Experts on Immigration GC Faculty

Media Contact:  Tanya Domi, 212-817-7283,
Graduate Center Faculty Experts on Immigration
Available for Media Interviews
Richard Alba, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, has devoted his career to studying the impact of assimilation on immigrant groups. He is especially interested in the challenges and opportunities associated with impending demographic transitions, in the U.S. and other wealthy societies, to much more ethno-racially diverse workforces. Alba is co-author of Remaking the American Mainstream:  Assimilation and Contemporary Immigration (Harvard University Press, 2003) and author of Blurring the Color Line:  The New Chance for a More Integrated America (Harvard University Press, 2009).
Nancy Foner, a Distinguished Professor of Sociology, is a specialist on immigration to the United States---focusing on comparisons between immigration in the past and present, immigration to New York (including how New York stands out as an immigrant city in the U.S.), and comparisons between immigration to Europe and the United States. Among the topics she has written about: immigration and race, gender and family, work, and transnational ties. She is author of two forthcoming books in 2013:  One Out of Three: Immigrant New York in the Twenty-First Century (Columbia University Press) and New York and Amsterdam: Immigration and the New Urban Landscape (NYU Press).
Philip Kasinitz, professor of sociology, is an urban sociologist whose research focuses on immigration and citizenship in North America and how these issues particularly relate to New York City. He is co-author of The Children of Immigrants Come of Age (Harvard University Press, 2008). Kasinitz is also co-editor of the forthcoming book The Urban Ethnography Reader (Oxford University Press, 2013).
John Mollenkopf, Distinguished Professor in Political Science, is an expert on the political implications of demographic change, with a special focus on how the rise of new immigrant ethnic groups is changing the political terrain in big cities like New York and Los Angeles. He has studied closely the political behavior of many different groups both at the local and national levels. He is also studying why new and old immigrant destinations react positively or negatively to growing immigrant communities for a book he is co-editing with Manuel Pastor: Struggling with Strangers or Receiving with Resilience? The Metropolitics of Immigrant Integration.
Robert C. Smith, professor of sociology, immigration studies and public affairs. His research and work seeks to increase our understanding of contemporary migration, and to identify strategic sites of intervention for policy. He has worked in the Mexican community in New York and in Mexico (especially the state of Puebla) for more than twenty years. He is author of the forthcoming Horatio Alger Lives in Brooklyn, But Check His Papers (University of California Press). He is also the author of Mexican New York: Transnational Worlds of New Immigrants (University of California Press, 2006), 
For an interview with these Graduate Center immigration experts, please contact Tanya Domi, Director of Media Relations, 212-817-7283,

Submitted on: JAN 29, 2013

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