Upcoming CSII Events

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Thank you to everyone who attended CSII's 2014 events (listed below).


Past Events



Join us Dec. 4th! Black Ethnics - Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream

Please join the USC Department of Political Science and CSII as we welcome Prof. Christina Greer of Fordham University. She will discuss and sign copies of her book, “Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream” which explores the political behaviors of recent African and Caribbean immigrants in a post-Civil Rights era.

Thursday, December 4th, 2014
USC VKC Library, Room 300A (3rd Floor)

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Immigrant Integration Books Seminar Series Fall 2014

Join us for the final #CSIIBookSeries event for the fall semester!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
12:00 PM-1:30 PM
Friends of the Library Room 240

Doheny Library, USC

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Join us for a discussion of Skills of the "Unskilled:" Work and Mobility Among Mexican Migrants, (University of California Press, 2015) with guest panelists:

  • Jacqueline Hagan, Robert G. Parr Distinguished Term Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Luis Sandoval, Building Skills Partnership

RSVP required > http://bitly.com/CSIIevents

For more information, please email csii@dornsife.usc.edu.

Use the hashtag #CSIIBookSeries to follow along or comment via Twitter! 

October 16: CSII proudly co-sponsoring "Dreaming Sin Fronteras"

USC Visions and Voices

Dreaming Sin Fronteras (Dreaming without Borders) tells the stories of undocumented youth through music, visual art and testimony. The multimedia event features “DREAMers” from across L.A.; musicians Shawn King (DeVotchKa), Raul Pacheco (Ozomatli), Ceci Bastida (Tijuana NO!) and Stephen Brackett (The Flobots); and art by Favianna Rodriguez.

Dreaming Sin Fronteras (Dreaming without Borders) will bring to Bovard Auditorium the honest and often heartbreaking stories of undocumented youth through live music, visual art and testimony.

Adapted and directed by Antonio Mercado, this unique production will feature student actors from USC and Jose Julian (A Better Life) along with “DREAMers”—undocumented students who would benefit from a federal Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act—from across Los Angeles.


With live music by Shawn King (DeVotchKa), Raul Pacheco (Ozomatli), Ceci Bastida (Tijuana NO!) and Stephen Brackett (The Flobots) along with visual designs by activist-artist Favianna Rodriguez, this multimedia event will powerfully communicate the narratives of young people whose lives are deeply and devastatingly defined by international borders and immigration laws.


Thursday October 16, 2014

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Bovard Auditorium (ADM)

University Park Campus

Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP at the links below beginning Thursday, September 18, at 9 a.m. 
For more information, email: visionsandvoices@usc.edu
Organized by Josh Kun (Communication). Co-sponsored by USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration and El Centro Chicano.

Graduate Student Research Symposium - Save the Date: October 31, 2014



Central American Immigration: Honoring Pioneers & Charting New Paths

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
University Club, Scriptorium Room, USC

Moderator and Academic Discussant: 
Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, USC Department of Sociology

Nora Hamilton, University of Southern California
Norma Chinchilla, California State University Long Beach

Jennifer Carcamo, Documentary Filmmaker, Children of the Diaspora
Susan Coutin, University of California Irvine
Cecilia Menjivar, Arizona State University
Carlos Vaquerano, Salvadoran American Leadership and Educational Fund (SALEF)

At this event, we honored two pioneering scholar activists, Professors Nora Hamilton and Norma Chinchilla, who helped set in motion the field of Central American immigration studies with their book, Seeking Community in a Global City. The event featured presentations by current researchers and advocates of Central American immigrant communities, and focused the on-going struggles to secure legalization and comprehensive educational and labor rights.

This event was hosted by CSII and co-sponsored by these USC Departments and Organizations: American Studies & Ethnicity, El Centro Chicano, Poiitical Science, and Sociology.



USC Immigration Research Workshop

April 2, 2014
USC Gould School of Law

Southern California Empirical Legal Studies (SCELS) and the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) hosted a USC Immigration Research Workshop, at the USC Gould School of Law.

This workshop drew together diverse USC faculty from law, social sciences, medicine, humanities, and other disciplines interested in immigration-related research. The workshop was an excellent opportunity to network and to learn about immigration-related research taking place on campus.

Manuel Pastor, Professor of Sociology & American Studies and Ethnicity, Co-director of CSII and Director of PERE; Nancy Staudt, Professor and Edward G. Lewis Chair in Law and Public Policy, Vice Dean of Law Faculty & Academic Affairs, and Academic Director of the Schwarzenegger Institute; Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, Professor of Sociology and Associate Director, CSII; Niels Frenzen, Clinical Professor of Law and Director, USC Immigration Clinic; Emily Ryo, Assistant Professor of Law & Sociology


  • Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII), University of Southern California
  • 950 W. Jefferson Blvd
  • JEF 102
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089