John Skrentny, professor of sociology, and director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at UCSD.John Skrentny 
CCIS Co-Director, Professor of Sociology
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Areas of expertise: international migration, immigration of the highly skilled, immigration politics and law, labor supply and training of scientists and engineers, innovation.
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David FitzGerald
CCIS Co-Director, Theodore E. Gildred Chair in U.S.-Mexican Relations, Professor of Sociology, UCSD
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Areas of expertise: international migration, nationalism, transnationalism, comparative immigration and nationality law.
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headshot-ana-minvielleAna Minvielle
Management Services Officer
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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.
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Administrative Assistant
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Angela S. García
Graduate Student Researcher
Angela S. García is a PhD candidate in Sociology at UC San Diego and a graduate student researcher at CCIS. She researches subnational (state and local) immigration-orientated laws in the United States and Spain. Her work explains the variation of these norms across time and place, and investigates how unauthorized immigrant actors experience the application of restrictive and accommodating policies on the ground. Angela’s dissertation demonstrates how the legal contexts of immigrants’ receiving communities intersect with civic incorporation in one of the first comparative studies of the empirical outcomes of local immigration ordinances. Her areas of expertise include international migration, law and society, race and ethnicity, Latino/a sociology, and political sociology. Her work has been published in Ethnic and Racial Studies and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. Book contributions include chapters with Harvard University Press and Lynne Reinner Publishers. For links to Angela’s CV, writing, and more on her research and teaching, please see
AhnPhambwAnh Pham
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.
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Graduate Student Researcher
Natalie Novick is a PhD student in Sociology at UCSD. Her work investigates the relationship between globalization and urbanization on international migration. Specifically, she is interested in the preference formation of destination choice among skilled migrants, and how integrated urban and regional networks create opportunity in the new global economy. Her PhD work aims to comparatively examine inequalities between workers and firms in a number of destination regions in the US and Europe. She holds a MSc. in Comparative European Politics with Distinction from Trinity College Dublin, and a BA in Political Science (summa cum laude) from Arizona State University.