Past Events

Making Invisible Carceral Spaces Visible: Immigration, Detention, and Activism inside the El Centro INS Service Processing Center

Jessica Ordaz, Ph.D. Candidate, History
Friday, February 27, 2015
2203 SS&H (Andres Conference Room)

Jessica Ordaz is specializing in Chicana/o history, immigration, and the carceral system. Her work seeks to historicize immigrant detention centers in the United States post-1952. She investigates how undocumented and incarcerated immigrants make claims on the state.

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Foreign Inventors in the US: Testing for Diaspora and Brain Gain Effects

Francesco Lissoni
Monday, March 2, 2015
2203 SS&H (Andrews Conference Room)

Francesco Lissoni, professor of Economics at GREThA was granted the Chaire d'Accueil of the Regional Council of Aquitaine for resesarch in Economics of Innovation.  His research interests primarily focuses on knowledge creation and diffusion.  Lissoni's research field also includes geography of knowledge spillovers and the economics of academic science.  Some of his current projects include studies on migration and innovation and academic patenting in europe.

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The ILO and Migrant Workers
Challenges and Opportunities

Monday, February 9, 2015
Room 2306 at King Hall from 12-1:30pm

Michelle Leighton, a UCD graduate, will discuss the ILO’s growing interest in improving the international labor migration system by advocating for a Fair Migration Agenda. She will discuss ILO activities and projects that t protect the rights of migrant workers and the opportunities for students in the UN generally and the ILO in particular.

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The Frontiers of Immigration International Conference

Thursday, January 22 - Friday, January 23, 2015
UC Davis ARC Ballroom

Immigration has a deep impact on the economy, society and culture in the US and in the World. This conference brings together top world scholars who have analyzed the economic, demographic, political and social consequences of migrations. Their research will provide the facts and in-depth understanding that is much needed to inform immigration policies. A group of policy advisors and experts will then provide their perspective on the present and future of immigration reforms in the US.

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The Effects of Immigration on Household Services, Labor Supply, and Fertility

Agnese Romiti, Institute for Employment Research

Thursday, November 20, 2014
1131 SS&H (Gold Conference Room)

Agnese Romiti is a Researcher at IAB, the Institute for Employment Research in Nuremberg. She holds a Ph.D. in Empirical Economics from Tor Vergata University in Rome. Her fields of interest are Labor Economics, Migration, and Applied Microeconometrics.

Please RSVP by Monday, November 17th.

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The Impact of International Graduate Students on US Graduate Education

Kevin Shih, UC Davis Economics

Thursday, November 6, 2014
2203 SS&H (Andrews Conference Room)

Kevin is a PhD Candidate at the Economics Department at UC Davis and currently studying the impact of immigration on labor markets, education, and other sectors of the US economy. He is a native of Queens, NY and received his B.A. from Claremont McKenna College.

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STEM, Immigration, and Controversy? Does the US have enough STEM Workers?

Michael Teitelbaum, Harvard Law School

Thursday, October 9, 2014
1001 King Hall

Michael Teitelbaum, author of Falling Behind? Boom, Bust, and the Global Race for Scientific Talent (Princeton, 2014), will discuss the demand for and supply of STEM workers has been shaped and reshaped by public policies since World War II. Teitelbaum is a demographer with long-standing interests in S&E issues as a vice-president of the Sloan Foundation. He served on several immigration commissions, including as vice-chair of the US Commission on Immigration Reform (Jordan Commission).

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Immigrant Access to Bar Admission Conference: Then and Now

Friday, September 26, 2014
9:00 a.m. - Noon | King Hall, Rm. 1001

In 1890, New York lawyer Hong Yen Chang was denied the opportunity to practice law in California because of state laws that barred Chinese immigrants from most careers and opportunities.  In 2014, the California Supreme Court granted Sergio Garcia, an undocumented Latino law graduate, the right to seek a license to practice law.  The parallels between the immigrant experience at the turn of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries provide lessons for us as we explore the barriers to access to justice for low-income communities, minorities, women and immigrants.  This conference brings together scholars, practitioners, and those personally affected by laws that limit professional licenses based on race, national origin, gender or immigrant status.

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Pioneering Chinese Law Students in American Law Schools

Chen Li, Washington University in St. Louis

Thursday, September 25, 2014
1002 King Hall

Chen Li is a Lee Foundation Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis and Global Associate at National University of Singapore. His current main research interest is in Chinese legal history with a concentration upon early Chinese students' legal education in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland. He is currently working on a project to chronicle the story of these early law students' experiences and academic performance in various law schools and programs, and their subsequent impact on reshaping the Chinese Diplomatic Service and creating modern legal education in China in the late 19th and early 20th century.  In this talk, Chen Li will discuss early Chinese students' varied experiences in American law schools, and the Chinese Exclusion Act's pernicious effect on denying early Chinese law graduates to gain admission to the bar in the U.S.


Film Screening and Discussion: The Tinaja Trail

Bryce Clayton J.D., 2010, UC Davis School of Law

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
1001 King Hall

Bryce Clayton Newell will present his new documentary film, The Tinaja Trail (2014), about humanitarian and artistic responses to migrant deaths alont the U.S.-Mexico border.  He will talk about the film and his on-going research with migrants and aid workers investigating how migrants access information about border crossin, how the use of technology plays a role in irregular cross border migration to the U.S, and how migrants perceive and have experienced U.S government surveillance in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands.

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Mass Deportation and Global Capitalism in the 21st Century

Tanya Golash-Boza, Sociology, UC Merced

Thursday, September 18, 2014
1301 King Hall

Tanya Golash-boza is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Merced.  She has published over a dozen articles, and has won awards for her research and public service.  Professor Golash-Boza will discus how global capitalism works to facilitate mass deporation.

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Caged Birds: The Rebirth of Mexican Imprisonment in the United States

Kelly Lytle Hernandez, History, UCLA

Thursday, September 11, 2014
1301 King Hall

Kelly Lytle Hernandez is an associate professor in the UCLA Department of History and director of the UCLA Department of History's Public History Initiative.  Her research interests are in twentieth-century U.S. History with a concentration upon race, migration, and West and U.S.-Mexico borderlands. Professor Lytle Hernandez will discuss the criminalization. 

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The Effects of Foreign Skilled Workers on Natives: Evidence from the H-1B Visa Lottery

Chad Sparber, Associate Professor of Economics, Colgate University

Thursday, June 26
1131 SS&H (Gold Conference Room)

Chad Sparber earned his BA in economics at Western Washington University in 2000 and his PhD at the University of California – Davis in 2006. He has been a professor at Colgate University since 2006, and an external research fellow at the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration at University College London since 2009. Chad’s current research examines the economic causes and consequences of immigration. 

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Riding the Rails: The Arab Argentine Network in the Early 20th Century 

Lily Balloffet, History, UC Davis

Friday, May 16, 2014
1113 SS&H (Blue Conference Room)

Lily Balloffet is a doctoral student in the UC Davis History Department.  She studies Latin America and the Middle East, and is currently writing her dissertation about Arabic-speaking immigrant communities in Argentina in the first half of the twentieth century.  Her project uses the history of these communities to highlight ongoing cultural, intellectual, political and artistic collaboration and exchange between South America and the Arab world.

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Capitalizing Humans: Mobility, Creativity, and the Knowledge Management Paradox

Professor David Kyle, Sociology, UC Davis

Thursday, May 15, 2014
1131 SS&H (Gold Conference Room)

Professor David Kyle received his degree in Sociology from Johns Hopkins University. His research focuses on the effects of temporary migration on local communities. He and his graduate students analyze indigenous communities in the forested mountains north of Oaxaca City a region with historical migrations to California. For more information, please click here

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Diane Charlton

The End of Farm Labor Abundance

Thursday, May 8, 2014
1131 SS&H (Gold Conference Room)

Professor J Ed. Taylor, UC Davis Agricultural and Resource Economics

J. Edward Taylor is Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ARE) and Director of the Center on Rural Economies of the Americas and Pacific Rim (REAP) at the University of California, Davis, where he teaches courses on international development economics and econometric methods. Taylor has written extensively on the economy-wide impacts of agricultural and development policies and on immigration. In recent years his research has been featured in The EconomistNew York TimesWall Street JournalThe AtlanticLos Angeles Times, National Public Radio, and the Washington Post

Diane Charlton, UC Davis Agricultural and Resource Economics

Diane Charlton is a PhD candidate in Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis. Her areas of focus are rural development and labor. She is currently researching trends in the farm labor supply from rural Mexico and the impacts of education on labor sector choice.

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Towards a Theory of Racialized Incorporation: How Race and Generational-Status Shape the Social Organization of Self-Employment in the United States

Thursday, May 1 
1291 SS&H (The Boardroom) 
Ali Chaudhary, Sociology, UC Davis

Ali R. Chaudhary is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at UC Davis. His research interests lie at the intersection of international migration, race-ethnic studies, political & economic sociology and organization studies. His current research consists of four projects related to the incorporation of immigrants and ethno-racial minorities. His research on self-employment will be published later this year in the International Migration Review. He was previously a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford's International Migration Institute and is currently working on a project examining the effects of citizenship on labor market outcomes across several industry-sectors funded by the Cluster. Ali has also been recently awarded a UC Davis Office of Graduate Studies' Dissertation-Year Fellowship for the 2014-15 academic year.

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Technological Flows, Migrant Networks and Trade

William Kerr, Associate Professor, Harvard Business School

Thursday, November 7, 2013
3:40 - 5:00pm
2203 SS&H (Andrews Conference Room)

William Kerr is an Associate Professor at Harvard Business School. Bill is a Research Fellow of the NBER and Bank of Finland, has received several awards for his research papers, and serves on the editorial boards of multiple academic journals. Bill’s research focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation. 

During this seminar, he discussed his paper "Heterogenous Technology Diffusion and Ricardian Trade Patterns."

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Labor, Water, and California Agriculture in 2014

Friday, April 18, 2014
8:45am - 4:30pm
1001 King Hall (Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom)

Over half of the workers employed on US crop farms have been unauthorized since the mid-1990s. Congress is considering two approaches to legalize the hired farm work force, legalization of unauthorized farm workers to be immigrants and new guest worker programs (Senate), and legalization to guest worker and new guest worker programs (House).

California is in its third consecutive year of drought, and both federal and state water projects announced zero allocations for water buyers south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin river delta. What is the impact of reduced water supplies on farmers, farm workers and communities, and what are the longer term implications of the water status quo?

We are grateful to the Gifford Center, Giannini Foundation, the Liquid Sugars Endowment, and the Temporary Migration Cluster for their support of this conference, as well as the UCD Agricultural Issues Center and the Immigration Law Association. 

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A Roundtable on the 1965 Immigration Act

Legislating a New America: The Immigration and Nationality Act Amendments of 1965 and its Contribution to American Law and Society

Friday, February 28, 2014
9am – 4:30pm
Room 2303, King Hall 

UC Davis School of Law and UC Davis Temporary Migration Cluster are hosting a conference to discuss the Book “Legislating a New America: The Immigration and Nationality Act Amendments of 1965 and Its Contribution to American Law and Society” (Forthcoming in Cambridge University Press 2015). This event was coordinated by Jack "Gabriel" Chin and Rose Cuison-Villazor (Law, UC Davis). 

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Native Flight from Immigrants in Established, New, and Developing Gateway

Matthew Hall, Assistant Professor, Cornell University

Thursday, March 6, 2014
1113 SS&H (Blue Conference Room)

Matthew Hall, Cornell University, is a demographer specializing in immigration, segregation, housing, and racial/ethnic inequality. His current research is directed at understanding immigrant incorporation in new destination areas, the role of undocumented status on immigrant economic and residential well-being, and the impact of the foreclosure crisis on patterns of neighborhood change. He teaches courses in statistics, immigration, and spatial analysis. Professor Hall received his Ph.D. in Sociology and Demography from Pennsylvania State University in 2010, and joined PAM after two years as faculty at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

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The Case Against Sheriff Joe Arpaio (Ortega Melendres v. Arpaio)

Nancy Ramirez, Western Regional Counsel, MALDEF

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
1001 King Hall (Main Court Room)

Nancy Ramirez is the Western Regional Counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and
Educational Fund (MALDEF), the nation’s leading Latino civil rights law firm. From 2005 to 2007,
Ms. Ramirez was the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ), a
nonprofit community law office in Boyle Heights that provides free legal services to indigent
residents of Los Angeles County. From 2001 to 2005 she was the LACLJ’s Managing Attorney for
the Consumer Unit representing victims of consumer fraud. She also represented victims of
domestic violence in their family law cases. Ms. Ramirez was the Director of Congresswoman
Loretta Sanchez’s Orange County and Washington D.C. offices from 1997 to 1999 and Director of
Outreach for California’s 2000 Census Campaign. In addition, she taught legal writing at the
University of Southern California Law School in 2003-2004. She is a 1990 graduate of Harvard Law
School and 1987 graduate of U.C. Berkeley. 

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Asian Migrants and the Transformation of Gulf Oil-exporting Countries

Manolo Abella, Senior Research Associate, Oxford University

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
6 Olson

Manolo Abella, COMPAS, Oxford University, is an economist, and formerly the Director of the International Migration Programme of the ILO in Geneva. He has been actively involved in international efforts to develop a multilateral framework for the management of labour migration and spent many years writing and rendering advice to governments on policies and best practices. He is currently helping COMPAS to develop short courses in Asia. These are particularly focussed on connecting academic research and labour migration policies and how this knowledge can best be organized for training of senior government officials. 

Open to public, as part of SOC 4 class by Ali Chaudhary. 

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Working on Migration in the UN System (seminar)
January 14
2127 SS&H (DeLoach Room)

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Stephanie Canizales

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program & "American Individualism and the Social Adaptation of Unauthorized Mayan Youth in LA"

Thursday, November 21, 2013
12:00 - 1:30pm
2203 SS&H (Andrews Conference Room)

Daniel Jacob Leraul, UC Davis Law

Daniel Jacob Leraul is currently undertaking a J.D. at UC Davis. He has a BA in Global Studies (2004) from UC Santa Barbara, an MA in International Relations (2010) from the Universidad de Chile and an MA in Immigration and Asylum (2012) from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. 

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Stephanie Canizales, Visiting Graduate Scholar, UC Davis Center for Poverty Research.

Stephanie Canizales was a visiting graduate student scholar at the uc davis center for poverty research. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Southern California in the Department of Sociology. Stephanie specializes in Central American migration, race/ethnicity, and the 1.5 and second generations. 

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Temporary Migration: An Overview of Research on Economic Determinant and Consequences

Giovanni Peri, Professor, UC Davis Economics

Thursday, October 31, 2013
12:00 - 1:00pm
2203 SS&H (Andrews Conference Room)

This seminar presents the research agenda of the group led by Giovanni Peri, developing the following four themes:

- The long-run Productivity effect of foreign Scientists and Engineer in US Cities
- The Effect of unskilled immigrants in European Labor markets
- The effects of foreign graduate students on US education
- The potential effects of less strict immigration restrictions on international flows of people

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The Global Market of Unskilled Labor: A Research Conference

Friday, October 25 - Saturday, October 26, 2013

Day 1: Student Community Center (8:30am - 5:00pm) 
Day 2: Alumni Center (9:00am - 2:45pm)

This conference aims to stimulate research and discussion on the formation, dynamics, and consequences of the participation of migrants in the emerging global informal economy; as well as the economic, political, and social implications that such participation presents for migrant receiving and sending societies. Presentations will address a variety of issues, including: global trends in migration and the informal economy, socioeconomic integration, and sectoral panels focused on migrants engaged in informal employment in the construction, agriculture, and service industries.

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Immigration Reform

Immigration Reform What's Next? Conference

Friday, October 11, 2013
8:30am – 6:30pm
UC Davis School of Law, Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom 

Recent changes in immigration laws and flows are reshaping immigration to this country. This conference summarizes the current status of immigration reform in the United States and the impact of these changes on our society, economy and political system. This conference is organized by the Immigration Law Association of UC Davis with the generous support of the Giannini Foundation, the Gifford Center, and the IFHA Temporary Migration project.

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Inaugural Interdisciplinary Frontiers in the Humanities & Arts Symposium

Monday, October 7, 2013
8:00am - 12:30pm
UC Davis Conference Center, Ballroom B

The Inaugural Interdisciplinary Frontiers in the Humanities & Arts (IFHA) program is an initiative designed to help catalyze a new era in research excellence across the humanities, social sciences, and creative and performing arts. IFHA funding facilitates the formation and enhancement of interdisciplinary teams to carry out collaborative research activities in areas of strategic importance to California, the nation, and the world. IFHA and sibling RISE are crucial components of the Interdisciplinary Frontiers Program in that they establish globally competitive, large-scale interdisciplinary research activity at UC Davis. Following a rigorous review process, seven IFHA clusters were selected based on their potential to craft transformative theories and approaches to the complex cultural, humanistic and social problems facing today’s individuals and societies. The IFHA awards total $3.6 million to be distributed over a three year period.

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