I teach courses on immigration, the family, education, race/ethnicity, and inequality.

Immigrant Experiences and the Family

Migration processes shape the composition of families through separation and reunification. Importantly, immigration laws in the United States have centered on the family. However, immigration policies also place families at risk of separation. This course addresses the contemporary experiences of immigrants and their families, including family formation, detention/deportation, education, and labor. We undertake a multi-method approach by encountering texts from researchers who draw upon survey, demographic, interview, and/or ethnographic data to analyze the role of immigration policies and practices on the experiences of immigrant families.

Inequality and Education

Educational attainment has been framed as instrumental for upward mobility. However, educational spaces can reproduce inequality. This course uses an intersectional approach to consider the role of race, class, gender, and immigration status in the educational experiences of children from kindergarten through 12th grade and young adults in college. Quantitative approaches can highlight representative patterns in educational performance and attainment while qualitative approaches can provide a textured viewpoint in day-to-day educational experiences. We draw on both to understand educational disparities and their short and long-term consequences.

Law and Adolescence: Children of Immigrants

This course draws upon a lifecourse approach to better understand the role of laws and policies in each major stage of childhood – from birth, pre-kindergarten, early childhood, to adolescence. The course is organized thematically, beginning with theories and frameworks scholars have used to better understand different points in childhood and children’s’ outcomes. We draw upon a multi-method approach and encounter both qualitative and quantitative methods in texts. We explore areas of interest around childhood and the law, including immigrant illegality and the family, child-parent relationships, and family structure. Our analysis of children’s outcomes center educational performance, health, and wellbeing.

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