Oct 20 – Firms and the Economics of Skilled Immigration w/ William Kerr

CCIS Fall Seminar
William Kerr, Professor at Harvard Business School
with discussant Gordon Hanson, Acting Dean of the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, UCSD

Monday, October 20, 12:00pm 

Firms and the Economics of Skilled Immigration

Firms play a central role in the selection, sponsorship, and employment of skilled immigrants entering the United States for work through programs like the H-1B visa. This role has not been widely recognized in the literature, and the data to better understand it have only recently become available. This chapter discusses the evidence that has been assembled to date in understanding the impact of high skilled immigration from the perspective of the firm and the open areas that call for more research. Since much of the U.S. immigration process for skilled workers rests in the hands of employer firms, a stronger understanding of these implications is essential for future policy analysis, particularly for issues relating to fostering innovation.

Bill KerrWilliam Kerr is a Professor at Harvard Business School. Bill teaches in the MBA, executive education and doctoral programs at HBS. He is the faculty chair of HBS’ Launching New Ventures program, and he recently created an MBA course entitled Launching Global Ventures. He has received Harvard’s Distinction in Teaching award.

His research focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation, including  the role of immigrant scientists and entrepreneurs in US technology development and commercialization, as well as their impact for the global diffusion of new innovations and ideas. His research also includes studying how government policies aid or hinder the entry of new firms, cluster formation, and growth. A final interest area is entrepreneurial finance and angel investments.

In 2013, Bill received the Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship.


Oct 16 – Asylum in the United States w/ Yvette Lopez, Esq.

CCIS Fall Seminar
Yvette Lopez, Esq., San Diego Immigration Attorney and Adjunct Professor at California Western School of Law

Thursday, October 16, 4:30pm 

Asylum in the United States:  A Tour of Latin America and the Continent’s Claims

A part of the Seeking Asylum in North America speaker series, co-sponsored by California Western School of Law , Institute for International, Comparative and Area Studies and the Scholars Strategy Network.

Yvette LopezYvette Lopez is an immigration attorney in San Diego, California. She has dedicated her career to representing immigrants from all over the world. Her deportation defense practice focuses on applications for asylum, lawful permanent residents, cancellation of removal for nonresidents and naturalization cases. She has successfully represented individuals before the Immigration Courts, Board of Immigration Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Ninth Circuit. For several years, she was part of the United States Department of Justice Attorney General’s Honors Program and worked as an attorney advisor for the Immigration Courts in San Diego and Los Angeles. She has been a legal commentator on television and radio in the U.S. and Latin America and her work has been profiled on National Public Radio’s Marketplace Money. She was a columnist on immigration issues for Enlace, the Spanish edition of the San Diego Union Tribune. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at California Western School of Law and also teaches at the Heidelberg Center for Latin America in Santiago de Chile. Her public policy work has been commissioned by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, a leading political foundation in Germany. Supported by the Bravo Foundation and UNESCO, she recently worked on a documentary on Latino success stories that was debuted at the 2014 San Diego Latino Film Festival.

Oct 15 – “Skills of the ‘Unskilled’” with Jacqueline Hagan

CCIS Fall Seminar
Jacqueline HaganRobert G. Parr Distinguished Term Professor at UNC

Wednesday, October 15, 12:00pm 

Skills of the “Unskilled”: Work and Mobility among Mexican Migrants 

Most labor and migration studies classify migrants with limited formal education or credentials as “low skilled” or  “unskilled.” Despite the value of their work experiences and the substantial technical and interpersonal skills developed throughout their lives, their labor market contributions are often overlooked and their mobility pathways poorly understood.  Skills of the Unskilled reports the findings of a five-year study that draws on research including interviews with 320 Mexican migrants and return migrants in North Carolina and Guanajuato, Mexico.  The authors uncover their lifelong human capital and identify mobility pathways associated with the acquisition and transfer of skills across the migratory circuit, including reskilling, occupational mobility, job jumping, and entrepreneurship.

Jacqueline Maria HaganJacqueline Hagan is the Robert G. Parr Distinguished Term Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include international migration, labor markets, gender, religion, and human rights.  She is author of Deciding to be Legal and Migration Miracle.


Oct 13 – Symposium on the Mexican Diaspora in San Diego

 Monday,  October 13th  – Symposium starts at 12:30pm

Malamud Room at the Weaver Center, Institute of the Americas – UC San Diego

Please RSVP here through Eventbrite

The half-day symposium will begin with Lunch at 12:30 PM with Ernest De Lucas,  Director of the Institute for Mexicans Abroad (IME); Andrew O’Brien,  Special Representative from the US Department of State; and Mexico’s Consul General in San Diego, Remedios Gómez Arnau. Panels on the CaliBaja cross-border business community and the Oaxacan diaspora in San Diego will follow.

There will also be remarks from UCSD Chancellor Pradeep Khosla and Former Senator Denise Moreno Duchen,  with a reception to close the day. See the full agenda here.

This event is sponsored by the Institute for Mexicans Abroad and is co-hosted by the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, the Institute of the Americas and the Scholars Strategy Network. It is part of a larger series of events that aim to include university campuses in the efforts of the International Diaspora Engagement Alliance to highlight the role of diaspora communities and to engage with them in collaborative efforts with the private sector, civil society and public institutions to support economic and social development.

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Sept 18 – “Seeking Asylum in North America” w/ Judge Rico Bartolomei

Thursday, September 18, 2014

12:10 p.m. @ Room 2G

350 Cedar Street Building, California Western School of Law

Judge Rico Bartolomei, the third highest ranking judge in the U.S. Immigration Court, will be the lead off speaker for the twelve annual joint speakers series, co-sponsored by California Western School of Law’s International Legal Studies Program and the Institute of International, Comparative and Area Studies at UC San Diego.  The speakers series title is Seeking Asylum in North America.

For more information, please contact Prof. James Cooper by email or by phone at 619-525-1430. There is ample city and private parking, for more information please click here.

Rico J. BartolomeiDOJ Seal was appointed as an ACIJ in April 2012, based in San Diego. Judge Bartolomei received a bachelor of arts degree in 1983 from the University of Notre Dame and a juris doctorate in 1986 from Georgetown University Law Center. From January 2009 to April 2012, and again from September 1994 to October 2006, Judge Bartolomei served as an immigration judge at the San Diego immigration court. From October 2006 to January 2009, Judge Bartolomei served as an assistant chief immigration judge in San Diego. From 1991 to 1994, he served as a staff attorney for the Board of Immigration Appeals. From 1987 to 1991, he worked as an attorney with the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Judge Bartolomei is a member of the Massachusetts and District of Columbia Bars.

“Is Money Enough” – New Publication from CCIS Research

Adimram Sawyer, who serves on the Education faculty at Bard College, has published a new study in International Migration Review. Using data from the Mexican Migration Field Research Program at CCIS, he compares remittance-receiving families in rural Mexico to non-remittance receiving households in terms of how the presence of this financial source relates to variation in parent educational aspirations for their children and youth enrollment and completion at the non-compulsory upper secondary schooling level. 


Read “Is Money Enough?: The Effect of Migrant Remittances on Parental Aspirations and Youth Educational Attainment in Rural Mexico

Implications of Deportation on Health & Well Being – Sept 10


 Wednesday,September 10, 12:30pm

Biomedical Research Facility, School of Medicine, Conference Room 5A03

*Lunch will be provided

The United States has expelled nearly 2 million persons since 2009.  Relatively little research exists on the potential ramifications of this unprecedented event on health and well being.  This talk will highlight notable findings relating to understanding deportation in the context of the northern US-Mexico border and southern Mexico-Guatemala border regions. Research is being conducted by three leading researchers in the field of migration and health and it features the potential health vulnerabilities that deported migrants may experience in the context of converging social forces including drug trafficking, sex tourism and poverty.


ojedaVictoria Ojeda is an Associate Professor in the Division of Global Public Health in the Department of Medicine at UCSD. She conducts qualitative and quantitative research on substance use, HIV/AIDS, and mental health issues, with a focus on Latino deportees, and injection drug users.


kim brouwerKimberly Brouwer is an Associate Professor in the Division of Global Public Health in the Department of Medicine at UCSD.  She researches the spatial and molecular epidemiology of infectious diseases, studying the dynamic between the host and environment, and how this relates to susceptibility to and spread of infections.



shura goldenbergShira Goldenberg is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Gender and Sexual Health Initiative of the Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and the Division of AIDS in the Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. She conducts qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research on social and structural factors shaping HIV/STI risk among mobile, vulnerable populations in Canada and Latin America.


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