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Thursday, April 03, 2014

Solidarity Center Request for Proposals: Research Papers on Migration and Development from a Workers Rights Perspective

Solidarity Center Request for Proposals: 
Research Papers on Migration and Development from a Workers Rights Perspective 

About the Solidarity Center: The Solidarity Center is a non-profit organization that works with unions, 
NGOs, labor support organizations and community groups worldwide to advance worker rights and 
achieve equitable and sustainable economic development. In nearly 60 countries, the Solidarity Center 
supports programs that help workers organize and build independent trade unions, exercise their human 
and workers’ rights, access justice, and improve their working and living conditions. 

Background: As part of a five-year USAID-supported Global Labor Program, the Solidarity Center is 
coordinating and supporting research on a variety of worker rights issues. The project described here is 
for the fourth year (2014) and may lead to an expanded relationship in year five, including participation in 
a global conference on labor migration. 

This research being commissioned by the Solidarity Center will focus on labor migration and 
development from a workers’ rights perspective. In the first three years of the grant, the project 
supported research related to organizing migrant workers, and an overview of the international migration 
and development discourse as it relates to workers’ rights. (See for example, 

 Academic Requirements: Proposals will only be accepted from individuals with a minimum of five-years 
of experience in conducting research and either holding a graduate degree or graduate student under the 
supervision of a professor. Proposals with links to a university or academic institution will be given 
Timeline: Proposals must be received by April 30, 2014. The final research paper will be due no later 
than December 15, 2014
Budget: The funding available is US$10,000 for the research and finalized, copy-edited research paper. 
Format of Proposals: Proposals should be no more than two pages and briefly describe the goal of 
research, an overview of the methodology, background on the researcher(s), and a budget. The proposal 
should also clearly elaborate the way in which a gender analysis will be integrated in the research and 
conclusions, as well as how it will be addressed in the methodology. 
Please send proposals and address questions to Neha Misra, Senior Specialist, Migration and 
Human Trafficking, Solidarity Center ( 


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

“Multi-Tiered Membership: Citizenship, Member and the Political Socialization of the Mexican Immigrant Family”

Center for Latino Policy Research
“Multi-Tiered Membership: Citizenship, Member and the Political Socialization of the Mexican Immigrant Family”
The Center for Latino Policy Research would like to invite you to our fourth speaker event in our Fall series, Assistant Professor Marcela Garcia Castañon from the Department of Political Science at San Francisco State University.
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013

Shorb House, 2547 Channing Way
*Food will be served

This project looks at the process through which Mexican immigrants utilize their families to understand their new political environments. The project specifically explores the ways in which immigrants acquire structural and factual information about political concepts, discussions about politics, and political activities. The three functions of the family are then linked to the overall development of the immigrant's informal and formal membership in a new nation though the concept of multi-tiered membership. Utilizing qualitative interviews and a national quantitative survey of Mexican households, the project explores how differences in these three functions of the family have varying effects on subsequent political membership development.


Aging Across Borders: A Transnational Look at Just Social Policies of Care

January 31 - February 1, 2014 University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Deadline: November 18, 2013

In a completely interconnected and globalized world, the aging of both populations and the generations who care for the aging continue to represent an ongoing challenge for scholars and policy practitioners alike.  The Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration invites proposals for presentations from advanced graduate students around the world to consider the political, ethical, and policy challenges of current social policies that concern elderly care from the perspective of either those who are aging or those who work to care for the aging.  We encourage comparative cross-national work, identification of gaps in policy, and best practices analyses that are either quantitative, qualitative, or use multiple methods.

Invited Symposium Speakers Include:
  • Olena Hankivsky, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada 
  • Susan McDaniel, University of Lethbridge, Alberta,Canada 
  • Rhacel Parrenas, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, United States 
  • Cornelia Schweppe, Johannes Guttenburg University, Mainz, Germany 
  • William Vega, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, United States
Topics may include but are not limited to:
  • When elders are cared for by aging workers
  • Intersectional (e.g. gender, ethnicity, class, and national/immigrant status) analyses of social policies of care
  • Social policy needs for elder care workers
  • Future Needs for Transnational Migration to Aging Societies
How to submit a proposal:
  • Proposals must be submitted to by November 18, 2013 at 5pm Pacific Time, to be considered.
  • Please submit a curriculum vita (including your name, current institution, and prior work and research experience) and description of your research in no more than 500 words as either Microsoft Word or PDF documents as email attachments.
  • Explain how your research project informs policy at the local, national, cross-national or global level
  • Demonstrate how your topic aligns with the symposium topics
  • Describe how you will deliver information and why yours will be dynamic, high quality, and engaging session
  • List any co-presenters along with their contact information
Up to seven graduate students from outside the United States who are selected to participate will receive full funding to participate in the symposium.  All other participants will receive housing and meals.

For questions about the symposium, please contact Monica Valencia at:


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Monday, August 26, 2013

International Seminar On Multiple Citizenship And Migration

International Seminar On Multiple Citizenship And Migration
October 28-29,  2013 
CIESAS Research Center,
Guadalajara, Mexico.  
This international seminar gathers experts in the field of multiple citizenship and migration, especially Latin Americans in the World. It aims to establish a debate about the innovative practices generated by this collective of multiple citizens, and their implications for public policy.  *Speakers:  Antonio Izquierdo, University of La Coruña, Spain; David Cook-Martin, Grinnell College, Iowa, United States; Leticia Calderón Chelius, Instituto Mora, Mexico; Ernesto Rodríguez Chávez, ITAM , Mexico; Salvador Berumen Sandoval, Ministry of Interior, Mexico; Pablo Mateos, CIESAS / University College London, Mexico / UK; Agustín Escobar, CIESAS, Mexico; Jorge Durand, University of Guadalajara -CIDE, Mexico; Yossi Harpaz, Princeton University, United States. 
For more information, visit:


“Enrique’s Journey.”

Thursday, August 29, 4 PM 
370 Dwinnelle Hall
“Enrique’s Journey. 
Sonia Nazario.  Mexican and Central American migrants, once predominately men, are now mostly women and children. Nazario will discuss the three months she spent atop freight trains traveling through Mexico to chronicle the story of one young migrant, Enrique, and how her experiences changed her views on immigration.Sonia Nazario is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Enrique’s Journey and has been named among the most influential Latinos in the U.S.


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Institute of Governmental Studies’ (IGS) Colloquium on Race, Ethnicity and Immigration’s (REI)

The Institute of Governmental Studies’ (IGS)
Colloquium on Race, Ethnicity and Immigration’s (REI) 

2013-14 Schedule of Speakers.
Presentations will be on Fridays, 12:30pm to 2pm, in the Harris Room, 119 Moses Hall (on the dates specified below).
Lunch will be provided.  Please join us!

FALL 2013

*September 13, 2013
Amon Emeka
Department of Sociology
University of Southern California
Title: “African Immigrants in U.S. Labor markets:  Black experience or Immigrant experience?”

*October 4, 2013
Megan Francis
Department of Political Science
Pepperdine University
Topic: Civil Rights and American Political Development

*October 18, 2013
Tasha Philpot
Department of Government
Center for African and African American Studies; Center for Women's and Gender Studies
University of Texas, Austin
Topic: Political Psychology; Public Opinion; African American Political Behavior

*November 15, 2013
Steven Raphael
Goldman School of Public Policy
University of California, Berkeley
Topic: Racial Inequality; Criminal Justice; Labor Economics


*January 24, 2014
Gabriel Sanchez
Department of Political Science
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy
University of New Mexico
Topic: Latino Political Behavior

*February 21, 2014

*March 7, 2014
Lafleur Stephens
Robert Woods Johnson Fellow, UC Berkeley
Department of Political Science
Princeton University
Topic: Race, Campaigns, and Public Opinion

 *April 11, 2014
Corey Fields
Department of Sociology
Stanford University
Topic: Race, Culture, and Identity; African American Republicans


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

he Promise and Pitfalls of Comparative Research Design in the Study of Migration.

Bloemraad, Irene.  2013.  The Promise and Pitfalls of Comparative Research Design in the Study of Migration. Migration Studies 1(1): 1-20.  Available at:


Thursday, August 01, 2013

The Immigrant Brain Drain: How America Is Losing Its High-Tech Talent

The Immigrant Brain Drain: How America Is Losing Its High-Tech Talent
Foreign workers in this country take up too many American jobs and keep domestic wages for high-tech low? Vivek Wadhwa doesn't think so. Responding to Wednesday's post, Wadhwa sees this competition as a necessary and healthy way to keep America innovative.


Friday, July 19, 2013

Sociology of Race and Ethnicity Approved as Newest ASA Section Journal

Sociology of Race and Ethnicity Approved as Newest ASA Section Journal

At its January 2013 meeting, ASA Council approved a recommendation from the Committee on Publications for a new quarterly journal on Sociology of Race and Ethnicity from ASA Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities (SREM).

The new journal is the fourth official section journal approved by ASA. The first, City & Community, was first published by the ASA Community and Urban Sociology Section in 2002. Journal of World-Systems Research, an online-only open access journal, has been sponsored by the ASA Political Economy of the World-Systems Section since 2009. Society and Mental Health was first published in 2011 by the ASA Sociology of Mental Health Section.

David L. Brunsma (Virginia Tech) and David G. Embrick (Loyola University-Chicago) will serve as inaugural co-editors for Sociology of Race and Ethnicity. The first issue will be published in January 2015 in partnership with SAGE. The journal will provide a much-needed outlet for sociological research on race and ethnicity, and will seek to provide new linkages between sociology and other disciplines where race and ethnicity are central components.

Beginning in 2015, membership in the Racial and Ethnic Minorities Section of ASA will include a subscription to Sociology of Race and Ethnicity.


The Center for Migration Studies is pleased to announce the release of the Journal on Migration and Human Security (JMHS),

The Center for Migration Studies is pleased to announce the release of the Journal on Migration and Human Security (JMHS), an online, peer-reviewed public policy publication. JMHS addresses timely migration-related issues, scholarship and analysis that receive insufficient attention in US and international policy debates. The journal draws upon the knowledge, expertise and perspectives of scholars, public officials, faith communities, community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, corporate leaders and others.

The journal’s theme of “human security” is meant to evoke the widely shared goals of creating secure and sustaining conditions in migrant sending communities; promoting safe, legal migration options; and developing immigration and integration policies that benefit sending and receiving communities and allow newcomers to lead productive, secure lives. Papers are published online on a monthly basis at and annually in hard copy format. 

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