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Read ISSI’s Summer Newsletter

July 18, 2017

Our latest newsletter provides an overview of  our recent activities and accomplishments, including a newly-remodeled Center for Latino Policy Research, awards and publications, and a new public health research project in East Africa.

Undocumented Young Adults in the Labor Market

July 4, 2017

Esher Cho, ISSI Graduate Fellow and PhD Candidate in Sociology, has a new article in RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, 3(4), 97–115. Drawing on thirty in-depth interviews with Korean- and Mexican-origin undocumented young adults in California, “Revisiting Ethnic Niches: A Comparative Analysis of the Labor Market Experiences of Asian and Latino Undocumented Young Adults” explores how the intersection of immigration status and ethnoracial background affects social and economic incorporation.

Summer Workshop in Qualitative Research Methods

June 29, 2017

This summer, 12 undergraduate and graduate students from across the US and Puerto Rico participated a six-week workshop hosted by ISSI’s Center for Ethnographic Research. They received mentorship, hands-on research experience, and advanced training in designing and executing a project using qualitative methods from Jocyl Sacramento and Josh Seim and numerous guest speakers.

CLPR Art Exhibit Featured in Mission Local

June 3, 2017

ISSI’s Center for Latino Policy Research has renovated facilities including an art gallery. This article from Mission Local discusses the inaugural exhibit of art by Juana Alicia.

Honors for Trond Petersen

June 2, 2017

ISSI faculty member in residence Trond Petersen was honored with the Berkeley Faculty Service Award. He was recognized for his service in international education, including founding the Peder Sather Center. ISSI provides office space for visiting scholars affiliated with the Peder Sather Center. Professor Petersen was also recently knighted by the Norwegian government.

Fighting for Health Equity in 2017 and Beyond

June 1, 2017

In March 2017, Congresswoman Barbara Lee spoke at an event sponsored by ISSI’s Berkeley Center for Social Medicine. Speaking to a packed audience of students, staff, faculty, and community members, Congresswoman Lee shared her determination to ensure everyone has access to affordable and high-quality healthcare. The video is now available at this link.  The event was covered by the Daily Californian newspaper (click here) and by the Berkeleyan (click here).

The Deep Story of Trump’s America

May 21, 2017

The San Francisco Chronicle featured ISSI affiliated faculty member Arlie Hochschild’s new book, “Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right.” The book is based on five years of research in right-wing rural Louisiana, where she found that residents feel betrayed by the country’s elites.

New Article on Political Belief Systems

April 20, 2017

Andrei Boutyline, ISSI graduate student in residence and PhD Candidate in Sociology, and Stephen Vaisey, Duke University, have a new article, "Belief Network Analysis: A Relational Approach to Understanding the Structure of Attitudes," in the American Journal of Sociology. The article develops a novel correlation network-based method for examining the structure of beliefs.

Oral History of East Bay Regional Park District

April 20, 2017

Laura McCreery, Oral History Project Director at ISSI, will continue her local government research in 2017 under a new contract with the East Bay Regional Park District, a state-sanctioned "special district" serving Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. She will conduct oral histories on aspects of public safety, fire protection, and operations for the 65 parks and 1,250 miles of trails that serve a diverse and active East Bay public. The new projects will expand a long-running series of archival oral histories conducted with the agency's elected board members and administrators, all available to students, scholars, and the public via The Bancroft Library under the catalog title "East Bay Regional Park District oral history series."


Migrant Farm Workers: Their Health Is Our Health

March 9, 2017

Berkeley Wellness featured an interview with Seth Holmes, ISSI faculty member in residence, on his research with migrant farm workers. He discusses his findings about structural barriers to good health and recent changes that have both helped and hurt farm workers.


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