Immigration and the American Experience: 2009-2010 Warren Center Faculty Fellows
DANIEL B. CORNFIELD is a professor in the sociology and political science departments. He has published, edited and co-edited several articles and books including "Immigrant Arts Participation: A Pilot Study of Nashville Artists" in Engaging Arts: The Next Great Transformation of America's Cultural Life (Routledge, 2008), and Labor in the New Urban Battlegrounds: Local Solidarity in a Global Economy (Cornell University Press, 2007). He is a commissioner on the Metro Nashville Human Relations Commission. He is the Spence and Rebecca Webb Wilson Fellow and will co-direct the Warren Center Fellows Program.
KATHERINE M. DONATO is the chair of the department of sociology and the director of the Program in Medicine, Health, and Society. Her research interests include migration between Mexico and the United States, immigrants in the U.S. economy, and ethnic and gender stratification. She has authored and co-authored numerous articles including "The Cat and Mouse Game at the Mexico-U.S. Border: Gendered Patterns and Recent Shifts" in International Migration Review (2008) and "Shifts in the Employment Conditions of Mexican Migrant Men and Women: The Effect of U.S. Immigration Policy" in Work and Occupations (2008).
GARY GERSTLE is the James G. Stahlman Professor of American History. His research interests include immigration, nationality and race, and the role of class in social and political life. He has authored and co-authored several books including Ruling America: A History of Wealth and Power in a Democracy (Harvard, 2005), and American Crucible: Race and Nation in the Twentieth Century (Princeton, 2001), which won the 2001 Saloutos Prize for outstanding work in immigration and ethnic history. He is the Jacque Voegeli Fellow and will co-direct the Warren Center Fellows' Program.
JONATHAN T. HISKEY is an associate professor in the department of political science. His research includes studies in high migration communities in Oaxaca, Mexico and Cochabamba, Bolivia. His most recent articles include "Exit Without Leaving: Political Disengagement in High Migration Municipalities in Mexico" in Comparative Politics (2008) and "The Political Economy of Subnational Economic Recovery in Mexico" in Latin American Research Review (2005). He has co-edited, with Katharine Donato, a forthcoming issue of Annals of the American Academy of Social and Political Sciences, which explores migration patterns across Latin America.
KEVIN M. LEANDER is an associate professor of language and literacy in the department of teaching and learning at Peabody College. His research interests include immigration and its relationship to new media including the relationship between online and offline social practices, human geography, and social practices with digital literacies and new media. He has authored and co-authored several articles including "They Took out the Wrong Context: Uses of Time-Space in the Practice of Positioning" (2008), and has co-edited Spatializing Literacy Research and Practice (Peter Lang Publishing, 2004).
IFEOMA C.K. NWANKWO is an associate professor of English. Her books include Black Cosmopolitanism: Racial Consciousness and Transnational Identity in the Nineteenth-Century Americas (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005), and the forthcoming Rhythms of the Atlantic World: Rituals, Remembrances, and Revisions (Michigan, 2009). In her current project "Voices from Our America: African American Worldviews" she examines the interactions of Latin American, Caribbean, and African immigrant populations.
EFRÉN O. PÉREZ is an assistant professor in the department of political science whose research interests include race, ethnicity, and anti-immigrant opinion. He has most recently co-authored the chapter "Rebuilding Black Voting Rights Before the Voting Rights Act" in The Voting Rights Act: Securing the Ballot (Congressional Quarterly Press, 2005). He has several articles under review, and is working on an article titled "Juan for All: Implicit Attitudes and Public Opposition to Immigration."
JEMIMA PIERRE is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin. She has published several articles, including "The Beacon of Hope for the Black Race" in Cultural Dynamics (2009), and "‘I Like Your Color!' The Local (and Global) Geography of Race in Urban Ghana" in the Feminist Review (2008). Her research interests include social and cultural anthropology in West Africa and the United States, as well as diasporic belonging and national identity formation of postcolonial African immigrants to the United States. She is this year's William S. Vaughn Visiting Fellow.
NINA WARNKE is an assistant professor of European Studies in the Max Kade Center for European and German Studies. Her current book project, tentatively entitled "From Scorn to Nostalgia: Early American Yiddish Theater and the Cultural Politics of the Jewish Immigrant Press" examines nineteenth and twentieth century immigrant Yiddish theater and press and how it negotiates and redefines itself through American culture. She has published several articles, including "Theater as Educational Institution: Jewish Immigrant Intellectuals and Yiddish Theater Reform" in The Art of Being Jewish in Modern Times (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007).
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