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Migration & Refugee Studies

ImmigrationDecades ago, Hannah Arendt made the critical observation that in a world divided into discrete nation-states, people find their very humanity and worth inherently connected to modern forms of citizenship and belonging. Those who move across nation-state borders, whether for economic, environmental, or political reasons – or most commonly a combination of these – contend with a range of challenges related to their status as (im)migrants. These challenges include everything from discrimination within societies of settlement to problems presented by states’ requirements for bureaucratic and legal fixity in a global political-economy characterized by both fluidity and inequality in the distribution of resources and labor.

The topic of Migration and Refugee Studies therefore necessitates a wide range of disciplinary approaches, questions, and research methods. From historical and demographic treatments of the changing patterns of movement across space, to quantitative analyses and ethnographic studies that address the causes and consequences of migration in a multitude of ways, the concept of “social justice” creates a common theme around which to focus a topic of enormous breadth and complexity. Specifically, researchers are attuned to the ways that migration sets up conditions under which human dignity and belonging may be called into question, challenged, and also remade, through the movement of people within and across the global system.

Representative Publications

  • Ansley, Fran. 2009.  Global Connections and Local Receptions: Latino Immigration to the Southeastern United States, Fran Ansley and Jon Shefner, eds., Knoxville:University of Tennessee Press.
  • Ansley, Fran. 2008.  Doing Policy from Below: Worker Solidarity and the Prospects for Immigration Reform,” Cornell Journal of International Law 41:  101.
  • Bohon, Stephanie A, Katherine Stamps, and Jorge H. Atiles. 2008.  “Transportation and Migrant Adjustment in Georgia.”  Population Research and Policy Review 27(3):  273-291.
  • Bohon, Stephanie A., Laura Gerard Massengale, and Audrey Jordan.   2009.  “Mexican Self-Employment in Old and New Latino Places.”  In Fran Ansley and Jon Shefner (eds.) Global Connections,  Local Receptions:  Latino Migration to the Southeastern United States.   Knoxville:  University of Tennessee Press.
  • Bui, Hoan. N. 2013. Racial and Ethnic Differences in the Immigrant Paradox in Substance Use. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 15(5):866-81.
  • Bui, Hoan N. 2011. Segmented Assimilation: Racial Differences in the Relationship between Immigration status and Delinquency. In C. Garcia Coll & A. Marks (Eds.), Is Becoming an American a Developmental Risk? (pp. 135-158). American Psychological Association.
  • Bui, Hoan N. 2009. Immigration and Crime. In M. Miller (Ed.), 21th Century Criminology: A Reference Handbook (pp. 173-181). Thousand Oaks (CA): Sage Publications
  • Button, Gregory.  2009.  Disasters and Development- Induced Displacement: The Case of Hurricane Katrina”. In, Development and Disasters, Anthony Oliver-Smith, ed. Santa Fe, New Mexico: School for American Research.
  • Button, Gregory & Anthony Oliver-Smith, 2008.  “Disaster, Displacement and Employment: Distortion of Labor Markets During Post-Katrina Reconstruction,” in Capitalizing on Catastrophe: Neoliberal Strategies in Disaster Reconstruction, Pp. 123-147.  Edited by Gunewardena & Schuller, AltaMira Press.
  • Button, Gregory.  2006.  “Voices from the Astrodome and Beyond: Evacuee Counter-Narratives” in Learning From Catastrophe, Boulder Colorado:  Edited by the Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado.
  • Conley, Meghan E. 2012 “Nativism is Big Business.” Z Magazine 25(33).
  • Conley, Meghan E. and Stephanie A. Bohon. 2010. “The Spectrum’s Other End: Solidarity and Distrust in a New Latino Destination.” Journal of Latino-Latin American Studies (JOLLAS) 3(4): 13-30.
  • Oliver-Smith, Anthony and Gregory Button.  2005. “Forced Migration as an Index of Vulnerability in Hurricane Katrina” For the 6th Open Meeting of the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Research Meeting-Expert Working Group on Vulnerability, October 11-14, 2005, UNU-Bonn, Germany. Monograph.
  • Hepner, Tricia Redeker. 2009. Soldiers, Martyrs, Traitors and Exiles: Political Conflict in Eritrea and the Diaspora. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
  • Hepner, Tricia Redeker. 2009. “Seeking Asylum in a Transnational Social Field: New Refugees and Struggles for Autonomy and Human Rights,” In David O’Kane and Tricia Redeker Hepner, eds. Biopolitics, Militarism and Development: Eritrea in the Twenty-first Century. New York: Berghahn Books. Pp. 115-133.
  • McKanders, Karla. (Forthcoming). Immigration Enforcement and the Fugitive Slave Acts: Exploring their Similarities, Cath.L.Rev.
  • McKanders, Karla. The Constitutionality of State and Local Laws Targeting Immigrants, 31.4 U.Ark. Little Rock L.J. 539 (2009)
  • McKanders, Karla. Welcome to Hazleton! (“Illegal” Immigrants Beware): Local Employment Immigration Ordinances and What the Federal Government Must Do About It 39 Loy.U.Chi.L.J. 1 (Fall 2007)
  • van Riemsdijk, Micheline. In press.“Variegated privileges of whiteness: Lived experiences of Polish nurses in Norway.” Social and Cultural Geography.

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