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Project Title: The Integration of Immigrants into American Society

PIN: DBASSE-CPOP-11-01        

Major Unit:
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Sub Unit: Committee on National Statistics
Committee on Population


Plewes, Tom

Subject/Focus Area:  Behavioral and Social Sciences

Committee Membership
Date Posted:   12/20/2013

Dr. Cecilia Menjivar
Arizona State University

Dr. Cecilia Menjivar is Cowden Distinguished Professor in the T. Denny Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics at Arizona State University. Her research has centered on two areas: immigration from Central America to the United States and violence in Latin America. She has researched the effects of immigration laws, at the federal, state and local levels, on different aspects of immigrants' lives, such as family dynamics, the workplace and schools, family separations, educational aspirations, religious participation, and citizenship and belonging. Menjívar's publications include the books, Fragmented Ties: Salvadoran Immigrant Networks in America (University of California Press, 2000) and Enduring Violence: Ladina Women's Everyday Lives in Guatemala (University of California Press, 2011), and the edited collections Through the Eyes of Women: Gender, Social Networks, Family and Structural Change in Latin America and the Caribbean (De Sitter Publications, 2003); When States Kill: Latin America, the U.S. and Technologies of Terror (with Nestor Rodriguez) (University of Texas Press, 2005); Latinos/as in the United States: Changing the Face of America (Springer, 2008); and Constructing Immigrant "Illegality": Critiques, Experiences, and Responses (with Daniel Kanstroom) (Cambridge University Press, 2014). She holds a B.A. in psychology and sociology and an M.S. in policy planning and international development, both from University of Southern California. She also holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in sociology, both from the University of California, Davis.

Dr. Stephen J. Trejo
The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Stephen J. Trejo is a professor of economics at the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on public policy issues, including overtime pay regulation, the labor market experiences of immigrants, and obstacles to the economic progress of minority groups. He was a member of the IOM Committee to Study the Consequences of Health Uninsurance (2000-03), and a member of the NRC Panel to Study U.S. Hispanics (2003-05). Dr. Trejo is the author of numerous articles concerning the status and mobility of Mexican Americans in the U.S. labor market. He holds a B.A. in economics from University of California at Santa Barbara, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Mary C. Waters - (Chair)
Harvard University

Dr. Mary C. Waters is the M.E. Zukerman professor of sociology at Harvard University. She specializes in the study of immigration, inter-group relations, the formation of racial and ethnic identity among the children of immigrants, the challenges of measuring race and ethnicity, and the longitudinal impact of natural disasters. Currently, she is co-directing, with Jean Rhodes of University of Massachusetts Boston, the RISK (Resilience in Survivors of Katrina) Study. This study includes pre-hurricane data on physical and mental health and follows survivors and their children wherever they have relocated. She is also the author of two forthcoming books, Inheriting the City: The Second Generation Comes of Age, co-authored with Jennifer Holdaway, Philip Kasinitz, and John Mollenkopf published by the Russell Sage Foundation; and The New Americans: A Guide to Immigration Since 1965, co-authored with Reed Ueda and Helen Marrow and published by Harvard University Press. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Waters holds a B.A. in philosophy from Johns Hopkins University, an M.A. in demography, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology, all from the University of California at Berkeley.

Dr. Richard Alba
City University of New York, Graduate Center

Dr. Richard Alba is Distinguished professor of sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His teaching and research have taken on a comparative focus, encompassing the immigration societies of North America and Western Europe. His books include Ethnic Identity: The Transformation of White America (1990); Italian Americans: Into the Twilight of Ethnicity (1985); Remaking the American Mainstream: Assimilation and Contemporary Immigration (2003), co-written with Victor Nee; Blurring the Color Line: The New Chance for a More Integrated America (2010); and The Next Generation: Immigrant Youth in a Comparative Perspective (co-edited with Mary Waters)(2011). He is a former elected president of the Eastern Sociological Society (1997-98) and vice president of the American Sociological Association (2000-01). In 2008, he received the Award for a Distinguished Career of Scholarship, bestowed by the International Migration section of the American Sociological Association. Dr. Alba holds a B.A. from Columbia College, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University, both in Sociology.

Dr. Frank D. Bean
University of California, Irvine

Dr. Frank D. Bean is Chancellor's professor of sociology and director of the Center for Research on Immigration, Population and Public Policy at the University of California, Irvine. His research focuses on demographic change and international migration, estimating coverage error in the U.S. Mexican-born population, U.S. immigration policy, immigrant health, immigrant integration, and the demography of the U.S. Hispanic population. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation, the Transatlantic Academy in Washington, DC, the American Academy in Berlin, the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University, and the Center for U.S./Mexico Studies at the University of California at San Diego. In 2011, he received the Distinguished Lifetime Scholarly Career Award in International Migration from the American Sociological Association's International Migration Section. His most recent book (with Jennifer Lee), The Diversity Paradox: Immigration and the Color Line in 21st Century America, received the 2011 Otis Dudley Duncan Award from the American Sociological Association's Population Section for Distinguished Scholarship (Best Book) in Social Demography. His new book (with Susan K. Brown and James D. Bachmeier), A Members-Only America: Unauthorized Migration and Mexican-American Integration in the United States, will be published later this year. He holds a B.A. from the University of Kentucky, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University, all in Sociology.

Dr. Irene Bloemraad
University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Irene Bloemraad is an associate professor in sociology at the University of California Berkeley and a scholar with the Social Interaction, Identity and Well-being Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. Her main research interests are citizenship (including naturalization and dual nationality), immigrants’ civic and political incorporation, multiculturalism and comparative political sociology. She is also the author of the book, Becoming a Citizen: Incorporating Immigrants and Refugees in the United States and Canada (University of California Press, 2006), and co-editor on Civic Hopes, Political Realities (Russell Sage Foundation Press, 2008) and Rallying for Immigrant Rights (University of California Press, 2010). Her current research focuses on immigrants’ civic and political engagement in the United States, immigrant political socialization, comparative minority representation, and the cross-national effects of immigrant-driven diversity on trust and engagement. She holds a B.A. in political science and an M.A. in sociology, both from McGill University, and a Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University.

Mr. Michael Fix
Migration Policy Institute

Mr. Michael Fix is senior vice president and director of studies at the Migration Policy Institute, as well as co-director of MPI's National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy. His work focuses on immigrant integration, citizenship policy, immigrant children and families, the education of immigrant students, the effect of welfare reform on immigrants, and the impact of immigrants on the US labor force. Mr. Fix, who is an attorney, previously was at the Urban Institute, where he directed the Immigration Studies Program (1998-2004). His research there focused on immigrants and integration, regulatory reform, federalism, race, and the measurement of discrimination. Mr. Fix is a research fellow with IZA in Bonn, Germany. He served on the National Academy of Sciences' Committee on the Redesign of US Naturalization Tests. In 2005, Mr. Fix was a New Millennium Distinguished visiting scholar at Columbia University's School of Social Work. He holds a B.A. from Princeton University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.

Dr. Nancy Foner
Hunter College of the City University of New York

Dr. Nancy Foner is Distinguished professor of sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her main area of interest is immigration. She has studied Jamaicans in their home society as well as in New York and London, done research on nursing home workers, and written widely on immigration to New York City. She is particularly interested in the comparative study of immigration - comparing immigration today with earlier periods in the United States, the immigrant experience in various American gateway cities, and immigrant minorities in the United States and Europe. Dr. Foner is the author or editor of sixteen books, including From Ellis Island to JFK: New York’s Two Great Waves of Immigration); In a New Land: A Comparative View of Immigration; and Not Just Black and White: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity in the United States. She is also the author of more than 90 articles and book chapters. Among her other activities, she has testified on immigration issues before several Congressional committees and serves on the editorial board of numerous journals, including International Migration Review, Global Networks, and the Journal of American Ethnic History. Dr. Foner is currently the president-elect of the Eastern Sociological Society. She has been chair of the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association and president of the Society for the Anthropology of Work as well as the Society for Urban, National, and Transnational/Global Anthropology. She holds a B.A. in social anthropology from Brandeis University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology, both from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Charles Hirschman
University of Washington

Dr. Charles Hirschman is Boeing International professor in the Department of Sociology at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. Previously he taught at Duke University and at Cornell University. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate courses he conducts research on immigration and ethnicity in the United States and on social change in Southeast Asia. He currently directs the University of Washington-Beyond High School project, a longitudinal study of educational attainment and the early life course of young adults. He is the author of several books, and has written more than one hundred journal articles and book chapters. He has been elected president of the Population Association of America (2005), chair of Section K (Social, Economic, and Political Sciences) of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (2004-05), and is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He holds a B.A. in sociology from Miami University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in sociology, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Daniel T. Lichter
Cornell University

Dr. Daniel T. Lichter is the Ferris Family professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management, Professor of Sociology, and Director of the Cornell Population Center. Dr. Lichter is past president of the Population Association of America and the Rural Sociological Society. He also has served as editor of Demography (2002-2004), the flagship journal of the Population Association of America (PAA). Dr. Lichter has published widely on topics in population and public policy, including studies of concentrated poverty and inequality, intermarriage, cohabitation and marriage among disadvantaged women, and immigrant incorporation. His recent work, for example, has focused on changing ethnoracial boundaries, as measured by changing patterns of interracial marriage and residential segregation in the United States. He is especially interested in America's racial and ethnic transformation, growing diversity, and the implications for the future. His other work centers on new destinations of recent immigrants, especially Hispanics moving to less densely-settled rural areas. He has provided the first national estimates of racial residential segregation in Hispanic "boom towns" in the Midwest and South, focusing on the spatial assimilation and economic incorporation of the new immigrants into local communities. As a measure of acculturation, Dr. Lichter also has documented high rates of fertility among Hispanic immigrants and natives in new destinations. He holds a B.A. from South Dakota State University, an M.A. from Iowa State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, all in Sociology.

Dr. Douglas S. Massey
Princeton University

Dr. Douglas S. Massey is the Henry G. Bryant professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, with a joint appointment in the Woodrow Wilson School, at Princeton University. He currently serves as director of the Office of Population Research. Dr. Massey’s research focuses on international migration, race and housing, discrimination, education, urban poverty, stratification, and Latin America, especially Mexico. He is the author, most recently, of Brokered Boundaries: Constructing Immigrant Identity in Anti-Immigrant Times, coauthored with Magaly Sanchez and published by the Russell Sage Foundation. Dr. Massey is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. He is the current president of the American Academy of Political and Social Science and is a member of the Council of the National Academy of Sciences and co-editor of the Annual Review of Sociology. Dr. Massey holds a B.A. in sociology, anthropology, psychology, and Spanish from Western Washington University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology, both from Princeton University.

Dr. S. Karthick Ramakrishnan
University of California, Riverside

Dr. S. Karthick Ramakrishnan is associate professor of political science at the University of California, Riverside. His research focuses on civic participation, immigration policy, and the politics of race, ethnicity, and immigration in the United States. He directs the National Asian American Survey and is writing a book on the rise of state and local legislation on immigration over the past decade. He has held fellowships at the Russell Sage Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Public Policy Institute of California. He has received several grants from sources such as the James Irvine Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation, and has provided consultation to public officials at the federal and local levels. His books include Democracy in Immigrant America (2005), Asian American Political Participation: Emerging Constituents and Their Political Identities (2011, with Janelle Wong, Taeku Lee, and Jane Junn), and two edited volumes on immigrant politics and civic engagement: Transforming Politics, Transforming America (2006, with Taeku Lee and Ricardo Ramirez) and Civic Roots and Political Realities: Immigrants, Community Organizations, and Political Engagement (2008, with Irene Bloemraad). Dr. Ramakrishnan holds a B.A. in international relations and political sciences, and a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University.

Dr. Audrey Singer
The Brookings Institution

Dr. Audrey Singer is a senior fellow at the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. Her areas of expertise include demography, international migration, U.S. immigration policy, and urban and metropolitan change. She has written extensively on U.S. immigration trends, including immigrant integration, undocumented migration, naturalization and citizenship, and the changing racial and ethnic composition of the United States. Her co-edited book, Twenty-First Century Gateways: Immigrant Incorporation in Suburban America, focuses on the fastest growing immigrant populations among second-tier metropolitan areas including Washington, DC, Atlanta, Dallas, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Sacramento, and Charlotte. Other Brookings publications include, “The Geography of Immigrant Skills,” “State of Metropolitan America: on the Front Lines of Demographic Transformation,” “Immigrants, Politics, and Local Response in Suburban Washington,” “The Rise of New Immigrant Gateways,” and “From ‘Here’ to ‘There:’ Refugee Resettlement in Metropolitan America.” Dr. Singer holds a B.A. in sociology from Temple University, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in sociology, from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. David Takeo Takeuchi
Boston University

Dr. David Takeo Takeuchi is Professor and the inaugural Dorothy Book Scholar and Associate Dean for Research at the Boston College School of Social Work. Dr. Takeuchi is a sociologist with postdoctoral training in epidemiology and health services research. His research focuses on the social, structural, and cultural contexts that are associated with different health outcomes, especially among racial and ethnic minorities. He also examines the use of health services in different communities. He has received funding for his work from the National Institutes of Health, W.T. Grant Foundation, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Takeuchi received the Legacy Award from the Family Research Consortium for his research and mentoring and the Innovations Award from the National Center on Health and Health Disparities for his research contributions. Prior to coming to BC, he was at the University of Washington for eleven years. He was honored with the University of Washington 2011 Marsha Landolt Distinguished Mentor Award. In 2012, he was elected into the Washington State Academy of Sciences and the Sociological Research Association. He currently serves on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Center for Health Statistics and the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Program.
Dr. Takeuchi holds a B.A., an M.A., and a Ph.D. in sociology, all from the University of Hawaii.

Dr. Kevin J. Thomas
Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Kevin J. Thomas is an associate professor of sociology, demography, and African studies at the Pennsylvania State University, and a research associate at Penn State’s Population Research Institute (PRI). Previously, Dr. Thomas worked as a David Bell fellow at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, and later as a research fellow at the Harvard Initiative for Global Health. He also worked with the Migration Policy Research Program of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to produce the World Migration report in 2003 and has served as a consultant for several organizations including the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) in Washington, DC. His current research interests include migration and immigration processes, especially among African-origin populations, race and ethnic inequality, children and families, and international development. He holds a B.A. from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, an M.A. in development administration from Western Michigan University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in demography from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Richard A. Wright
Dartmouth College

Dr. Richard A. Wright is the Orvil Dryfoos professor of Geography and Public Affairs at Dartmouth College. His research interests include immigration, labor market operations, and labor migration. He has recently written articles in leading social science journals such as Economic Geography, Urban Geography, and
Environment and Planning A, on these topics as well as on the athletic footwear industry. Present projects include an NSF-supported study of the labor market
for immigrants and natives in New York and Los Angeles and the links between immigration and the internal migration of the native born, transnational migrant communities that join places in the US and Mexico, and the post immigration mobility and geography of the foreign born. Dr. Wright’s planned projects
include analyzing the transnational communities that join El Salvador with New York, Los Angeles, and Washington DC. He holds a B.Ed. from the University of Nottingham, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Indiana University, all in Geography.

Dr. Hirokazu Yoshikawa
New York University

Dr. Hirokazu Yoshikawa is the Courtney Sale Ross University professor of Globalization and Education at Steinhardt, and co-director of the Institute on Globalization and Education in Metropolitan Settings (IGEMS). He is a community and developmental psychologist who studies the effects of public policies and programs related to immigration, early childhood, and poverty reduction on children’s development. He has also conducted research on culture and sexuality in HIV / AIDS risk and prevention. He conducts research in the United States and in low- and middle-income countries. His recent books include Making it Work: Low-Wage Employment, Family Life and Child Development (2006, Russell Sage, with Thomas Weisner and Edward Lowe), Toward Positive Youth Development: Transforming Schools and Community Programs (2009, Oxford University Press, with Marybeth Shinn), and Immigrants Raising Citizens: Undocumented Parents and Their Young Children (2011, Russell Sage, sole authored). He has served on the Board on Children, Youth and Families of the National Academy of Sciences, the Early Childhood Advisory Committee of the Inter-American Development Bank, and the DHHS Advisory Committee on Head Start Research and Evaluation for the Clinton and Obama Administrations. In 2011 he was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate as a member of the National Board for Education Sciences. He holds a B.A. in English literature from Yale University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology, both from New York University.