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 across borders and how individuals and organizations respond to these forms of regulation.
Currently, I am developing a study of different countries’ policies for retaining foreign-born science “talent.” How did these policies come about? Why do different countries have different approaches, and how do these differences connect to larger historical developments in immigration, higher education, and research and innovation policy? What effect (if any) do these policies have on the career and life trajectories of the skilled science workers that they target? This project uses a mix of qualitative approaches and draws on my training in migration studies and political sociology.
I have a strong track record in writing competitive grant proposals for research funding. My current project 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.