John Skrentny
CCIS Co-Director, Professor of Sociology
(858) 822-4447
Areas of expertise: politics, law, social movements, ethnicity, globalization, and culture

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David FitzGerald
CCIS Co-Director, Theodore E. Gildred Chair in U.S.-Mexican Relations, Associate Professor of Sociology, UCSD
(858) 822-4447
Areas of expertise: international migration, nationalism, transnationalism, comparative immigration and nationality law

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headshot-ana-minvielleAna Minvielle
Management Services Officer
(858) 822-4447
Ana Minvielle provides administrative support for the Director, administers Visiting Research Fellows and Guest Scholars program, coordinates logistics for conferences, seminars, and the Mexican Migration Field Research Program. Responsible for fiscal accounting and grants management, including salary administration for staff, Visiting Fellows, Guest Scholars, and Graduate Student Researchers.
Allison Van Vooren
Student Researcher
headshot-leah-muse-orlinoffLeah Muse-Orlinoff
Senior Graduate Student Researcher, Mexican Migration Field Research Program Research Coordinator
(858) 246-0281
Leah Muse-Orlinoff is a graduate student in the Sociology Ph.D. program at the University of California – San Diego. She is also a Senior Graduate Student Researcher at the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies where she helps direct the Mexican Migration Field Research and Training Program. Muse-Orlinoff has received funding from the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC-MEXUS), UCSD’s Dean of Social Sciences, and the Department of Sociology at UCSD to conduct research on binational migrant networks in the United States and Spain, and is currently co-authoring three chapters in a book comparing the outcomes of immigration policy, labor markets, and social networks in the Spanish and US migration contexts. She participated in the Harvard-Manchester Summer School on Immigration and Social Change in Manchester, England in 2008, and has presented at conferences in Spain, Canada, and the United States. Muse-Orlinoff holds a B.A. in International Relations from the American University in Washington, DC.
Gary Lee
Graduate Student Researcher
Gary Lee is a graduate student researcher at CCIS and a Ph.D. student in the department of sociology at UCSD. Before joining UCSD, he was a research assistant for a project on international marriages in Singapore and Malaysia at the National University of Singapore’s Asia Research Institute (ARI). He has also conducted field research on the labor and healthcare issues faced by low-wage Chinese immigrant workers in Los Angeles. Lee is interested in the comparative
Angela S. García
Graduate Student Researcher
Angela García is a PhD candidate in Sociology at UC San Diego and a graduate student researcher at the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies. She also holds a Masters in Latin American Studies from UC San Diego. Angela conducts research on subnational immigration-orientated policies in the United States and Spain with a focus on their outcomes in immigrant communities. The Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, the Institute on International, Comparative and Area Studies, the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, and the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies have awarded her research funding. Angela recently published two book articles on Mexican immigration.
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Graduate Student Researcher
I am a PhD candidate in the economics department at UCSD. My primary field is development economics. I am interested in examining the relationship between taxation and firms’ behaviors in developing countries. I am also interested in labor and public economics.
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Graduate Student Researcher
Rawan Arar is a PhD student in sociology at UC San Diego and a graduate student researcher at CCIS. She graduated with a BA in sociology from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2008 and an MA in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010. Arar’s research interests include international immigration, refugee studies, human rights, gender, conflict and post-conflict societies, and the Middle East.
As a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, Arar lived in Jordan from 2009-2010.
She conducted fieldwork with Iraqi refugees and is currently writing about the role of sectarian violence and integration in refugee resettlement. In 2011, Arar was a visiting scholar to Trinity College Dublin’s Irish School of Ecumenics in Belfast. Her time in Northern Ireland has culminated in research about transitional justice and universalist rights claims in the post-peace agreement era after the Troubles. Her dissertation project will address citizenship, immigration, and access to rights through a comparative study of Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey.