Unless otherwise noted, all seminars 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 http://ccis.ucsd.edu/directions/ or call (858) 822-4447.


Research Seminars:  Winter Quarter 2018

The California Endowment /CHIS Immigration Workshop

March 3, 2018
10am - 6pm              

Malamud Room, Institute of the Americas Plaza, UC San Diego

Limited seating. To register, please email aminvielle@ucsd.edu

Sponsored by CCIS, CIRI and The California Endowment, this gathering will present the rich health and sociodemographic topics collected in CHIS and provide researchers with information on how to access and use CHIS data and aims to highlight how CHIS data may provide for new areas of inquiry and collaborations that continue to explore the impact of immigration status on health.



Ninth Annual UC International Migration Conference

“Immigrant California: Policies and Politics”

Friday, March 2nd, 2018  9am – 4:30pm

Malamud Room, Institute of the Americas Plaza, UC San Diego

“California’s Population Dynamics:  Growth, Diversity and Inequality,” Frank D. Bean and Susan K. Brown

“Historical Patterns in California’s Changing Immigrant Policy, 1850-2017,” Allan Colbern

“Immigration and California’s Innovation Economy,” Natalie Novick and John Skrentny

“Assessing English Language Learners in California,” Marisa Abrajano

“California’s Response to Federal Restrictive Policies Affecting Immigrant Health,” Ninez Ponce

“Driver’s Licenses and the Racialization of Progressive Immigration Policy in California,” Laura E. Enriquez

“Immigrant Political Incorporation,” Tom Wong

“The California-Mexico Connection,” Raul Hinojosa

“How Californians See Immigration,” Zoltan Hajnal

Please register: Here              Agenda                


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

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

Claire Higgins

Historian and Senior Research Associate at the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at the University of New South Wales

Event Flyer here

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

Monday, February 5th, 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 22nd, 2018   12pm-1:30pm

Tomas Jimenez

Associate Professor of Sociology at Stanford University 

Discussant: Jennifer Lee

Professor of Sociology, Columbia University

Event Flyere here 

Research Seminars:  Fall Quarter 2017

Challenges for Dreamers in Trump’s America

Monday, December 4th    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


Refugee & Asylum Policies in an Age of Resurgent Nationalism

Friday, December 1st    9am-4:30pm
Please note: this event will take place at The Village 15th Floor

Hiroshi Motomura

Susan Westerberg Prager Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

Chiara Galli

PhD student, Department of Sociology, UCLA

Molly Fee

PhD student, Department of Sociology, UCLA

Rawan Arar

PhD student, Department of Sociology, UC San Diego

Deborah Anker

Clinical Professor of Law and Founder and Director of the Harvard Law School Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC)

Sara Wallace Goodman

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, UC Irvine

David FitzGerald

Co-Director, Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, UC San Diego

Alex Aleinikoff

University Professor and Director of the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, The New School

Adi Hercowitz-Amir

Israel Institute Post-Doctoral Fellow, CCIS, UC San Diego

Yvette Lopez-Cooper

Attorney-at-Law, San Diego

Nicole Ramos

Director, Border Rights Project, Al Otro Lado


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

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017   11am
CCIS Conference Room, Eleanor Roosevelt Administration Building #115

Jeffrey Reitz

Robert F. Harney Professor of Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies, University of Toronto

Discussant: Claire Adida

Associate Professor of Political Science, UC San Diego

Immigrant Integration and Gateways for Growth: Comparative Perspectives

Monday, November 13th, 2017   1-5:30pm

Kindly RSVP at https://immigrantintegrationccis.eventbrite.com

Please note: this event will take place at the Malamud Conference Room at the Institute of the Americas.

John Skrentny

Co-Director, Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, UC San Diego

Samuel Tsoi

RISE San Diego; Assistant Director, 21st Century China Center

Karim Bouris

Director, Multi-Sector Alliance, Partners for Progress

Yen Le Espiritu

Distinguished Professor, Ethnic Studies, UC-San Diego

Melissa Floca

Associate Director, Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, UC-San Diego

Eduardo Velasquez

Research Manager, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation

Chris Benner

Dorothy E. Everett Chair in Global Information and Social Entrepreneurship, UC-Santa Cruz

Manuel Pastor

Director, Center for Study of Immigrant Integration, USC

John Mollenkopf

Distinguished Professor, CUNY Graduate Center

Jeffrey Reitz

Robert F. Harney Professor of Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies, University of Toronto

Robert McNeil

Researcher and Head of Media and Communications, Migration Observatory, University of Oxford.

How Immigration Policy Affects Health and Human Rights

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

Kindly RSVP at: https://immigrationhealthhumanrights.eventbrite.com 

Program Info: http://tinyurl.com/y6wun2jv

Please note: this event will take place at the Multipurpose Room on the 1st floor of Student Services Center.

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, MD

Associate Dean of Minority Advising & Programs, Professor of Pediatrics, Stanford University

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

Monday, November 6th, 2017   2pm
CCIS Conference Room, Eleanor Roosevelt Administration Building #115

Thomas LaCroix

Universite de Poitiers, France

Swanie Potot

Universite Nice Sophia Antipolis, France

Armand Gutierrez

PhD Student, Department of Sociology, UC San Diego

Moderator: Abigail Andrews

Assistant Professor,  Department of Sociology, UC San Diego

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

Monday, October 9th, 2017   2pm

Minjeong Kim

Associate Professor of Sociology, San Diego State University 

Research Seminars: Spring Quarter 2017

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

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017  12pm-1:30pm

Joanna Drebby

Associate Professor at University at Albany, SUNY

Temporary Legal Statuses and Transformations of the Immigrant Self

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

Cecilia Menjivar

Professor, University of Kansas

Human Rights and Migration Conference

Friday, May 19th, 2017 10:15am-5:15pm.

Registration required. This event is taking place at The Village meeting room, 15A. 
(Directions in the registration link below).

Justin Gest is Assistant Professor at George Mason University and the Co-Chair of the International Migrants Bill of Rights Initiative, Washington, DC.

Moderator: Andy Lamey - Teaching Professor of Philosophy, UCSD

Gershon Shafir - Professor of Sociology, UCSD

María Dolores Paris Pombo - Professor of Political Science, COLEF, Tijuana

Moderator: David Pedersen - Associate Professor of Anthropology, UCSD

Elizabeth Camarena - Associate Director, Casa Cornelia Law Center

Gretchen Kuhner - Director, Instituto Para las Mujeres en la Migración, Mexico City

David Loy - Legal Director, ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties

Moderator: Tom Wong - Assistant Professor of Political Science, UCSD

Rev. Pat Murphy - Director, Casa del Migrante, Tijuana

Yesenia Sánchez - Graduate Student in Latin American Studies, UCSD

Research Seminars: Winter Quarter 2017

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

Monday, March 13th, 2017 - 12pm

S. Deborah Kang - Author 

Assistant professor in the History Department at California State University, San Marcos.

Alina Méndez - Commentator

Ph.D. candidate in the History Department at UC San Diego.

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

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 - 12pm

Professor Paul Statham 

Professor of Migration and Director of the Sussex Centre for Migration Resarch (SCMR), School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex, UK and Visiting Professor at CUNY Graduate Center. 

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

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 - 12pm

Dr. Ana María López-Sala

Research Fellow at the Institute of Economics, Geography and Demography of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) in Madrid. 

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

Monday, January 23rd, 2017 - 12pm

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

Research Seminars:  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
UCSD Professor, Department of Political Science and co-author of White Backlash: Immigration, Race and American Politics (Princeton, 2015)

John Skrentny
UCSD Professor, Department of Sociology and author of "Obama's Immigration Reform: A Tough Sell for a Grand Bargain." (Russell Sage Foundation, 2011)

Tom Wong
UCSD Professor, Department of Political Science and author of The Politics of Immigration: Partisanship, Demographic Change and American National Identity (Oxford, 2016)

Special guest panelist:

Kim Williams 
Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and co-author of recent article "Immigrant Rights in the Deep South City: The Effects of Anti-Immigration Legislation on Black Elite Opinion in Birmingham Alabama" (DuBois Review, 2016)

The Deportation of Innocence - Film Screening

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 4:00pm

Francisco Alarcòn - Director

Research Seminars:  Spring Quarter 2016

200 years of a South American Citizenship:

Continuity and Change on Migration and Mobility in the Region

Wednesday, May 25th, 12:00pm

Diego Acosta
Senior Lecturer in the department of law at the University of Bristol.

Community-Based Research and Early Hispanic Immigration to Colorado

Wednesday, April 6th, 12:00pm

Marjorie K. McIntosh
Distinguished Professor of History Emerita at the University of Colorado at Boulder

Luis Alvarez
Associate Professor in the Department of History, UC San Diego

Immigrant Integration: California and Beyond

April 22, 2016
held at University of California, Irvine

A Conference sponsored by the UC-Immigration Research Initiative, a UC Multi-Campus Project on Immigration Intergration in California (UCSD, UC-Berkeley, UCI, UCLA, and UCR)

Research Seminars:  Winter Quarter 2016

Unless otherwise noted, all seminars 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 purchase a parking permit in the Pangea parking structure.
See directions at http://ccis.ucsd.edu/directions/ or call (858) 822-4447.

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

Monday, January 11, 12:00pm

Frank Bean
Professor and Director, Center for Research on Immigration, Population and Public Policy, UC Irvine

Susan K. Brown
Associate Professor of Sociology, UC Irvine

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

Wednesday, January 27, 12:00pm

Janice Fine
Associate Professor, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University

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

Friday, February 5, 12pm

Authors:      Claire Adida, Assistant Professor of Political Science, UC San Diego
                     David Laitin, Professor of Political Science, Stanford University
Discussant: Peter Gourevitch, Founding Dean and Professor Emeritus, School of Global Policy and Strategy, UCSD

Conference: Privatization in the International Arena

Friday, February 19, 10:00am

Speakers: Gallya Lahav, Associate Professor of Political Science, SUNY at Stony Brook
                 Michael Flynn, Executive Director of the Global Detention Project, Geneva

For more information: https://www.cwsl.edu/contact

The New Immigration Federalism

Monday, February 29, 12:00pm

Karthick Ramakrishnan
Professor and Associate Dean at the School of Public Policy, UC Riverside