Visiting Research Fellows and Guest Scholars

Below are the Visiting Research Fellows and Guest Scholars for 2014-2015. To view a complete archive of past CCIS Visiting Fellows and Guest Scholars, please click here. Apply to become a CCIS Research Fellow or Guest Scholar here.

Senior Fellow

Kathyrn(Kathy) Kopinak (Canada)
January 2015 – June 2015
Research Project: “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.
Biography: Kathy received her BA and MA in Sociology from the University of Western Ontario and her Ph. D. from York University. She is a Canadian Sociologist at King’s University College, University of Western Ontario who began formal research on northern Mexico in the early eighties when North America’s industrial heartland started to dramatically transfer production to the US-Mexico borderlands. Research and publications have included the study of the labor process in Mexican maquiladora industries, the gendered division of labor in northern Mexico, environmental impacts of Mexican industrialization, the relationship between maquiladora employment and migration, and the influence of Mexican export industries on the growth and character of regional and global economies. She has received research grants from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and a teaching award from the Ontario Council of University Faculty Associations.

Visiting Research Scholars

Kang-Photo-BWS. Deborah Kang (United States)
June 2015 – September 2015
Research Project: 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.  In so doing, the manuscript challenges scholarly and popular notions that immigration law and policy were forged by Congress and the courts and dutifully implemented by southwestern immigration agents.  Instead, I argue that INS officials in the borderlands played the central role in defining contemporary immigration law and policy, immigration enforcement practices, and modern conceptions of immigrant rights.  More broadly, through a focused examination of agency operations at the local level, this book shifts the impetus for immigration policy formation from state actors in Washington, D.C. to a multinational cast of state and non-state actors in the borderlands.  By offering fresh insights into immigration law and policy formation, the institutional development of the INS and the Border Patrol, and the history of immigrant rights, this manuscript contributes to the scholarship in multiple fields, including western and borderlands history, social and immigration history, and legal and political history.
Biography: S. Deborah Kang received her B.A. from the College Scholar Program at Cornell University, an M.A.  from the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program at U.C. Berkeley, and her Ph.D. in United States History from U.C. Berkeley.  She is currently an assistant professor in the History Department at California State University, San Marcos.  Her research and publications focus on the relationship between law and society along the nation’s northern and southern borders and have been supported by research grants from the Huntington Library and the Clements Center for Southwest Studies.
Rui_DongGenDongGen Rui (China)
February 2015 – February 2016
Research Project: “The Historical Pattern of Migration: Korean Chinese and Mexican Migration to the US”
Biography: DongGen Rui is an associate professor at Pukyong National University in South Korea. He is studying the historical pattern of migration that shows human experience from the comparative perspective. DongGen received his BA and MA in China and his Ph. D in Sociology from Korea University in Korea. He is a South Korea Sociologist at Pukyong National University. Research and publications have included the study of the transnational labor market and ethnic community making process in China and Korea. He has received research grants from the Pukyong National University.

Visiting Graduate Students

Yuching Julia ChengYuching Julia Cheng (Taiwan)
February 2014 – August 2015
Research Project: “Racial Formation within Immigrant Families: How Married Children of Immigrants Rearticulate the Meanings of Race and Ethnicity”
Biography: Yuching Julia Cheng is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology from the University at Albany, SUNY. Her research interests involve race and ethnicity, immigration, transnationalism, Asian and Asian American studies, gender and family, and Chinese diaspora. In addition to her dissertation research, she is working on a paper examining the effect of immigration law on the transnational mobility of Chinese migrants in the global south. She has recently published a literature review article in Sociology Compass.
Allan Colbern (United States)
May 2014 – March 2015
Research Project: “From American Slavery to Immigration: Developments in Regulating Borders, Movement, and Access to Resources”
Biography: Allan Colbern is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Riverside. His dissertation, “From American Slavery to Immigration: Developments in Regulating Borders, Movement, and Access to Resources,” analyzes the political development of American immigration law over time, by exploring developments in regulatory power over movement (entry/exit and internal movement) and access to residency, labor and public resources. Highlighting a range of identity documents throughout American history (slave and freedmen passes, early passport and visa policies, and state driver licenses and city ID cards today), his dissertation argues that these travel documents and legal restrictions are not only functionally related to one another, but they also reflect developments in American federalism, state capacity, political economy, race and ethnicity. His dissertation is divided into two parts. Part I argues that early slavery law established America’s earliest comprehensive de facto immigration law through state and municipal governments, including laws restricting international and inter-state entry/exit as well as powers to define black (slave and freedmen) legal status and deport blacks. Part II builds a historical comparison between antebellum northern free states’ regulations over blacks (1780-1865) and contemporary states’ regulations over immigrants (1986-Today). By placing contemporary immigration law, particularly highlighting increased state and municipal legal dimensions to immigration law, his dissertation contributes an original account for how regulatory power over entry, movement, and access to resources developed at local and state levels during the antebellum period through laws regulating both slaves and freedmen in the slave south and free north. His dissertation also explores the role of American federalism for the development of regulatory power, analyzing contests between federal, state, and municipal government over time.