Migration Working Group Directory

Mohamed Abumaye (mabumaye@ucsd.edu) is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology at UCSD. His research interests are international migration, specifically Somali refugees.

Yelena Bailey (ydbailey@ucsd.edu) is a graduate student in the Department of Literature at UCSD. Her research areas include Caribbean migration, Radical U.S. Counter-Nationalisms, and the correlation between Black radicalism and hip-hop.

Rawan Arar (RawanArar@yahoo.com) is a graduate student in sociology at UCSD. She studies forced migration, refugees, and diaspora populations with a focus on the Middle East.

Virginia Elizabeth Bartz (vbartz@ucsd.edu) is a graduate student in the department of Latin American Studies at CILAS (Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies) at UCSD. She works with youth activist and artists for transnational educational justice and thinks about identity, sexuality, gender, and methods of empowerment for marginalized groups.

Kevin Beck (krbeck@ucsd.edu) is a graduate student in the Sociology Department at UCSD.  He is interested in international migration and urban ethnography.

Angela García (a9garcia@ucsd.edu) is a PhD candidate in Sociology at UCSD. She conducts research on subnational immigration-orientated policies in the U.S. and Spain with a focus on their outcomes in immigrant communities.

David Keyes (dgkeyes@ucsd.edu) is a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology at UCSD. His research focuses on Mexican immigration to the United States, assimilation, and sports.

Nadeen Kharputly (nkharput@ucsd.edu) is a graduate student in the Department of Literature at UCSD. Her research interests are in globalization and immigration in contemporary American and French literature.

Jack Jin Gary Lee (jackjin@ucsd.edu) is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology at UCSD. His current research examines the emergence of guest-worker policies in industrialized Asia and, in general, the comparative politics of immigration policy-making.

Jane Lilly (jrlilly@ucsd.edu) is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology at UCSD. Her research focuses on mixed citizenship status families in the U.S. and U.S. immigration policy.

Haiyi Liu (hal022@ucsd.edu) is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology at UCSD.  Her research focuses on “online-dating” and marriage migration between women from China and men in English speaking Western countries such as the United States, Canada, and Australia.

Shane McClain (sbmcclai@ucsd.edu) is a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology at UCSD. His research focuses on linguistic markers of identity and place among indigenous Mexican immigrants in the United States.

Teresita Rocha (trochaji@ucsd.edu) is a graduate student in Latin American Studies Department at UCSD. His research focuses on Mexican immigration to the United States and migration and security issues in Mexico’s Southern border.

Amrah Salomon Johnson (ansalomo@ucsd.edu) is a graduate student in the department of Ethnic Studies. Her research focuses on pedagogy, hegemony, the Mexican revolution, exile, displacement, land, indigeneity, gender, sexuality, media and popular culture.

Robbie Totten (rtotten@ucla.edu) is a PhD candidate in Political Science at UCLA and the Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the CCIS. His research is on national security and U.S. immigration policy.

Alvin Wong (h0wong@ucsd.edu) is a graduate student in the Department of Literature at UCSD. His research focuses on gender and sexuality in transnational Chinese cultures, regionalism, and Filipino migrations to Hong Kong.

Kristin Yarris (kyarris@ucsd.edu) is a Lecturer in Anthropology and Global Health at UCSD. Her research focuses on Nicaraguan migration, transnational families, and the consequences of parent migration for intergenerational caregiving, family wellbeing, and cultural continuity and change in gender roles and family relationships.