I am a social scientist interested in the effect of international migration policies on individuals, communities, and industries. My work examines how countries regulate the flow of people and ideas across borders and how individuals and organizations respond to these forms of regulation.
Currently, I am developing a study of how immigration policy in the United States and Australia affects engineers and other highly skilled migrant workers in the technology sector. My research will focus on migrants from China, as they are among the most numerous highly skilled migrants in the two countries of interest. This project draws on my expertise in immigration and emigration policy and comparative social science research, as well as my advanced proficiency in Mandarin Chinese.
I have a strong track record in writing competitive grant proposals for research funding. My current project on immigration and the technology industry is supported by the National Science Foundation’s prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship Program for promising doctoral students in the sciences. I have also received funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Social Science Research Council through the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program.
I am particularly successful at communicating complex academic ideas to general audiences. My writing on immigration and race and ethnicity has appeared on Sociological Images and National Public Radio’s Code Switch blog, among others. I have also been interviewed on these topics for news stories in the Los Angeles Times, San Jose Mercury News and other media outlets.