DPDF Student Fellowship Competition > DPDF Student Fellowship Competition 2014

Immigrants and their Homeland Connections: Transnationalism in Historical Perspective

Open only to doctoral students based at universities within the U.S.

Workshop dates:
Spring- June 4-8, 2014 in Berkeley, California
Fall- September 17-21, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia

Population movements across borders pull one society onto the territory of another state, leading "here" and "there" to converge. For migration researchers, "transnationalism" is the concept denoting this overlap between receiving and sending societies. While interest in the phenomenon has triggered an outpouring of scholarship across the social sciences, the transnational perspective has also generated great controversy. In particular, questions related to change over time have consistently been a source of dispute. While scholars first asserted that the homeland connections of contemporary international migrants were an unprecedented, late twentieth century phenomenon, most now agree that the earlier, turn-of-the 20th century migrations also generated cross-border connections. However, this conventional opposition between "now" and "then" overlooks the persistent nature of many migrations; it neglects the many flows triggered or continuing during the years in-between the two turn-of-the-century eras of globalization; it also takes for granted what needs to be explained: namely, periodization. This program has the goal of reframing the study of cross-border connections over time, directing attention to the longue duree, taking into account a broad set of migrations, and fostering efforts to understand both how and why cross-border connections appear when they do as well as the processes that weaken these ties and generate conflict in the cross-border dimension.

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Field Directors

Roger Waldinger
Distinguished Professor, University of California, Los Angeles, Sociology [ bio ]
Roger Waldinger is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research focuses on a wide range of topics in international migration, including immigrant entrepreneurship, immigration policy, assimilation, and the second generation. He has published several books on the subject, including How the Other Half Works: Immigration and the Social Organization of Labor (UCLA 2003) and Strangers at the Gates: New Immigrants in Urban America (UCLA 2001) and has just finished a book manuscript on the topic of this research field: The Cross-Border Connection: Immigrants, Emigrants, And Their Homelands. He has received numerous accolades, including the Distinguished Career Award in the International Migration Section from the American Sociological Association, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and funding from the Russell Sage Foundation, Ford Foundation, and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Waldinger received his PhD in Sociology from Harvard University.
Nancy L. Green
Directrice d'études (Professor), Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Centre de Recherches Historiques (Center for Historical Studies) [ bio ]
Nancy L. Green is Directrice d'etudes (Professor) at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, France. Her research interests include methods and practice in comparative history, comparative history of contemporary migration, and the social history of France and the United States in the nineteenth- and twentieth-centuries. She has authored and co-authored several books in English and French, including Citizenship and Those Who Leave (University of Illinois 2007). She has also been a visiting professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, Yale University, Northwestern University, University of California, Irvine, the Institute of French Studies at New York University, and Addis Abeba University. Green received her PhD from the University of Chicago and a Doctorat d'etat from the Universite de Paris-VII.


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