a project of the UC Berkeley Department of Sociology
with support from the UC Berkeley Institute for Research on Labor and Employment


The workshop schedule for the Fall 2015 semester follows below. All interdisciplinary workshop meetings take place in Barrows 420 from 12:00 - 1:30pm, unless otherwise specified.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Presenter 1: Louise Ly
Discussant 1: Rene Flores
Title: Racialized Intimacy: Race, Ethnicity, and Gender within Asian American and White American Interracial Marital Relationships


Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Presenter 1: Jonas Toubel
Discussant 1: Anita Manatschal
Title: Civil Disobedience in the Danish Refugee Rights Movement

Presenter 2: Dani Carrillo
Discussant 2: Stephen Suh
Title: The Intersection of Place and Space: Legal and Economic Security Among Low-income Immigrants


Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Presenter 1: Anita Manatschal
Discussant 1: Robin Savinar
Title: Direct democracy, xenophobia and immigrants' civic engagement in Switzerland and the United States

Presenter 2: Andy Chang
Discussant 2: Louise Ly
Title: The Gender Politics of International Migration


Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Presenter 1: Robin Savinar
Discussant 1: Esther Cho
Title: Draft of a survey that is part of my dissertation about the occupational experiences of skilled migrant labor in Silicon Valley

Presenter 2: Isabel Garcia
Discussant 3: Dani Carrillo
Title: Hope for Change: DAPA and Immigrant Family Relationships (Working title)


Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Presenter 1: Boroka Bo
Discussant 1: Magali Alloatti
Title: Realities and Priorities: A Situation Analysis with Area Based Socioeconomic and Demographic Measures of the Hungarian Roma Refugees in Toronto

Presenter 2: Magali Alloatti
Discussant 2: Robin Savinar
Title: Cultural configuration processes of Brazilian identities: Disputes, negotiations and discourses among Brazilian cultural workers in Los Angeles


Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Presenter 1: Leila Juzam Pucheu
Discussant 1: Andy Chang
Title: Crossing borders, re-signifying roles: Peruvian domestic worker women in Chile

Presenter 2: Stephen Suh
Discussant 2: Isabel Garcia
Title: Assimilation and its Discontents: US-raised Korean returnees and their implications on US race relations theories


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  About the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Immigration Workshop

In September 2003, Professor Irene Bloemraad (Sociology) established the Interdisciplinary Immigration Workshop with funding from the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. While the Berkeley campus housed numerous individuals with an expertise on immigration and a few area centers with an interest in migrants from a specific region, there was no single forum to bring together scholars of migration and immigrant integration. The Workshop was founded to provide such a venue and to serve as a forum for intense, personalized discussion of members' current research project.

The goals of the workshop are three-fold:
  • To provide an interdisciplinary forum for workshop members to get feedback on their immigration-related research projects;
  • To serve as a venue for information dissemination among members; and
  • To provide a forum for inviting guest speakers to talk about immigration matters to the Berkeley campus and interested community members.

Download the Interdisciplinary Immigration Workshop's 2009-2010 Annual Report.

About this Web Site

The Workshop's Web site is designed to provide researchers, instructors and interested citizens with substantive content pertaining to immigration issues.  It also supports Workshop activities via a virtual private network for resource sharing and communication.  It is a gateway to other Web resources, with links to Think Tanks, statistics sources, archives, policy and legal sources, and a Webblog that tracks immigration issues in the news. The Web site is supported by the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library. To contact the webmaster, please email .

Interdisciplinary Immigration Workshop
UC Berkeley Department of Sociology Institute for Research on Labor and Employment