Visiting Research Fellows and Guest Scholars

Below are the Visiting Research Fellows and Guest Scholars for 2012-2013. 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 2014 – June 2014

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.

Post – Doctoral Fellow

rosales-profilepicRocio Rosales (United States)
September 2012 – August 2014

Research Project: “Local Context of Reception and Immigrant Adaptation Among Los Angeles Fruit Vendors” This project is an extension of a dissertation that examined the social and economic lives of a group ofstreet vendors in Los Angeles. It explores how local quality of life ordinances have impacted immigrant vendors working within the informal sector. It also examines how social capital is created through routine street-level interactions between fruit vendors and customers.

Biography: Rocio Rosales completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California-Los Angeles in 2012. She received her A.B. in Sociology (cum laude) with a certificate in Latin American Studies from Princeton University. Her research interests involve international migration, informal work, Latinos/as in the U.S. and urban ethnography. She has recently accepted a position on the sociology faculty at UC Irvine, to begin Fall 2014.

Pre – Doctoral Fellow

Chris Haynes (United States)
September 2012 – June 2013

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

Biography: Chris Haynes is a PhD candidate in political science from the University of California Riverside.  His NSF-funded dissertation examines the effects of empathy in the context of immigration policy preferences.  More broadly, his research includes a book manuscript on the framing effects on public opinion on immigration, working papers on Asian-American co-ethnic linked fate, the implications of ethnic media consumption on the political knowledge of Latinos, Asian-Americans, and African-Americans, and work with the second iteration of the National Asian American Survey.

Visiting Research Scholars

hoyoVerónica Hoyo (Mexico)
April 2013 – April 2014

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

Biography: Verónica Hoyo holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Her research focuses on the role of outsider political parties, their strategies and the nature of voter preferences in contemporary democracies. She is particularly interested in analysing the choice and timing of the politicisation of social cleavages (such as immigration, environmentalism, etc.) and their introduction into the issue agenda by radical, political entrepreneurs. Her other research interests include electoral institutions, political behaviour, nationalism and identity politics.

raquelRaquel Martínez Chicón (Spain)
June 2013 – November 2013

Research Project:  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”

Biography: Raquel Martínez Chicón is Professor at the Department of Social Anthropology, researcher at the Institute of Migrations and at the Laboratory of Inter-cultural Studies of the University of Granada, Spain. Her research interests include Migration, Labor Markets, Social Exclusion, Diversity Management, Integration Policies and Inter-Cultural Studies. Raquel’s project while at CCIS focuses on the Provision of Services to Foreign Immigrant Population and the Management of Diversity by Public Administrations in Andalucía and California.

Barbara Buckinx (United States)
October 2013

Research Project: “Reducing Domination in Global Politics.”

Biography: Barbara Buckinx received her PhD in Politics from Princeton University in 2010. She also holds MA and MSc degrees in Psychology and Social and Political Theory, both from the University of Edinburgh. Her research interests include migration, citizenship, and global governance. One of her projects focuses on deportation and articulates a principle of non-removal that is anchored in the state’s legal and normative commitment to avoid harm. She is also interested in freedom-based claims to citizenship, and she has embarked on a new project that investigates how members of Congress view the undocumented immigrants in their districts. In addition, she is completing a book manuscript entitled Reducing Domination in Global Politics.

Marfouk, AbdeslamAbdeslam Marfouk (Belgium)
September 2013 – August 2014

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

Biography: Dr. Abdeslam Marfouk is Research Fellow at the Institut Wallon de l´Evaluation, de la Prospective et de la Statistique (IWEPS) and Research Associate at the Department of Economic (DULBEA) of the Universite Libre de Bruxelles [ULB], Belgium. He was awarded his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Lille 2 (France) and his MSc in Econometrics from the Free University of Brussels (ULB). Currently he is a visiting scholar at the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies
 (CCIS) of the University of California at San Diego (UCSD). He has authored research reports, books chapters and articles in international journals addressing different issues in international migration.

BhawraViresh Bhawra (India)
April 2013 – June 2013

Research Project: Labour Trafficking through Illegal Migration and Human Smuggling

Biography: Viresh Kumar Bhawra is an international Humphrey Fellow (Fulbright Scholar) 2012-13 from India. He is a senior police officer in India from federal police service (Indian Police Service) and is working in the state of Punjab, heading the state level crime investigation wing of Punjab Police. He has written a paper of ‘Irregular migration from India to EU – Evidence from Punjab’ which has been published by European University Institute in 2013. The Humphrey fellowship is a fellowship program of US department of state and is administered by Institute of International Education, Washington DC. His field of study during fellowship is ‘Trafficking in persons’. After completing major portion of fellowship at University of Minnesota Law School, he has joined Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, University of California San Diego for a study of ‘Illegal Migration from Mexico to US and its comparative study with illegal migration from/to India’.

Maria Lorena Cook (United States)
January 2013 – June 2013

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

Biography: Maria is a Professor in the Department of International and Comparative Labor at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University, in Ithaca, New York. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and was previously a Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for US-Mexican Studies at UCSD. She has written on Mexican trade unions and politics, labor law reform in Latin America, and unauthorized migration and pro-migrant advocacy movements. Her books include The Politics of Labor Reform in Latin America: Between Flexibility and Rights (2007); Organizing Dissent: Unions, the State, and the Democratic Teachers’ Movement in Mexico (1996); The Politics of Economic Restructuring: State-Society Relations and Regime Change in Mexico (1994, co-editor); and Regional Integration and Industrial Relations in North America (1994, co-editor). Maria’s project while at CCIS focuses on migrant advocacy movements and is based on fieldwork in Spain, Arizona, and Australia.

Mary LopezMary Lopez (United States)
August 2013-June 2014
Research Project: “Mexican Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Industry Choice, Language Proficiency, and Entrepreneurial Success” and “Skill Mismatch Among Highly Skilled Immigrant Women in the U.S.”

Biography: Prof. Lopez is an Associate Professor of Economics at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Notre Dame. Her research interests include migration, entrepreneurship, poverty, and racial and gender labor market inequalities.

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 – May 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.

Stevie Ruiz (United States)
August 2012 – June 2013

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

Biography: Stevie Ruiz is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego.  His dissertation, “The Color of Development: Race, Conformity and Land Conflict in Imperial County, 1900-1945” focuses on the power dynamics oscillating between White colonial settlers, Asian tenants, Mexicans farm workers and Native people over land.  American westward expansion is typically conceived as a movement toward greater political and economic freedom directly following the ratification of the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo of 1848, when the United States seized the northern territory of Mexico and Indigenous nations. Claims to land have bifurcated into debates in Chicano Studies over citizenship rights to land and, on the other hand, an analytical focus on settler-colonialism in Native-American Studies.  In his dissertation, he analyzes two dimensions that have not been discussed by the existing literature on race and colonialism: a geographical focus on Imperial County and an examination of the centrality of land subsidy programs to colonialism as practiced at the U.S.-Mexico border in the early 20th century.  Fifty years after the end of Spanish-American War, the United States federal government instituted its largest land subsidy program to promote White settlement to the American Southwest, resulting in massive land confiscation through the use of the Reclamation Act of 1902 and Alien Land Law that annulled immigrant’ claims to land and thus citizenship. At its core, this dissertation uncovers complex dimensions to the history of U.S. colonialism and settlement practiced domestically by analyzing conflicts between settlers, migrants and the Cocopah Nation (Native people) over the same land in Imperial County, a region located 90 miles east of San Diego and 10 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border.  At its core, his dissertation argues that U.S. citizenship was contingent upon land confiscation of racially marginalized populations.  Fundamentally, his research tackles the critical question as to how poor working-class people dissented from, or conformed to, settler colonial ambitions.In addition to his work on political geography, race and Chicano Studies, Ruiz has research and teaching interests that intersect with Queer Studies, Architecture and the Built Environment.  He has written extensively on the uses of Gay and Lesbian history, as well as human rights at the U.S.-Mexico Border.