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Migration Working Group Directory
Rawan Arar (rarar [at] ucsd [dot] edu) is a Ph.D. student in sociology; her main interests include citizenship, nationalism, sovereignty, human rights, and refugees. She is currently working on two papers: One paper asks how sectarian violence influences refugee resettlement by studying the case of Iraqi refugees in Jordan. The second paper discusses how the appropriation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Northern Ireland allows sectarian groups to make universalist rights claims.
Kevin Beck (krbeck [at] ucsd [dot] edu) is a graduate student in the Sociology Department at UCSD. He is interested in immigrant neighborhoods.
Cristina Fernández (m4fernan [at] ucsd [dot] edu) is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology at UCSD. Her current research examines Ecuadorian immigrants’ mobilization strategies in New York City and Madrid.
Angela S. Garcia (a9garcia [at] ucsd [dot] edu) is a PhD Candidate in Sociology. She conducts research on state and local immigration-orientated policies in the United States and Spain. Her work investigates how unauthorized immigrant actors experience the application of these legal norms on the ground.
Micah Gell-Redman (mgellredman [at] ucsd [dot] edu) is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at UCSD. His research interests include the politics of public goods provision, public health and migration. Micah will be leading the 2013-2014 round of the Mexican Migration Field Research Program, which will collect data from field sites in Oaxaca, Mexico and San Diego County.
Emma Greeson (egreeson [at] ucsd [dot] edu) is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology at UCSD. She is interested in migration and nationalism in Central and Eastern Europe.
Laura D. Gutierrez (ldgutier [at] ucsd [dot] edu) is a graduate student in the Department of History at UCSD. Laura is currently in Mexico City conducting research on her dissertation which examines the effects of return migration (including voluntary repatriation and deportation) on post-revolutionary Mexico. In particular, she’s interested in how changes in deportation and migration policies before and during the Bracero Program affected communities in northern Mexico.
Teresita Rocha Jiménez, M.A. (trochaji [at] ucsd [dot] edu) is a research assistant at the Division of Global Public Health at UCSD. She is interested in migration and sex work along the Mexico-Guatemala border and how the implementation of immigration policies and sex work regulations affect sex worker’s safety and health. She was a graduate student of Latin American Studies, CILAS at UCSD.
Nadeen Kharputly (nkharput [at] ucsd [dot] edu) is a graduate student in the Department of Literature at UCSD. Nadeen works on 20th and 21st-century American, French and Arabic literatures with a focus on immigration, orientalism, and globalization. She also works on the Arab Spring and its cultural influences throughout and beyond the Middle East.
Hillary Kosnac (hkosnac [at] ucsd [dot] edu) is a graduate student in the Latin American Studies Department at UCSD. Her research focuses on Mexican migration to the United States and U.S. immigration policy.
Jack Jin Gary Lee (jackjin [at] ucsd [dot] edu) is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at UCSD. His dissertation research focuses on the making and meanings of law in colonial states within the British Empire. He is also completing research that examines the institutional bases of immigration policy in industrialized Asia.
Jane Lilly López (jrlilly [at] ucsd [dot] edu) is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology at UCSD. Jane’s research focuses on the intersection of citizenship and immigration in the law. Her most recent projects have focused on mixed citizenship status couples and the immigration policies of the first Obama administration.
Lydia Lundgren (llundgre [at] ucsd [dot] edu) is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at UCSD. Lydia’s research addresses short and long term variation in opinions on immigrants and immigration policy. Her dissertation explains the role of political leaders and the media in influencing these attitudes.
Alina Mendez (armendez [at] ucsd [dot] edu) is a graduate student in the Department of History at UCSD. Alina researches Mexican agricultural workers and families living in the Imperial-Mexicali border region during the Bracero Program era. By examining the demographic and urban transformations that the program triggered in the Mexican state of Baja California, she hopes to demonstrate how California agribusiness has externalized its labor reproduction costs to Mexicali’s impoverished colonias since the mid-20th century.
Mike Nicholson (mdnichol [at] ucsd [dot] edu) is a 4th year Ph.D student in the political science department. Mike is interested in immigrant political participation and partisanship, anti-immigrant sentiment, and refugee/asylum seeker policy.