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|Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 2003|
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HONORS, AWARDS, GRANTS RECEIVED
(External funding only)
National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). "The Effects of Insiderness on Data in the Dominican Republic" ($336,050 Award #R21HD054731). With Alexander A. Weinreb and Guy Stecklov (Sana P.I.), 2009-2011.
Louisana Board of Regents, Research and Development Program, Research Competitiveness Subprogram. "When Foreigners Take Over: A Case Study of Highly Skilled Migration" ($124,259 over three years), 2008-2009
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. "Decomposition of the Change in the Migrant-to-Native Scientist & Engineer Ratio" ($9,796), 2007-2008
American Sociological Association & National Science Foundation. Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline Award (FAD). "An Experiment on Fieldwork Expert Guess" ($6,974), 2004-2005
Survey Data Collection
My current research work is devoted to the following three themes:
"Skilled migration to the United States: I am studying various aspects of the migration of college-educated workers to the United States, including general trends and various labor market impacts. I am devoting some extra attention to the case of scientists and engineers and to the controversies surrounding the specific visa program for these professionals.
" Chess Migration: A large number of chess grandmasters from the former Soviet Union moved to the West after the collapse of communism. The U.S. case is striking: 16 of the 20 top rated U.S. chess players are from the former Soviet Union. I am studying this phenomenon as a case study of highly skilled migration into a tight market. Chess is, of course, a relatively small world, but the dynamics of this striking migration flow can be useful to understand migration in mainstream occupational fields.
"Data Editing, Insiderness and Other Survey Data Collection Issues: I study data collection issues typically ignored by methodological manuals but that are nevertheless ubiquitous. For example, how do survey fieldwork teams deal with inconsistent or missing data? Who is best suited to edit data>? What happens when interviewers in a multilingual setting run out of translated questionnaires? (Yes, this is a common problem in African surveys.) What happens if respondernts are interviewed not by strangers, as conventional practice recommends, but by people they know? I investigate these situations and their effects on data quality.
Sana, Mariano. Forthcoming. "Immigrants and Natives in U.S. Science and Engineering Occupations: 1994-2006." Demography.
Weinreb, Alexander A. and Mariano Sana. 2009. "The Effects of Questionnaire Translation on Demographic Data and Analysis" Population Research and Policy Review 28(4):429-454.
Sana, Mariano, and Alexander A. Weinreb. 2008. "Insiders, Outsiders, and the Editing of Inconsistent Survey Data." Sociological Methods and Research 36(4):515-541.
Sana, Mariano. 2008. "Growth of Migrant Remittances from the United States to Mexico, 1990-2004." Social Forces, 86(3):995-1025.
Sana, Mariano, and Douglas S. Massey. 2007. "Family and Migration in Comparative Perspective: Reply to King." Social Science Quarterly 88(3):908-911.
Sana, Mariano, and Chiung-Yin Hu. 2006. "Is International Migration a Substitute for Social Security?" Well-being and Social Policy 2(2):27-48. Spanish version"Migracion Internacional: Sustituto de la Seguridad Social?" Bienestar y Politica Social 2(2):29-51.
Sana, Mariano. 2005. "Buying Membership in the Transnational Community: Migrant Remittances, Social Status and Assimilation." Population Research and Policy Review 24(3):231-261.
Sana, Mariano, and Douglas S. Massey. 2005. "Household Composition, Family Migration and Community Context: Migrant Remittances in Four Countries." Social Science Quarterly 86(2):509-528.