Our Members

Migration Scholar Collaborative (MiSC) is a hub for scholars in the humanities and humanistic social sciences to present their work to journalists, lawmakers and thought leaders. We strive to decriminalize migration and open wider pathways to legal immigration in the US.

Laura Briggs – Professor of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Laura Briggs is an expert on transnational and transracial adoption and on the U.S. history of taking children for political ends.

Recent Publications: Taking Children: A History of American Terror (University of California Press, 2020)

Geraldo Cadava – Associate Professor of History, Northwestern University

Geraldo L. Cadava is a historian of the United States and Latin America. He focuses on Latinos in the United States and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands.

Recent Publication: Standing on Common Ground: The Making of a Sunbelt Borderland (Harvard University Press, 2013 in hardcover, 2016 in paperback)

Alicia Camacho – Chair of Ethnicity, Race and Migration and Professor of American Studies, Yale University

Camacho’s scholarship examines migration, social movements, and cultural politics in North America. She has written articles about transnational labor organizing, gender violence and femicide in Mexico, border governance, and migrant expressive culture.

Recent Publication: Migrant Imaginaries: Latino Cultural Politics in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands (NYU 2008)

Maria Cristina Garcia – Howard A. Newman Professor of American Studies, Cornell University

A 2016 Andrew Carnegie Fellow, Garcia studies refugees, immigrants, and exiles and is currently completing a book on the environmental origins of refugee migrations—the so-called “climate refugees”.

Recent Publication: The Refugee Challenge in Post-Cold War America (Oxford University Press, 2017)

Tanya Golash-Boza – Professor of Sociology, University of California, Merced

Tanya Golash-Boza is a scholar who focuses on gaining a deep understanding of systems of oppression and exploitation. As a writer, speaker, and teacher, she tells stories of people and of systems to help colleagues, students, readers, and listeners understand how racism and capitalism structure our lives and what we need to do to change this country and the world.

Recent Publication: Deported: Immigrant Policing, Disposable Labor and Global Capitalism (New York University Press, 2016)

Adam Goodman – Assistant Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies & History, University of Illinois Chicago

Adam Goodman’s research and teaching interests include migration history and policy; Mexican American and Latina/o history; border and borderlands history; and recent U.S., Mexican, and Central American history. Goodman's writing has appeared in outlets such as the Journal of American History, The Nation, and the Washington Post.

Recent Publication: The Deportation Machine: America’s Long History of Expelling Immigrants (Princeton University Press, 2020)

Carly Goodman – Visiting Assistant Professor of Modern American History, La Salle University

An immigration historian, Carly Goodman completed her Ph.D. in history at Temple University in 2016. She writes frequently for the Washington Post and is co-editor of the Made By History blog at the Washington Post.

Recent Publication: “Selling Ghana greener pastures: Green card entrepreneurs, visa lottery, and mobility,” in special issue “Social Histories of Neoliberalism” (Journal of Social History, Fall 2019)

Torrie Hester – Associate Professor of History, Saint Louis University

Torrie Hester is a U.S. historian interested in immigration, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, law and foreign policy. Her first book, Deportation, chronicles the unsystematic emergence of what has become an internationally recognized legal doctrine, the far-reaching impact of which forever altered what it means to be an immigrant and a citizen

Recent Publication: Deportation: Origins of U.S. Policy (University of Pennsylvania Press, June 2017)

Hidetaka Hirota – Associate Professor of English Studies, Sophia University.

Hidetaka Hirota is an award-winning scholar who specializes in the history of American nativism, American immigration law and policy, and global migration. His first book, Expelling the Poor, examines the origins of immigration control in the United States based on a study of state-level deportation policy in nineteenth-century New York and Massachusetts.

Recent Publication: Expelling the Poor: Atlantic Seaboard States and the Nineteenth-Century Origins of American Immigration Policy (Oxford University Press, 2017)

Karl Jacoby – Allan Nevins Professor of American History, Columbia University

Karl Jacoby is a specialist in environmental, borderlands, and Native American history. His scholarship is distinguished by its close attention to questions of narrative and storytelling, in-depth micro-historical approach, and border-crossing nature.

Recent Publication: The Strange Career of William Ellis: The Texas Slave Who Became a Mexican Millionaire (W. W. Norton & Company, 2016)

Kevin Kenny – Glucksman Professor of History, New York University

Kevin Kenny specializes in the history of immigration in the 19th-century United States. He is currently completing a book about the intersection of immigration policy and slavery from the American Revolution through Reconstruction. He is Director of Glucksman Ireland House at NYU and President of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society (2021-24).

Recent Publication: Diaspora: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press 2013)

Erika Lee – Regents Professor of History and Asian American Studies, University of Minnesota

Erika Lee teaches US History and Asian American Studies at the University of Minnesota where she is a Regents Professor, the Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History, and Director of the Immigration History Research Center.

Lee is the author of four award-winning books including, most recently, The Making of Asian America: A History (Simon & Schuster) and America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States (Basic Books, 2019), which will be published with a new epilogue on xenophobia and racism during the COVID-19 pandemic in June, 2021.

Julian Lim – Associate Professor of History, Arizona State University

Trained in history and law, Julian Lim focuses on immigration, borders, and race, and has taught in both history department and law school settings. Lim's award-winning first book, Porous Borders: Multiracial Migrations and the Law in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands (University of North Carolina Press, 2017), examines the history of diverse immigrants in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, and the development of immigration policy and law on both sides of the border.

Recent Publication: Porous Borders: Multiracial Migrations and the Law in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands (University of North Carolina Press, December 2017)

Carl Lindskoog – Assistant Professor of History, Raritan Valley Community College

A historian of migration and empire, Carl Lindskoog teaches courses in US, African-Aemrican, and Modern Latin American History. He is now in the process of writing a new history of the Sanctuary Movement, from Reagan to Trump.

Recent Publication: Detain and Punish: Haitian Refugees and the Rise of the World's Largest Immigration Detention System (University of Florida Press, 2018)

Kelly Lytle Hernandez – Professor & Thomas E. Lifka Chair of History, University of California, Los Angeles

One of the nation’s leading experts on race, immigration, and mass incarceration, Professor Lytle Hernandez is currently in the completing a new book on the magonista movement, which helped to spark the outbreak of the 1910 Mexican Revolution, and is the Principal Investigator for Million Dollar Hoods, a university-based, community-drive research project that maps the fiscal and human cost of mass incarceration in Los Angeles.

Recent Publication: City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles (University of North Carolina Press, 2017)

Elliott Young – Professor of History, Lewis and Clark College

Elliott Young is a professor of history whose work focuses on Latin America, transnational migration and Borderlands history. In 2003, Young co-founded the Tepoztlán Institute for Transnational History of the Americas, an annual event with the goal of facilitating meaningful exchange between scholars in the United States and Latin America. Young also serves as an expert witness supporting migrants applying for asylum in the United States.

Recent Publication: Forever Prisoners: How the United States Made the World's Largest Immigrant Detention System (Oxford University Press, 2021)

Maddalena Marinari – Associate Professor of History; Peace Studies; and Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies

Maddalena Marinari is a historian whose work focuses on immigration restriction, U.S. immigration policy, and immigrant mobilization. Her first book Unwanted: Italian And Jewish Mobilization Against Restrictive Immigration Laws, 1882–1965 (2020) explores Italian and Jewish mobilization against restrictive immigration laws from 1882 to 1965. Along with Maria Cristina Garcia and Madeline Hsu, she is one of the editors of A Nation of Immigrants Reconsidered: U.S. Society in an Age of Restriction, 1924–1965 (2019), an anthology on the impact of immigration restriction on the United States in the twentieth century. She is also one of the scholars who created the #ImmigrationSyllabus, an online tool for anyone interested in understanding the history behind current debates on immigration.

Recent publication: Unwanted: Italian and Jewish Mobilization against Restrictive Immigration Laws, 1882–1965 (University of North Carolina Press, 2020)

Monica Muñoz Martinez – Associate Professor of History, University of Texas, Austin

Monica Muñoz Martinez is an award-winning author, educator, and public historian dedicated to developing solutions that address racial violence and injustice. Her research specializes in histories of racial violence, policing on the US-Mexico border, Latinx history, women and gender studies, public humanities, digital humanities, and restorative justice.

Recent Publication: The Injustice Never Leaves You: Anti-Mexican Violence in Texas (Harvard University Press, 2018)

Ana Raquel Minian – Associate Professor of History, Stanford University

Ana Raquel Minian is an award-winning author who focuses on the history of Latin American and Caribbean migration to the United States. Her first book, Undocumented Lives: The Untold Story of Mexican Migration (Harvard University Press, 2018) explores how unauthorized migration from Mexico to the United States became an entrenched phenomenon in the years between 1965 and 1986. Recently named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow in 2020, Minian is using her grant to finish a book about immigration detention in the United States.

Recent Publication: Undocumented Lives: The Untold Story of Mexican Migration (Harvard University Press, 2018)

Natalia Molina – Distinguished Professor of American Studies, University of Southern California

Professor Natalia Molina is the author of two award-winning books, How Race Is Made in America: Immigration, Citizenship, and the Historical Power of Racial Scripts and Fit to Be Citizens?: Public Health and Race in Los Angeles, 1879-1940. Her work examines the interconnectedness of racial and ethnic communities through her concept of "racial scripts" which looks at how practices, customs, policies and laws that are directed at one group and are readily available and hence easily applied to other groups. Her book Placemaking at the Nayarit: How a Mexican Restaurant in Los Angeles Nourished its Community (University of California Press) is slated for release in 2022. Professor Molina is beginning research on a new book, The Silent Hands that Shaped the Huntington: A History of Its Mexican Workers.

Recent Publication: “The Enduring Disposability of Latinx Workers,” Public Books, November 20, 2020

Mae Ngai – Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of History, Columbia University

Mae Ngai is a U.S. legal and political historian interested in questions of immigration, citizenship, and nationalism. She is the author of the award-winning Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (2004) and The Lucky Ones: One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America (2010). Ngai has written on immigration history and policy for the Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Nation, and the Boston Review.

Recent Publication: “Now the Trump Administration is trying to Punish Legal Immigrants for Being Poor,” Washington Post, August 9, 2018 (co-authored with Torrie Hester, Mary E. Mendoza and Deirdre Moloney)

A. Naomi Paik – Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

A. Naomi Paik is the author of Rightlessness: Testimony and Redress in U.S. Prison Camps Since World War II. At the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, she is the HRI-Mellon fellow in Legal Humanities (2019-2022) and the Center for Advanced Study’s Resident Associate, organizing a series of events on "Abolition" (2019-present). Her next project brings together environmental, migration, and ethnic studies scholarship to examine the most capacious meaning of sanctuary for all. Her research and teaching interests include U.S. imperialism; U.S. militarism; social and cultural approaches to legal studies; carceral spaces; and labor, race, and migration.

Recent Publication: Bans, Walls, Raids, Sanctuary: Understanding U.S. Immigration for the 21st Century (University of California Press, 2020)

Stephen Pitti – Professor of History and of American Studies, Portland State University

Along with his professorial duties, Stephen Pitti is also the Founding Director of Yale’s Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration, and the Associate Head of Ezra Stiles College. He is the author of The Devil in Silicon Valley: Race, Mexican Americans, and Northern California (2003), American Latinos and the Making of the United States (2012), and articles on Latinx history and historiography. He also directs the Latina/o History Project, which explores ethnic Mexican, Puerto Rican, Dominican, Cuban, and other Latino histories in the United States, their links and divisions, their diversity, and their cultures and politics.

Recent Publications: The World of Cesar Chavez (forthcoming, Yale University Press)

Alex Sager – Associate Professor of Philosophy and University Studies

Alex Sager is a philosophy professor whose research mainly focuses on the ethics and possibilities of change regarding migration and movement. An advocate for open borders, Sager has written a variety of pieces in different mediums pushing forward this public philosophy of compassion over control. He is the founder of the Oregon High School Ethics Bowl which he organizes with his colleagues in the Philosophy Department that brings together dozens of teachers, PSU students, and community members.

Recent Publication: Against Borders (Rowman and Littlefield International, Off the Fence: Morality Politics and Society, 2020)

Josefina Saldaña – Professor of Social & Cultural Analysis, New York University

María Josefina Saldaña-Portillo is a Professor with the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis (SCA) and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at NYU. Her areas of research include Latin American and Latinx Studies, Indigenous Studies, colonization, migration, and comparative race in the Americas, with an emphasis on Central America and Mexico. She provides expert witness testimony for asylum seekers regarding MS 13 and Barrio 18 gang culture, gendered violence against women in Central America (both domestic and gang related), and discrimination based on ethnicity and race.

Recent Publications: "The Violence of Citizenship in the Making of Refugees: The U.S. and Central America," (in Social Text, Fall 2019) and Indian Given: Racial Geographies Across Mexico and the United States (Duke University Press, 2016)

Lucy Salyer – Professor of History, University of New Hampshire

Professor Lucy Salyer teaches a range of courses in modern U.S. history at UNH, including Modern U.S., 1900-1945; Law in American Life; International Law and Human Rights; and Global Migrations. Her research focuses on the history of immigration and citizenship policies in the 19th and 20th centuries. She is the author of Laws Harsh as Tigers: Chinese Immigrants and the Shaping of Modern Immigration Law (1995) and numerous articles. She is able to speak to the media about immigration history, immigration and citizenship policies, birthright citizenship controversy, the Chinese exclusion act, Japanese American internment, and Irish American history. @SalyerLucy

Recent Publications: "Under the Starry Flag: How a Band of Irish Americans Joined the Fenian Revolt and Sparked a Crisis in Citizenship" (Harvard University Press, 2018)

Yael Schacher – Advocate, Refugees International

Yael Schacher is senior U.S. advocate at Refugees International, where she focuses on asylum, refugee admissions, temporary protected status, and humanitarian visas. Prior to joining Refugees International, Yael researched the relationship between immigration and refugee policy for her forthcoming book on the history of asylum in the U.S. since the late nineteenth century. Most recently, Yael was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, where she combined historical research on asylum and advocacy on behalf of asylum seekers.

Recent Publications: "'I Hate to Human Beings Pushed Around By Fate and By Law: Edith Lowenstein's Asylum Advocacy in the 1950s and 1960s," Journal of American Ethnic History special issue, "New Scholarship on Refugees and Asylum" (Spring 2020)

Lynn Stephen – Philip H. Knight Chair & Professor of Anthropology, University of Oregon

Lynn Stephen's scholarly work centers on immigration, asylum and gendered asylum in the U.S., gendered violence, transborder communities, Indigenous immigrants from Latin America, Mexico, and Central America, and Latino community histories in the Northwest. Her current research includes a collaborative project with 11 community-based organizations in Oregon exploring the impact of COVID-19 on farmworker families and another project investigating Indigenous women’s access to justice for gendered violence in Guatemala and in U.S. Imigration courts. She has served as a pro-bono expert witness in more than 100 asylum cases, primarily for Indigenous asylum seekers from Mexico and Central America.

Recent publications: Indigenous Women and Violence: Feminist Activist Research in Heightened States of Injustice, edited by Lynn Stephen and Shannon Speed (University of Arizona Press, 2021) and Stories that Make History: Remembering Mexico through Elena Poniatowska’s Crónicas, (Duke University Press, fall 2021)

Juliet Stumpf – Robert E. Jones Professor of Advocacy and Ethics, Lewis & Clark Law School

Juliet Stumpf is a scholar of crimmigration law, the intersection of immigration and criminal law. Her current research explores innovation in immigration law, and seeks to illuminate the study of immigration law with interdisciplinary insights. She is a co-author of Immigration and Citizenship: Process and Policy (8th ed. West 2016), and will co-author the third edition of Forced Migration: Law and Policy (West). Stumpf is a co-founder of CINETS, a transnational, interdisciplinary network of crimmigration scholars. She sits on the Advisory Group of Oxford University’s academic blog Border Criminologies and the Board of Directors of the Innovation Law Lab.

Recent Publications: The Crimmigration Crisis: Social Control of Global Migration (in progress)

Evan Taparata – Postdoctoral Fellow of Global American Studies at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Harvard University

Evan Taparata’s research and teaching interests revolve around migration, belonging, law, and empire in the 19th and 20th century United States. He is a founding member of the digital collective behind AbusablePast.org—the online companion to the Radical History Review—and he has contributed to a number of digital public history projects, including the Humanities Action Lab’s “States of Incarceration” initiative and the #ImmigrationSyllabus. Taparata is currently at work on his book manuscript, State of Refuge: The Origins of Refugee Law and Policy in the United States. State of Refuge ends when most histories of refugee policy begin.

Recent Publications: “‘Refugees as You Call Them:’ The Politics of Refugee Recognition in the Nineteenth Century United States,” Journal of American Ethnic History special issue, “Historicizing the Present Immigration Moment,” (2019)

Rachel Ida Buff – Professor of History, Coordinator of the Comparative Ethnic Studies, and Director of the Cultures and Communities Program, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Rachel Ida Buff is a writer and practicing historian. She is author of Against the Deportation Terror: Organizing for Immigrant Rights in the Twentieth Century (Temple UP, 2017) and Immigration and the Political Economy of Home (UC Press, 1998), editor of Immigrant Rights in the Shadows of Citizenship (NYU Press: 2008). In addition, she has written numerous essays and articles for a wide range of popular media outlets. Currently, she is working on a book of essays entitled Thinking Like a Caravan as well as a novel: Holy Toledo. She organizes with Never Again Action- Wisconsin and Voces de la Frontera.

Recent Publications: A is for Asylum Seeker: Words for People on the Move/A de Asilo: Palabras para Personas en Movimiento (Fordham, 2020)

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