Upcoming CSII Events

Immigrant Integration Books Seminar Series Fall 2014

RSVP for our next #CSIIBookSeries Event:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Intellectual Commons, Room 233
Doheny Library, USC
12:00 PM-1:30 PM

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Featured author, Ana Rosas (Assistant Professor, Chicano/Latino Studies and History, UC Irvine), will discuss her book: Abrazando el Espiritu: Bracero Families Confront the U.S.-Mexico Border (University of California Press, 2014).

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


Save these dates for upcoming events in the #CSIIBookSeries:

This fall CSII invites you to attend a series of discussions with scholars from around the United States about their New Books in Immigrant Integration. 

Download the fall flyer for details >>

  • Tuesday, November 18, 2014
    Alumni Salon, Room 302
    Tutor Campus Center, USC
    12:00 PM-1:30 PM

    Sacrificing Families: Navigating Laws, Labor and Love Across Borders (Stanford University Press, 2014)

    Featuring: Leisy Abrego, Assistant Professor, Chicano/Latino Studies, UCLA


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

    Skills of the Unskilled: Work and Mobility Among Mexican Migrants, (University of California Press, 2015)

    Featuring: Jacqueline Hagan, Robert G. Parr Distinguished Term Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


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To RSVP for any of these events, visit 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

(Event details forthcoming)


Past Events



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