Program Events

The Ph.D. Program in Sociology maintains a lively intellectual atmosphere, with frequent talks by speakers inside and outside the program, a variety of student-led working and discussion groups, and our annual Immigration Seminar Series.

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You can also see recordings of past events below.

Immigration Seminar Series

The Immigration Seminar Series invites scholars of migration, race, and ethnicity from various interdisciplinary backgrounds to present their ongoing research. The seminar takes place monthly and is open to the public. 

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Student Coordinators
Daeshin Hayden Ju
Dakota Ross-Cabrera 

Co-Organizers
Richard Ocejo, Associate Professor of Sociology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Program Director, MA in International Migration Studies
Van Tran, Associate Professor of Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center

Spring 2021

February 5, 2021
Holding Fast: Resilience and Civic Engagement Among Latino Immigrants

  • James McCann, Professor of Political Science, Purdue University
  • Michael Jones-Correa, President’s Distinguished Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania
  • Discussant: Sofya Aptekar, Associate Professor of Urban Studies, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies
  • Co-sponsor: PhD Program in Political Science, CUNY Graduate Center 

February 19, 2021
Hyper Education: Why Good Schools, Good Grades, and Good Behavior Are Not Enough

  • Pawan Dhingra, Professor of American Studies, Amherst College 
  • Co-sponsors: CUNY Asian American/Asian Research Institute, Hunter College Asian American Studies Program & AANAPISI Project

March 5, 2021
Citizenship Reimagined: A New Framework for State Rights in the United States

  • Allan Colbern, Assistant Professor in Political Science, Arizona State University
  • Karthick Ramakrishnan, Professor of Public Policy and Political Science, University of California, Riverside
  • Discussant: Monica Varsanyi, Professor of Political Science, John Jay College & CUNY Graduate Center
  • Co-sponsors: PhD Program in Political Science & PhD Program in Earth and Environmental Sciences, CUNY Graduate Center

March 12, 2021
The President and Immigration Law

  • Adam Cox, Robert A. Kindler Professor of Law, New York University Law School
  • Cristina Rodríguez, Leighton Homer Surbeck Professor of Law, Yale Law School
  • Moderator: Julie Suk, Professor of Sociology, Political Science, and Liberal Studies and Dean for Master’s Programs, CUNY Graduate Center; Florence Rogatz Visiting Professor of Law, Yale Law School
  • Discussant: Anna Law, Associate Professor of Political Science & Herb Kurz Chair in Constitutional Rights, Brooklyn College of CUNY
  • Co-sponsor: PhD Program in Political Science, CUNY Graduate Center 

 
March 26, 2021
The Browning of the New South: Race, Immigration, and Minority Linked Fate

  • Jennifer Jones, Associate Professor of Sociology & Latin American/Latino Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago

April 9, 2021
Reuniting Families: Central American Minors between Separation and Family Reunification

  • Ernesto Castañeda, Associate Professor of Sociology, American University

April 23, 2021
Represented But Unequal: The Contingent Effect of Legal Representation in Removal Proceedings

  • Emily Ryo, Professor of Law and Sociology, University of Southern California Gould School of Law

April 30, 2021
Pursuing Citizenship in the Enforcement Era

  • Ming Hsu Chen, Associate Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School
  • Co-sponsor: PhD Program in Political Science, CUNY Graduate Center

Fall 2020

September 11, 2020
The Great Demographic Illusion: Majority, Minority, and the Expanding American Mainstream

  • Richard D. Alba, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center
  • Panelists: 
    • Douglas S. Massey, Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University
    • John H. Mollenkopf, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center 
    • Mary C. Waters, PVK Professor of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

October 2, 2020
Immigration and the Institutions of Opportunity in a Regional Technology Economy

  • Victor Nee, Frank and Rosa Rhodes Professor of Economic Sociology, Cornell University   

October 23, 2020
Stuck: Why Asian Americans Don’t Reach the Top of the Corporate Ladder

  • Margaret M. Chin, Associate Professor of Sociology, CUNY Hunter College & Graduate Center 
  • Panelist: Vivian S. Louie, Professor of Urban Policy and Planning, CUNY Hunter College 
  • Co-sponsors: CUNY Graduate Center, Advanced Research Collaborative 

October 30, 2020
The Company We Keep: Interracial Friendships and Romantic Relationships from Adolescence to Adulthood

  • Grace Kao, Chair and IBM Professor of Sociology, Yale University 

November 6, 2020
New People, New Places: The Changing Landscape of International Migration in the United States

  • Panelists:
    • Jennifer L. Erickson, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Ball State University 
    • Daniel T. Lichter, Ferris Family Professor of Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University 
    • Helen B. Marrow, Associate Professor of Sociology, Tufts University 
    • Abigail Fisher Williamson, Charles A. Dana Research Associate Professor of Political Science and Public   Policy & Law, Trinity College 

November 20, 2020
Suspect Citizenship: Race and Racism in Contemporary France

  • Jean Beaman, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara 

December 11, 2020
Colonial Migrants at the Heart of Empire: Puerto Rican Workers on U.S. Farms

  • Ismael García-Colón, Associate Professor of Anthropology, CUNY College of Staten Island & Graduate Center

Past Recorded Events

Suspect Citizenship: Race and Racism in Contemporary France

November 20, 2020

Jean Beaman, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara

New People, New Places: The Changing Landscape of International Migration in the United States


November 6, 2020

Jennifer L. Erickson, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Ball State University 
Daniel T. Lichter, Ferris Family Professor of Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University 
Helen B. Marrow, Associate Professor of Sociology, Tufts University 
Abigail Fisher Williamson, Charles A. Dana Research Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy & Law, Trinity College

Panel on Richard Alba's The Great Demographic Illusion (Princeton University Press, 2020)


September 11, 2020

Richard D. Alba, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center

Panelists:

  • Douglas S. Massey, Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University
  • John H. Mollenkopf, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center
  • Mary C. Waters, John L. Loeb Professor of Sociology and PVK Professor of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University