Past Visiting Scholars
Julie Park is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Asian American Studies at the University of Maryland. Her research focuses on the adaptation process of immigrants in the United States which includes the areas of immigration, demography, race and urban studies. Julie studies how immigrants improve their socioeconomic status with longer duration in the U.S. She also considers how residential segregation changes in new and established immigrant gateways.
James B. Pick
James B. Pick is a Professor of Management and Business at the University of Redlands. James is an expert on urban studies and geographic information systems (GIS). He is the author and co-author of eleven books, including Geo-Business: GIS in the Digital Organization (John Wiley and Sons, 2008), and exploring the Urban Community: A GIS Approach, 2nd edition (Prentice Hall, 2011). Dr. Pick has written over 120 journal articles, book chapters, and referee proceedings in the research areas of management information systems, GIS, population, urban studies and renewable energy.
Giulia Maria Dotti Sani
Giulia Maria Dotti Sani is a PhD candidate in the Doctoral School in Sociology and Social Research at the University of Trento. With an MA with distinction in Social Sciences from the University of Milan, her research areas include family and social stratification. Her methodological interests include event history techniques, time budget analysis, multilevel modeling, and in-depth interviewing. She is currently researching the distribution of paid work and domestic chores in Italian households and its consequences for fertility behavior and social inequalities.
Monica Boyd, the Canada Research Chair in Immigration, Inequality and Public Policy at the University of Toronto, visited Winter, 2010. Author of numerous publications, her current research focuses on immigrant inequality in the labor force, the migration of high skilled labor and related re-accreditation difficulties, the social construction of ethnicity, and the socio-economic achievements of immigrant offspring. She holds a research grant from the (Canadian) Social Science and Humanities Research Council on language proficiency and the economic incorporation of immigrants. Boyd is President, Academy II (Social Sciences) of the National Academy, the Royal Society of Canada; President, Canadian Sociological Association; and a long-time member of the National Statistics Council.
Leisy Abrego, a UCLA Ph.D. and now an Assistant Professor of Chicano & Chicana Studies at UCLA, visited as a UC Presidential Post-doctoral Fellow in the School of Social Sciences. Among her publications is "Economic Well-Being in Salvadoran Transnational Families: How Gender Affects Remittance Practices,” which appeared in Journal of Marriage and Family in 2009. She is working on a book, Distant Inequalities: Immigration Laws and Gender in Salvadoran Transnational Families.