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From First-Generation College Student to Tenure-Track Faculty Member

David Hernández, Assistant Professor of Latino/a studies at Mount Holyoke College and former ISSI Graduate Fellow, shares his experiences as a first-generation college student in this essay in the Chronicle of Higher Education, "A First-Generation Student’s Survival Strategy: Work More, Sleep Less."

States of Incarceration

ISSI former Graduate Fellow Sarah Lynn Lopez and her students at University of Texas, Austin, created this exhibit on the architecture of immigrant detention facilities in Texas. The project unveils the architecture of detention and migrants’ experiences in detention centers by documenting where they are, what they are, and who they incarcerate. Sarah is Assistant Professor of Architecture at UT and was awarded a Mellon Fellowship in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities to spend 2016-17 at Princeton University.

New Book by Eric Pido on Circuits of Migration and Processes of Connection between the Philippines and California

In Migrant Returns: Manila, Development, and Transnational Connectivity (Duke University Press 2017),  Eric J. Pido examines the complicated relationship among the Philippine economy, Manila’s urban development, and balikbayans—Filipino migrants visiting or returning to their homeland—to reconceptualize migration as a process of connectivity. Focusing on the experiences of balikbayans returning to Manila from California, Pido shows how Philippine economic and labor policies have created an economy reliant upon property speculation, financial remittances, and the affective labor of Filipinos living abroad. Eric is a former ISSI Graduate Fellow and currently Associate Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University

Award for Research on Solitary Confinement in American Prisons

Keramet Reiter, Assistant Professor at UC Irvine and former ISSI Graduate Fellow, was awarded the 2017 American Society of Criminology's prestigious Ruth Cavan Young Scholar Award, a major recognition of her work. The award highlights outstanding scholarly contributions to the discipline of criminology by a scholar who has received his or her degree within the past five years. The award recognizes her book 23/7: Pelican Bay Prison and the Rise of Long Term Solitary. Drawing on the research she did for her book, Reiter explains how to improve the conditions and processes of solitary confinement in this Los Angeles Times editorial. She argues for involving guards in reform and for providing them with more resources, in addition to setting clear time limits for solitary confinement, ensuring that prisoners are in humane conditions, and providing mental health treatment. 

New Book by Willow Lung-Amam on Immigrants and the "American Dream" in a Silicon Valley Suburbbook cover

Willow Lung-Amam, former ISSI Graduate Fellow and currently Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at the University of Maryland, College Park, has a new book. “Trespassers? Asian Americans and the Battle for Suburbia” (University of California Press 2017) follows one Silicon Valley community as it transforms from a sleepy rural town to one of the nation's largest Asian American–majority cities. The book highlights the passionate efforts of Asian Americans to make Silicon Valley their home by investing in local schools, neighborhoods, and shopping centers. It also provides a textured tale of the tensions that emerge over this suburb's changing environment.


Analyzing Activism: This is What Democracy Looks Like!

Dawn Dow and colleagues have been conducting research at protests since the Trump inauguration to understand the motivations and civic engagement of participants. Their findings from the Women's March in Washington, DC in January are reported in this Sociological Images blog and this Science of Us article. This article on The Conversation reports on the Women’s March, the March for Science and the People’s Climate March, showing intriguing similarities among the participants. Dawn is a former ISSI Graduate Fellow and now Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of Maryland, College Park.

book coverNew book by Patrisia Macías-Rojas Provides a "Street-Level" Perspective on Immigration Enforcement in the US

From Deportation to Prison: The Politics of Immigration Enforcement in Post-Civil Rights America” is a new book by Patrisia Macías-Rojas, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago, and former ISSI Graduate Fellow. Drawing on over a decade of ethnographic and archival research, the book explores how mass incarceration and law and order policies of the past forty years have transformed immigration and border enforcement. She provides a “street-level” perspective on how this newly punitive regime has serious lived implications for the day-to-day actions of Border Patrol agents, local law enforcement, civil and human rights advocates, and for migrants and residents of predominantly Latina/o border communities.


Authorities, Institutions, and Gang Members Are the Focus of New Book by Victor Rios

In his new book Human Targets (University of Chicago Press 2017), Victor Rios, Associate Professor of Sociology at UC Santa Barbara and former ISSI Graduate Fellow, follows young gang members into schools, homes, community organizations, and detention facilities, watches them interact with police, grow up to become fathers, get jobs, get rap sheets—and in some cases get killed. Rios makes a powerful case that the traditional good kid/bad kid, street kid/decent kid dichotomy is much too simplistic, arguing instead that authorities and institutions help create these identities—and that they can play an instrumental role in providing young people with the resources for shifting between roles.


New Book by Katrinell Davis on Gender and Racial Inequality Among Transit Workers

Katrinell Davis, Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of Vermont and former ISSI Graduate Fellow, has a new book published: Hard Work Is Not Enough: Gender and Racial Inequality in an Urban Workspace (University of North Carolina Press, 2017). Drawing on archival material and interviews with African American women transit workers in the San Francisco Bay Area, Davis grapples with our understanding of mobility as it intersects with race and gender in the postindustrial and post–civil rights United States. She provides a comprehensive account of how political, social, and economic factors work together to shape the culture of opportunity in a postindustrial workplace.



New Article on Gender and Sexuality in the Neo-liberal Public High School

Susan Woolley, former ISSI Graduate Fellow and now Assistant Professor of Educational Studies at Colgate University, has a new article in Gender and Education.  "Contesting silence, claiming space: gender and sexuality in the neo-liberal public high school" is based on an ethnographic study of a California high school and "challenges us to think through how ‘safe spaces’ to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning are marked and contested through semiotic means in the social landscape of the neo-liberal public high school."

Trump Accused of Giving 'a Shot of Adrenalin' to Canadian Racists

Fidan Elcioglu, former ISSI Graduate Fellow and now Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, is quoted in this article about racism in Canada after Trump’s election. "His unfiltered rhetoric may sound disturbing to much of America, but much of America has been masking its existing biases for decades." 

Disenfranchisement Due to Debt

In 30 states, people who owe debts from criminal and court fees cannot vote. In this Washington Post op-ed, Karin Martin and Anne Stuhldreher argue that “withholding voting rights because of debt tells those with a criminal history: You don’t get a say. It means that, after having otherwise paid their debt to society, individuals with previous convictions are cut off from civic engagement.” Karin is a former ISSI Graduate Fellow and now assistant professor of Public Management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Genevieve Negrón-Gonzales Honored as Emerging Leader

Genevieve Negrón-Gonzales, Assisstant Professor in the Department of Leadership Studies in the School of Education at the University of San Francisco, received the 2016 Emerging Leader Award from the Chicana/Latina Foundation.  The Chicana/Latina Foundation is a non-profit organization which promotes professional and leadership development of Latinas. Read more about Genevieve and her numerous contributions here.

Article on Day Laborers, Race, and Illegality Wins Award

In his  article in Latino Studies,  “Racialized illegality: The regulation of informal labor and space," Juan Herrera analyzes “the construction of racialized forms of difference between indigenous and nonindigenous Latino workers, based on an examination of their solicitation practices at day labor hiring zones.” The article was recognized with the Distinguished Contribution to Research Article Award from the Latino/a Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. Juan is a former ISSI Graduate Fellow and currently Assistant Professor of Geography at UC Los Angeles.

New Article on MUNI Bus Drivers and Neoliberal Time Discipline

Mark Fleming, former ISSI Graduate Fellow and currently a visiting scholar at BCSM, has a new article, “Mass Transit Workers and Neoliberal Time Discipline in San Francisco,” in American Anthropologist. In the article, based on ethnographic research with bus drivers, he shows how “neoliberal time discipline works to delegitimize the wage labor contract itself and to fracture the social arrangements of long-term, waged employment.”


New Book on Marriage Promotion in the US

Congratulations to former ISSI Graduate Fellow Jennifer Randles on her new book, Proposing Prosperity: Marriage Education Policy and Inequality in America (Columbia University Press 2016). Jennifer is Assistant Professor of Sociology at CSU Fresno. Drawing on ethnographic research in government-funded marriage classes for low-income couples and interviews with participants and providers, "she takes the reader inside healthy marriage classrooms to reveal how their curricula are reflections of broader issues of culture, gender, governance, and social inequality. In analyzing the implementation of healthy marriage policy, Randles questions whether it should target individual behavior or the social and economic context of that behavior."


Can philanthropy alleviate inequality? Do anti-poverty programs work on the ground? 

In her new book, Erica Kohl-Arenas, former ISSI Graduate Fellow and now Assistant Professor at The New School, bores deeply into how these issues play out in California’s Central Valley, simultaneously one of the wealthiest agricultural production regions in the world and home to the poorest people in the United States. The Self-Help Myth: How Philanthropy Fails to Alleviate Poverty reveals how philanthropy maintains systems of inequality by attracting attention to the “behavior” of poor people while shifting the focus away from structural inequities and relationships of power that produce poverty. In Fresno County, for example, which has a $5.6 billion plus agricultural industry, migrant farm workers depend heavily on food banks, religious organizations, and family networks to feed and clothe their families. 


Planning for Social Justice

Congratulations to Fernando Burga, former ISSI Graduate Fellow and now Assistant Professor in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. He received an award from the American Planning Association for his work with community organizers in the Greater Washington neighborhood of San Jose, CA

Civilian Oversight of Police

Loan Le, former ISSI Graduate Fellow and now President of the Institute for Good Government and Inclusion, has a new article out with Maitria Moua. In “Civilian Oversight and Developments in Less Lethal Technologies: Weighing Risks and Prioritizing Accountability in Domestic Law Enforcement,” they give clear recommendations for how to manage new “electromagnetic warfare” being used by police departments.

Learning from Dying Friends

Corey Abramson, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Arizona and former ISSI Graduate Fellow, shares his research on social networks and inequality among the elderly in this Arizona Daily Star Op-Ed.

Cid Martinez’s The Neighborhood Has Its Own Rules: Latinos and African Americans in South Los Angeles Now Available

The Neighborhood Has Its Own Rules: Latinos and African Americans in South Los Angeles The Neighborhood Has Its Own Rules: Latinos and African Americans in South Los Angeles by Cid Martinez, former CRSC Graduate Fellow and Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of San Diego, was recently published (NYU Press, 2016). Based on in-depth ethnographic field work collected when Martinez lived and worked in schools in South Central, this study reveals the day-to-day ways in which social institutions in South LA— its churches, its local politicians, and even its gangs—have reduced conflict and kept violence to a level that is manageable for its residents. 




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