Below are the Visiting Scholars & Visiting Graduate Students from previous years.

2017- 2018

2017-2018 Visiting Scholars & Visiting Graduate Students

 

VISITING SCHOLARS

 

Adi Hercowitz-Amir, Israel

Israel Institute Post-Doctoral Fellow

Research Focus: Dr. Hercowitz-Amir's research interests include international migration, majority group attitudes towards immigrants and asylum public policy.

 

Shira Goldenberg, Canada

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University, Research Scientist, BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.

Research Focus: Dr. Goldenberg’s research aims to improve sexual health and access to healthcare for marginalized migrant populations, particularly migrant women involved in sex work, refugee and internally displaced women, and women living with HIV in Canada, Latin America, and other global settings.

 

S. Deborah Kang, United States

Associate Professor, California State University of San Marcos

Research Focus: The Legal Construction of the Borderlands: The INS, Immigration Law, and Immigrant Rights on the U.S.-Mexico Border (Oxford University Press, under contract) offers one of the first comprehensive accounts of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and its operations on the U.S.-Mexico border in the twentieth century.

 

Kathy Kopinak, Canada

Professor Emerita, King’s University College, Western University

Research Focus: “Industrial Relocation and Migration: the Role of the Export Industries in Countries of Origin: Morocco and Mexico” Dr. Kopinak is currently engaged with a team of other Canadian, U.S., and Spanish researchers in a comparison of the impact of working in maquiladora export industries on migration from Mexico to the U.S. and from Morocco to Spain.

 

Everard Meade, United States

Director, Trans Border Institute, University of San Diego

Research Focus:  “The Banality of Deterrence: Race, Politics, and the Fate of Mexican Asylum Seekers in the United States.”

 

Swanie Potot, France

Sociologist researcher at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), working at the Migration and Society Research Unit (URMIS), University of Nice Sophia Antipolis.

Research Focus: Her research investigates migrations processes to and within Europe, transnationalism, ethnic job markets, migration impact on societies of origin, interethnic relations, discrimination, and racism.

 

Raphi Rechitsky, United States

Assistant Professor, National University, San Diego

Research Focus: Trapped in Transit: "Forced Migration and the Making of Refuge at Europe’s Eastern Boundary in Ukraine.” Dr. Rechitsky is completing a book project on forced migration to, through, and within Ukraine.

 

Katrin Sontag, Switzerland

Cultural anthropologist and postdoc at the National Center of Competence in Research NCCR – on the move in Switzerland, based at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology, University of Basel

Research Focus: Comparative Case Study on the Situation of Refugees at Universities in France, Germany, and Switzerland.

 

Akihiro Koido, Japan

Professor, Hitotsubashi University

Research Focus:  “Immigration Enforcement and Social Movement After September 11th

 

VISITING GRADUATE STUDENTS

 

Margaret Fee, United States

PhD Candidate, University of California, Los Angeles

Research FocusUsing qualitative methods, her research examines the multiple stakeholders in the U.S. refugee resettlement process, including refugees, resettlement agencies, and communities of resettlement.

 

Erin Hoekstra, United States

PhD Candidate, University of Minnesota

Research FocusBodies of Resistance: Immigrant Health Care and the Movement for Migrant Health Justice after the Affordable Care Act.

 

Clarissa do Nascimento Tabosa, Brazil/Slovakia

PhD Candidate, the Institute of European Studies and International Relations at Comenius University in Bratislava

Research Focus:  Formation and diffusion of immigration policies in countries immersed in institutionally dense environments.

2016 - 2017

2016-2017 Visiting Scholars and Visiting Graduate Students

 

VISITING SCHOLARS

 

Katrina Burgess, United States

Associate Professor, Tufts University

Research Focus: Her current project addresses the conditions under which emigrants engage in politics back home and the implications for democratic governance in the Global South.

 

Geraldine Chatelard, France

Research Associate, Institut Francais du Proche-Orient

Research Focus: Chatelard’s newest work is in Algeria as part of a large European Commission- funded project focusing on heritage. As one of the two key experts in the project, she will be designing and delivering a series of training workshops on the inventory methodologies for intangible cultural heritage (ICH).

 

Maria Cook, United States

Professor, Cornell University

Research Focus: Cook’s latest research looks at global migration movements and the role of migrant rights advocacy groups in shaping public debates over unauthorized migration. Her research draws on cases located in three world regions: the U.S.-Mexico border, southern Spain, and Australia, where the focus is on asylum seeker rights groups.

 

Armen Hakhverdian, The Netherlands

Associate Professor, University of Amsterdam

Research Focus: His most recent research project “We the People: How Public Opinion towards Multiculturalism Shapes Political Outcomes” offers an examination of policy responsiveness to citizen preferences on immigration issues.

 

S. Deborah Kang, United States

Associate Professor, California State University, San Marcos

Research Focus: The relationship between law and society along the nation’s northern and southern borders. Her research is supported by research grants from the Huntington Library and the Clements Center for Southwest Studies.

 

Kathy Kopinak, Canada

Professor Emerita, King’s University College, Western University

Research Focus: Industrial Relocation and Migration: the Role of the Export Industries in Countries of Origin: Morocco and Mexico”. Kathy is currently engaged with a team of other Canadian, U.S., and Spanish researchers in a comparison of the impact of working in maquiladora export industries on migration from Mexico to the U.S. and from Morocco to Spain.

 

Everard Meade, United States

Director, Trans Border Insittute, University of San Diego

Research Focus: “The Banality of Deterrence: Race, Politics, and the Fate of Mexican Asylum Seekers in the United States”

 

Raphi Rechitsky, United States

Assistant Professor, National University, San Diego

Research Focus: Migration processes and contentious politics in Europe and the former Soviet region in global and comparative perspectives.

 

Donggen Rui, China

Associate Professor, Pukyong National University

Research Focus: “The Historical Pattern of Migration: Korean Chinese and Mexican Migration to the US”

 

Mahama Tawat, Cameroon

Assistant Professor, Higher School of Economics in Moscow

Research Focus: Comparative migration policy notably Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.

 

VISITING GRADUATE STUDENTS

 

Pavel Consuegra, Mexico

PhD Candidate, University of Baja California (UABC)

Research Focus: “Integration of Refugees in East County San Diego during 2007-2012: Opportunities and Obstacles”.

 

Caterina Guisa, France

PhD Candidate, University of Paris 13

Research Focus: “The link between revolution and migration in the context of the Arab Uprisings”.

 

Erin Hoekstra, United States

PhD Candidate, University of Minnesota

Research Focus: “Bodies of Resistance: Immigrant Health Care and the Movement for Migrant Health Justice after the Affordable Care Act”.

 

Murat Ertugrul Pala, Turkey

Graduate Student Researcher, Hacettepe University

Research Focus: His research examines differing public attitudes of Turkish people towards Syrian refugees.

 

Stefanie Visel, Germany

PhD Candidate, Hildesheim University

Research Focus: Her research interests involve transnational care migration, migration and labor markets, transnational ageing and local migration policies. Her PhD project examines occupational credentialing procedures for foreign trained nurses and health care workers in Germany.

2015 - 2016

2015-2016 Visiting Scholars and Visiting Graduate Students

 

VISITING SCHOLARS

 

Maria Cook, United States

Professor, Cornell University

Research Focus: Global migration movements and the role of migrant rights advocacy groups in shaping public debates over unauthorized migration.  Maria’s research draws on cases located in three world regions: the U.S.-Mexico border, southern Spain, and Australia, where the focus is on asylum seeker rights groups.

 

Geraldine Chatelard, France

Associate Researcher at the Institut Français du Proche-Orient (IFPO) in Amman, Jordan.

Research Focus: Chatelard's newest work is in Algeria as part of a large European Commission-funded project focusing on heritage.  As one of the two key experts in the project, she will be designing and delivering a series of training workshops on the inventory methodologies for intangible cultural heritage (ICH).

 

S Deborah Kang, United States

Associate Professor, California State University of San Marcos

Research focus: The Legal Construction of the Borderlands: The INS, Immigration Law, and Immigrant Rights on the U.S.-Mexico Border (Oxford University Press, under contract) offers one of the first comprehensive accounts of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and its operations on the U.S.-Mexico border in the twentieth century.

 

Kathy Kopinak, Canada

Professor Emerita, King’s University College, Western University

Research Focus: Industrial Relocation and Migration: the Role of the Export Industries in Countries of Origin: Morocco and Mexico” Kathy is currently engaged with a team of other Canadian, U.S., and Spanish researchers in a comparison of the impact of working in maquiladora export industries on migration from Mexico to the U.S. and from Morocco to Spain.

 

Raphi Rechitsky, United States

Assistant Professor, National University, San Diego

Research Focus: Trapped in Transit: "Forced Migration and the Making of Refuge at Europe’s Eastern Boundary in Ukraine” Professor Rechitsky is completing a book project on forced migration to, through, and within Ukraine.

 

Donggen Rui, China

Associate Professor, Pukyong National University

Research Focus: The Historical Pattern of Migration: Korean Chinese and Mexican Migration to the US.

 

Mahama Tawat, Cameroon

Assistant Professor and Research Fellow, Centre for Advanced Studies of the Higher School of Economics, Moscow & Research Affiliate, Malmö University, Sweden.                                                           

Research Focus:  Comparative migration policy, notably Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.  Investigating the determinants of this policy divergence and the factors that permeated policy formulation and decision-making under crisis and uncertainty while examining the implications of these decisions in two Eastern EU countries, Hungary and Poland. 

 

VISITING GRADUATE STUDENTS

 

Yuching Chen, Taiwan

PhD Candidate, University at Albany, SUNY

Research Focus:  The Intersection of cultural sociology, immigration and race/ethnicity, and nationalism. Her dissertation focuses on the effects of immigration on social inequality.

 

Allan Colbern, United States

PhD Candidate, University of California, Riverside

Research Focus: “From American Slavery to Immigration: Developments in Regulating Borders, Movement, and Access to Resources”.

 

Pavel Consuegra, Mexico

PhD Candidate, Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC), Tijuana, Mexico

Research Focus:  Integration of Refugees in San Diego East County during 2007-2012: Opportunities and Obstacles. Forced displacement; refugees’ social and economic integration; resettlement and placement; Cuba-US relations.  

 

Murat E. Pala, Turkey

PhD Candidate, Hacettepe University, Ankara, TURKEY

Research Focus:  Examine differing public attitudes of Turkish people towards Syrian refugees.  By identifying the main dynamics in public attitudes toward the rapidly growing refugee population, Pala hopes his research will make a contribution to the efforts seeking stable solutions that can enable a healthy integration to the host-population and social structure.

 

2014 - 2015

2014-2015 Visiting Scholars and Visiting Graduate Students

 

 VISITING SCHOLARS

 

Huub Dijstelbloem, Netherlands

Professor, University of Amsterdam

Research Focus: Border surveillance and counter-surveillance.

 

Kathy Kopinak, Canada

Professor Emerita, King’s University College, Western University

Research Focus: Industrial Relocation and Migration: the Role of the Export Industries in Countries of Origin: Morocco and Mexico” Kathy is currently engaged with a team of other Canadian, U.S., and Spanish researchers in a comparison of the impact of working in maquiladora export industries on migration from Mexico to the U.S. and from Morocco to Spain.

 

Donggen Rui, China

Associate Professor, Pukyong National University

Research Focus: “The Historical Pattern of Migration: Korean Chinese and Mexican Migration to the US”

 

Tobias Schwarz, Germany

Research Fellow, University of Cologne

Research Focus: Politics of identity and belonging in Latin America and Europe; migration control, citizenship, nationality and naturalizations in the Global South; racism; qualitative research methods.

 

Abdeslam Marfouk, Belgium

Lecturer, University of Liege, Belgium

Research Focus:  Female Migration, Attitudes toward Immigration & the Impact of Migration on Origin Countries

 

VISITING GRADUATE STUDENTS

 

Yuching Cheng, Taiwan

PhD Candidate, University at Albany, SUNY

Research Focus: The Intersection of cultural sociology, immigration and race/ethnicity, and nationalism. Her dissertation focuses on the effects of immigration on social inequality.

 

Allan Colbern, United States

PhD Candidate, University of California, Riverside

Research Focus: “From American Slavery to Immigration: Developments in Regulating Borders, Movement, and Access to Resources”.

2013 - 2014

2013-2014 Visiting Scholars and Visiting Graduate Students

 

VISITING SCHOLARS

 

Kathryn (Kathy) Kopinak, Canada

Professor, King’s University College, Western University

Research Focus:  “Industrial Relocation and Migration: the Role of the Export Industries in Countries of Origin: Morocco and Mexico”

 

Rocio Rosales, United States

Post –Doctoral Fellow, University of California, Los Angeles

Research Focus:  “Local Context of Reception and Immigrant Adaptation Among Los Angeles Fruit Vendors”

 

Barbara Buckinx, United States

Associate Research Scholar, Princeton University

Research Focus:  "Reducing Domination in Global Politics"

 

Mary Lopez, United States

Associate Professor, Occidental College

Research Focus:  “Mexican Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Industry Choice, Language Proficiency, and Entrepreneurial Success” and “Skill Mismatch Among Highly Skilled Immigrant Women in the U.S.”

 

Abdeslam Marfouk, Belgium

Lecturer, University of Liege, Belgium

Research Focus:  Female Migration, Attitudes toward Immigration & the Impact of Migration on Origin Countries

 

Raquel Martinez Chicon, Spain 

Professor, University of Granada, Spain

Research Focus:  Intercultural Competencies and Diversity Management in the

Public Administrations of Andalucia (Spain) and California (United States): A Comparative Analysis of Training Procedures, Trends and their Impact”

 

Veronica Hoyo, Mexico

Research Focus:  Outsider political parties in comparative perspective: issue dimensions, electoral strategies and systemic impact.

 

Sae Jae Lee, Korea

Associate Professor, Kumoh National Institute of Technology

Research Focus:  Characteristics of Asian Immigrant Technologists

 

Cetta Mainwaring, United Kingdom

Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo, Canada

Research Focus:  “Controlling Mobility: The Rise of Visa Regimes in the UK and the US”

 

Cheun Hoe Yow, Korea

Assistant Professor and Fulbright Scholar, Nanyang Technological University

Research Focus:  “Localization, Transnationalism, Multiculturalism: A Comparative Study of New Chinese Migrants in Singapore and the United States”

 

Enrico Marcelli, United States

Associate Professor, San Diego State University

Research Focus:  Estimating the number, effects and integration of legal and undocumented immigrants in the USA; and on questions regarding the social and geographic sources of health

 

Joaquín Arango, Spain

Complutense University of Madrid and Director, Center for the Study of Migration and Citizenship, Ortega y Gasset Research Institute  

Research Focus:  “The U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Regime in Comparative Perspective”

 

Eunice Akemi Ishikawa, Japan

Associate Professor, Shizuoka University of Art and Culture

Research Focus:  “Education and Ethnic Identity of Second-Generation Japanese-Brazilians in Japan”

 

VISITING GRADUATE STUDENTS

 

Milosz Miszczynski, Poland

PhD candidate, Jagiellonian University

Research Focus:  “Mobility of Foreign Direct Investment in the NAFTA Zone and Central and Eastern Europe.  A Comparative Study of Local Receptions.”

 

2012 - 2013

2012-2013 Visiting Scholars and Visiting Graduate Students

 

VISITING SCHOLARS

 

Kathryn (Kathy) Kopinak, Canada
         
Professor, King’s University College, Western University

Research Focus:  “Industrial Relocation and Migration: the Role of the Export Industries in Countries of Origin: Morocco and Mexico”

 

Rocio Rosales, United States           

Post –Doctoral Fellow, University of California, Los Angeles
Research Focus:  “Local Context of Reception and Immigrant Adaptation Among Los Angeles Fruit Vendors”

 

Chris Haynes, United States

PhD candidate, University of California, Riverside

Research Focus:  “Empathy and Immigration Policy Preferences: The Interactive Pathway for Permissive Change”

 

Joaquín Arango, Spain    

Complutense University of Madrid and Director, Center for the Study of Migration and Citizenship, Ortega y Gasset Research Institute
  
Research Focus:  “The U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Regime in Comparative Perspective”

 

Viresh Bhawra, India
                   
Humphrey Fellow, University of Minnesota

Research Focus:  “Labour Trafficking through Illegal Migration and Human Smuggling”

 

Hyung Sung Choe, Korea   

Assistant Professor, Silla University

Research Focus:  “Korean American parenting and their children’s developmental outcomes”

 

Maria Lorena Cook, United States
            
Professor, Cornell University

Research Focus:  “As Citizens Among Us: Global Migration and Migrant Advocacy”

 

Verónica Hoyo, Mexico

Research Focus:  “Outsider political parties in comparative perspective: issue dimensions, electoral strategies and systemic impact”

 

Sae Jae Lee, Korea

Associate Professor, Kumoh National Institute of Technology

Research Focus:  Characteristics of Asian Immigrant Technologists

 

Diego López De Lera, Spain

Associate Professor, University of Coruña

Research Focus:  Return Migration from Spain

 

Cetta Mainwaring, United Kingdom         
Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo, Canada

Research Focus:  “Controlling Mobility: The Rise of Visa Regimes in the UK and the US”

 

Raquel Martínez Chicón, Spain

Universidad de Granada

Research Focus:  “The Provision of Services to Foreign Immigrant Population and the Management of Diversity by Public Administrations in Andalucia and California: A Comparative Analysis”

 

Cheun Hoe Yow, Singapore 

Assistant Professor and Fulbright Scholar, Nanyang Technological University

Research Focus:  “Localization, Transnationalism, Multiculturalism: A Comparative Study of New Chinese Migrants in Singapore and the United States”
May 2012 – July 2013

 

VISITING GRADUATE STUDENTS

 

Yanling Liu, China

PhD candidate, Jinan University

Research Focus:  “Cultural Identity and Transnationalism”

 

Milosz Miszczynski, Poland

PhD candidate, Jagiellonian University

Research Focus:  “Mobility of Foreign Direct Investment in the NAFTA Zone and Central and Eastern Europe.  A Comparative Study of Local Receptions.”

 

Stevie Ruiz, United States

PhD candidate, University of California, San Diego

Research Focus:  “The Color of Development: Race, Conformity and Land Conflict in Imperial County, 1900-1945”

 

Tina Zarpour, United States

PhD candidate, University of Maryland College Park

Research Focus:  “Transnational political engagement of Iranians in the diaspora: investigating online and offline impacts of the 2009 presidential election and subsequent events”

 

Florencia Rivaud, Spain

PhD candidate, Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset

Research Focus:  “Memories from the landscape that dried out”

 

2011 - 2012

2011-2012 Visiting Scholars and Visiting Graduate Students

 

VISITING SCHOLARS

 

Kathryn Kopinak, Canada

Research Focus:  “The Complementary Relationship Between International Migration and Mexican Maquiladora Employment”

 

Ilker Atac, Austria

Assistant Professor, University of Vienna

Research Focus:  “Austrian Migration Policies”   

 

Hyung-Sung Choe, Korea
     
Assistant Professor, Silla University

Research Focus:  “Korean American parenting and their children’s developmental outcomes”

 

Eunice Akemi Ishikawa, Japan 
    

Associate Professor, Shizuoka University of Art and Culture

Research Focus:  “Education and Ethnic Identity of Second-Generation Japanese-Brazilians in Japan”

 

Amparo González-Ferrer, Spain

Fellow, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)

Research Focus:  “Roads to citizenship in Spain and the US: Exploring the connections between undocumented migration, family reunification and naturalization strategies among recent immigrants”

 

Akihiro Koido, Japan

Professor, Hitotsubashi University

Research Focus:  “Immigration Enforcement and Social Movement After September 11th

 

 

Spyros Themelis, United Kingdom

Lecturer in Education, Middlesex University

Research Focus:  “Roma Education in Europe”

 

Trinidad Vicente Torrado, Spain

Lecturer in Sociology, University of Deusto

Research Focus:  “Female migration projects.  Colombian, Ecuadorian and Moroccan women towards Spain”

 

VISITING GRADUATE STUDENTS

 

Robbie Totten, United States  

PhD Candidate, University of California - Los Angeles

Research Focus:  “Security and United States Immigration Policy”

 

Marie-Laurence Flahaux, Belgium

PhD candidate, Catholic University of Louvain and National Institute for Demographic Studies (INED, France)

Research Focus:  “Comparative analysis of Senegalese and Congolese migrants’ return and reintegration patterns in their home country” 

 

Luisa Feline Freier, United Kingdom

PhD candidate, London School of Economics (LSE)

Research Focus:  “The impact of immigration policy on new south-south migration: The case of contemporary African migration to Latin America” 

 

Jesus Gonzalez, Mexico

PhD candidate, Autonomous University of Baja California

Research Focus:  “Bicultural Identity of Naturalized U.S. citizens of Mexican Origin and Their Civic Participation” 

 

Mayuri Ito, Japan

Masters student, Hitotsubashi University

Research Focus:  “Analysis of how Somalis’ transnational networks have reconstructed, re-strengthened, or transformed after governmental intervention” 

 

Amaha Kassa, United States

PhD candidate, Harvard University

Research Focus:  “Making Citizens: The Politics of Foreign Nationality in British Prisons.” 

 

Emma Kaufman, United Kingdom

PhD candidate and Clarendon Fellow, Oxford University

Research Focus:  “Making Citizens: The Politics of Foreign Nationality in British Prisons.” 

 

Kedar Kulkarni, United States

PhD candidate, University of California, San Diego

Research Focus:  “Secular Gods and the Citizenry” 

 

Yanling Liu, China

PhD candidate, Jinan University

Research Focus:  “Cultural Identity and Transnationalism”

 

Arianna Martinez, United States

PhD candidate, Rutgers University

Research Focus:  “The Politics of Latino Belonging – Law, Scale, and Identity in Municipal Anti-Immigrant Ordinances in the United States”

 

Milosz Miszczynski, Poland

PhD candidate, Jagiellonian University

Research Focus:  “Cultural Impacts of foreign direct investment in selected local communities of Mexico, Poland, Ukraine, and Romania”

 

Florencia Rivaud, Spain

PhD candidate, Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset

Research Focus:  “Memories from the landscape that dried out”

 

Tina Zarpour, United States

PhD candidate, University of Maryland College Park

Research Focus:  “Transnational political engagement of Iranians in the diaspora: investigating online and offline impacts of the 2009 presidential election and subsequent events”

 

2010 - 2011

2010-2011 Visiting Scholars and Visiting Graduate Students