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Public dialogue to explore new scholarship on immigration

The James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference will host “Becoming American: New Scholarship on Immigration,” an interdisciplinary public dialogue that explores multiple facets of current U.S. immigration research, on Thursday, Sept. 28, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Oxford Road Building auditorium.

From understanding contemporary migration patterns in the U.S. and President Donald Trump’s recent action surrounding the DACA program to debate over how immigration can change political identities and voting behavior, the program is designed to be of interest to anyone seeking more information about the diversity and politicization of contemporary U.S. immigration.

The forum, which is free and open to the public, convenes a panel of five leading scholars representing a range of disciplines to discuss recent developments in research on immigration, including:

  • Alberto Davila, dean of the Robert C. Vackar College of Business and Entrepreneurship, University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley, author of “Hispanic Entrepreneurs in the 2000s”
  • Christina Greer, associate professor of political science, Fordham University, author of “Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration and the Pursuit of the American Dream”
  • Terry-Ann Jones, associate professor of sociology, Fairfield University, author of “Undocumented and in College: Students and Institutions in a Climate of National Hostility”
  • Sophia Jordán Wallace, associate professor of political science, University of Washington, Seattle, author of “United We Stand: Latino Representation in Congress” (forthcoming).
  • Min Zhou, professor of sociology and Asian American studies, Walter and Shirley Wang Endowed Chair in U.S.-China Relations and Communications, University of California, Los Angeles, author of “The Asian American Achievement Paradox.”

Those interested in attending are encouraged to register in advance here.

For more information, contact the James Weldon Johnson Institute at 404-727-2926 or at

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