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

September 5, 2014
Presenter 1: Mayra Feddersen
Discussant 1: Sun Kim
Title: A Cultural Understanding of Incorporation

September 19, 2014
Presenter 1: Dani Carrillo
Discussant 1: Nihad El-Kayad
Title: Serving Low-Income Immigrants: A Suburban/Urban Comparison

Presenter 2: Brendan Shanahan
Discussant 2: Giulia Fabini
Title: Creating the Modern Citizen: Immigrants and the Evolving Rights of American Citizenship, 1882-1971

October 10, 2014
Presenter 1: Christian Phillips
Discussant 1: Esther Cho
Title: Double binds and triple threats: Race, Gender and Immigration in American Politics

Presenter 2: Casey Homan
Discussant 2: Sara Pavan
Title: Religious switching among immigrants to the United States

October 24, 2014
Presenter 1: Ali Chaudhary
Discussant 1: Dani Carrillo
Title: Stigma, Coercive Isomorphism and the Pakistani Non-Profit Sector in London, Toronto and New York City

Presenter 2: Giulia Fabini
Discussant 2: Yasemin Akis (Vasanthi Venkatesh)
Title: The factory of enemies. Police, judges, and undocumented immigrants in Italy

November 7, 2014
Presenter 1: Nihad El-Kayed
Discussant 1: Christian Phillips
Title: Diverging Infrastructures – The Importance of Space for Political Participation of Turkish Immigrants in Berlin

Presenter 2: Robin Savinar
Discussant 2:
Title: NSF DDRI Proposal - Skill Migrants

November 21, 2014
Presenter 1: Sun Kim
Discussant 1: Brendan Shanahan

Presenter 2: Vasanthi Venkatesh
Discussant 2: Robin Savinar
Title: NSF Proposal- Legal mobilization by temporary foreign workers

December 12, 2014
2nd Annual Berkeley-Stanford Immigration Conference


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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