Sociologists Available to Discuss Immigration Reform

Released: 1/28/2013 1:20 PM EST
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Newswise — WASHINGTON, DC, January 28, 2013 — The American Sociological Association (ASA) has sociologists available to discuss immigration reform. A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators will unveil an immigration reform package today and President Obama is expected to address immigration reform on Tuesday.

Stephanie Bohon is the Associate Head of the Sociology Department and Co-Director of the Center for the study of Social Justice at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. A member of the American Sociological Association’s governing council, her specialty areas include demography, immigration, Latino sociology, and urban sociology. Much of Bohon’s research focuses on Latino immigration to the United States and immigration policy. She is especially interested in Latino migrants in the south. Bohon co-authored a chapter, “The Myth of Millions: Socially Constructing ‘Illegal Immigration,’” in the 2010 book, Being Brown in Dixie: Race, Ethnicity, and Latino Immigration in the New South.

Roberto G. Gonzales is an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Irvine. Gonzales’ research focuses on the ways in which legal and educational institutions shape the everyday experiences of poor, minority, and immigrant youth along the life course and the important ways in which they respond. Over the last decade, he has been engaged in critical inquiry regarding what happens to undocumented immigrant children as they make the transitions to adolescence and young adulthood. His study, “Learning to Be Illegal: Undocumented Youth and Shifting Legal Contexts in the Transition to Adulthood,” appeared in the American Sociological Review in 2011.

Doug Massey is the Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University, with a joint appointment in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. The current president of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Massey’s research focuses on international migration, race and housing, discrimination, education, urban poverty, and stratification. He is the co-author of the 2010 book, Brokered Boundaries: Constructing Immigrant Identity in Anti-Immigrant Times.

Clara E. Rodríguez is a Professor of Sociology at Fordham University. Named one of Hispanic Business magazine’s 100 most influential Hispanics in the nation in 2007, much of her research involves racial/ethnic classifications, the media, and Latinos. Rodríguez is the author of numerous articles and books, including Changing Race: Latinos, the Census, and the History of Ethnicity in the United States, which was published in 2000.

Rubén G. Rumbaut is a Professor of Sociology at the University of California-Irvine. He is the author of more than 150 scientific papers on immigrants and refugees in the U.S., and co-author or co-editor of a dozen books, including Immigrant America: A Portrait and Legacies: The Story of the Immigrant Second Generation. Since 1991, he has directed (with Alejandro Portes) the landmark Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Study (CILS), which has followed the trajectories into early adulthood of thousands of youth representing dozens of different nationalities, primarily from Latin America and Asia.

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