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The workshop schedule for the Spring 2014 semester follows below. All interdisciplinary workshop meetings take place in Barrows 420 from 12:00 - 1:30pm, unless otherwise specified.

January 31, 2014
Stanford-Berkeley Conference practice presentations

February 14, 2014
Presenter 1: Jason Scott
Discussant 1: Christian Phillips
Title: The Effect of Perceived Discrimination on the Racial/Ethnic Identities of the Children of Black West Indian Immigrants in South Florida

Presenter 2: Judy Schafer
Discussant 2: Vasanthi Venkatesh
Title: Reclaiming Knowledge: A Socio-Cultural Examination of Migration in Rural Guatemala

February 28, 2014
Presenter 1: Lindsay Bayham
Discussant 1: Robin Savinar
Title: 'Travel and See': Status, Communication, and Distrust in Ghanaian Migrant Networks

Presenter 2: Heidy Sarabia
Discussant 2: Dani Carrillo
Title: Normalization of Border/Violence

March 14, 2014
Presenter 1: Fuminori Minamikawa
Discussant 1: Christian Phillips
Title: Interracial Civic Engagement: Citizenship, Civil Rights, and Transnationalism in Japanese American Community during the 1950s

Presenter 2: Irene Bloemraad
Title: Professionalization

April 18, 2014
Presenter 1: Pauline Whitemuessen
Discussant 1: Paulette Cha
Title: The Problem with Looking for the Ideal: Bias in Human Trafficking Victim Identification

Presenter 2: Rachel Siemons
Discussant 2: Esther Cho
Title: Coming of Age on the Margins: DACA Status & Mental Health among Young Latino Immigrants

May 2, 2014
Presenter 1: Mayra Feddersen
Discussant 1: Brendan Shanahan
Title: Understanding the meaning of citizenship among immigrants in Chile

Presenter 2: Vasanthi Venkatesh
Discussant 2: Ali Chaudhary
Title: Labor rights of guest workers and legal mobilization


Past Workshops

  About the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Immigration Workshop

In September 2003, Professor Irene Bloemraad (Sociology) established the Interdisciplinary Immigration Workshop with funding from the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. While the Berkeley campus housed numerous individuals with an expertise on immigration and a few area centers with an interest in migrants from a specific region, there was no single forum to bring together scholars of migration and immigrant integration. The Workshop was founded to provide such a venue and to serve as a forum for intense, personalized discussion of members' current research project.

The goals of the workshop are three-fold:
  • To provide an interdisciplinary forum for workshop members to get feedback on their immigration-related research projects;
  • To serve as a venue for information dissemination among members; and
  • To provide a forum for inviting guest speakers to talk about immigration matters to the Berkeley campus and interested community members.

Download the Interdisciplinary Immigration Workshop's 2009-2010 Annual Report.

About this Web Site

The Workshop's Web site is designed to provide researchers, instructors and interested citizens with substantive content pertaining to immigration issues.  It also supports Workshop activities via a virtual private network for resource sharing and communication.  It is a gateway to other Web resources, with links to Think Tanks, statistics sources, archives, policy and legal sources, and a Webblog that tracks immigration issues in the news. The Web site is supported by the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library. To contact the webmaster, please email .

Interdisciplinary Immigration Workshop
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