Sussex

Event Flyer HERE


Migration and Crisis: Official Discourses, External Citizenship and new Forms of Mobilization in the Case of Spain

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 12pm

Dr. Ana María López-Sala, Research Fellow, The Institute of Economics, Geography and Demography of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) in Madrid

Event Flyer HERE


The War on Crime and the War on Immigrants: Race and Legal Exclusion in 21st Century United States

Monday, January 23, 2017 - 12pm

Mary C. Waters, M.E. Zukerman Professor and Chair of Sociology, Harvard University

Event Flyer HERE


Fall Quarter 2016


Post-Election Panel Discussion

Election 2016 and Immigration Politics: Where Do We Go From Here?

Monday, November 21, 2016 - 12pm

Zoltan Hajnal, Professor, UC San Diego

John Skrentny, Professor, UC San Diego

Tom K. Wong, Professor, UC San Diego

Special guest panelist:

Kim Williams, Associate Professor, Portland State University

Event Flyer HERE


The Deportation of Innocence - Film Screening

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 4:00pm

Francisco Alarcòn, Director

Event Flyer HERE

2015 - 2016

Spring Quarter 2016


200 years of a South American Citizenship: Continuity and Change on Migration and Mobility in the Region

Wednesday, May 25, 2016  12pm-1:30pm

Diego Acosta, Senior Lecturer, University of Bristol

Event Flyer HERE


Community-Based Research and Early Hispanic Immigration to Colorado

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 12pm-1:30pm

Marjorie K. McIntoshProfessor, University of Colorado

Event Flyer HERE


Winter Quarter 2016


The New Immigration Federalism

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 12pm-1:30pm

Karthick Ramakrishnan, Associate Dean & Professor, UC Riverside

Event Flyer HERE


From Aliens, Traitors and Defectors to Victims, Talents and Citizens:  Redefining Pre-2003 Emigrants in Post-2003 Iraq

Wednesday, February 10, 20167 - 12pm-1:30pm

Geraldine Chatelard, Research Associate, Institut Francais du Proche-Orient

Event Flyer HERE


Book Panel:  Why Muslim Integration Fails in Christian-Heritage Societies

Authors: Claire Adida and David Laitin

Friday, February 5, 2016 - 12pm-1:30pm

Claire Adida, Assistant Professor, UC San Diego

David Laitan, Professor, Stanford University

Event Flyer HERE


Labor Standards Enforcement:  How State and Society are Working Together to Fight Wage Theft and Workplace Injury

Monday, January 27, 2016 - 12pm-1:30pm

Janice Fine, Associate Professor, Rutgers University

Event Flyer HERE


Parents Without Papers:  The Progress and Pitfalls of Mexican American Integration

Monday, January 11, 2016 - 12pm-1:30pm

Frank D. Bean, Professor, UC Irvine

Susan K. Brown, Associate Professor, UC Irvine

Event Flyer HERE


Fall Quarter 2015


Book Panel with Professors Marisa Abrajano, Zoltan Hajnal, and Tom Wong

Monday, November 21, 2015 - 12pm-2pm

Zoltan Hajnal, Professor, UC San Diego

Marisa Abrajano, Associate Professor, UC San Diego

Tom Wong, Assistant Professor, UC San Diego

Discussant:  Louis DeSipio, Professor, UC Irvine

Event Flyer HERE


The European Refugee Crisis

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 4:00pm

Kathi Anderson, Survivors of Torture, International

Fatima El-Tayeb, Professor, UC San Diego

David Murphy, International Rescue Committee, San Diego

Michael Provence, Professor, UC San Diego

Tom K. Wong, Assistant Professor, UC San Diego

Event Flyer HERE


From Trans-Migrants to Trans-Borders:  Insights From the Comparison of Cross-Border Activities Across Three Categories of Migrants in France

Monday, October 26, 2015 - 12pm - 1:30pm

Mirna Safi, Research Professor, Sciences Po

Event Flyer HERE


Urban Community Gardens as Home in the Immigrant Inner-City

Monday, October 19, 2015 - 12pm - 1:30pm

Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, Professor, USC

Event Flyer HERE