International Migration, Development & Citizenship
In this concentration, you'll examine the interconnection among local and global forces that shape the emergence of migration and refugee movements across national borders. You will consider the systemic impacts that such movements have on the economic and human development of nations and communities of origin as well as destination.
Examining multiple depictions, in non-fiction and fiction, of the construction of borderlands and of the causes and consequences of migration and displacement—particularly with regard to the United States, this concentration will promote critical analysis of migrants’ unequal access to political and other societal institutions. The socio-economic, spatial, linguistic, and cultural citizenship hierarchies that often result from these inequities will also be examined.
In each course, you’ll explore the cultural creations, religious practices, political responses and different types of capitals (human, cultural and social) associated with past and present immigrant waves. Special attention is paid to the historical, intellectual, and social roots and consequences of immigration policies at the global, national and local levels. Most generally, the concentration considers the factors shaping cultures and practices of “inclusion” and “exclusion” and the impact of both on second and subsequent generations.