Social Science Matters

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is home to a broad range of approaches to social science, all of which we celebrate, from purely theoretical and interpretive research to all manner of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. One of our priorities is to ensure that this exciting social science research connects with the public while showing the relevance of the social sciences to everyday lives and policy. 

Social Science Matters Speaker Series: Perspectives on Migration

Every year, SBS sponsors a speaker series around the theme of Social Science Matters, with a focus on one pressing topic. Our departments invite expert speakers to campus that showcase the contributions of the various social science disciplines to important issues and demonstrate the cross-disciplinary connections within and beyond SBS.  This popular series carried the theme of Inequality in 2014-15, Resistance in 2015-16, and Perspectives on Migration will be the theme for 2016-17.  Well known social science experts such as Doug Massey, Miriam Ticktin, Claire Wardle and George Borjas among many others will speak to a variety of pressing policy and intellectual questions around migration, including how U.S. immigration policy will be impacted by the current presidential candidates and the humanitarian crisis of the current worldwide refugee movement. 

See our full list of speakers for 2016-2017.

Connecting Perspectives on Migration to our Curriculum

Topics on immigration and migration will be incorporated into a number of our classes, such as:

  • LEGAL 393LG Law & Global Migration, Rebecca Hamlin (spring 2016), Leila Kawar (spring 2017)
  • LEGAL  293R Race, Citizenship, and the American Constitution , Rebecca Hamlin
  • PUBPOL 613 The Public Policy Seminar: Migration and Refugee Policy in the US, EU and Middle East, David Mednicoff
  • JOURN 310 Going Global: Changes in International Journalism, Shaheen Pasha, Razvan Sibii
  • FFYS 197POLI5 Immigrant and Black: Caribbean Immigrants and Identity Politics in the U.S., Carlene Edi

Common Read Connection

This year's UMass Common ReadMake Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capó Crucet, is a fictionalized account of the Elián González story.  González, 6-year-old boy in 2000, was at the center of an international custody and immigration controversy involving the governments of Cuba and the United States, his father, Juan Miguel González Quintana, his other relatives in Miami, Florida, and in Cuba, and Miami's Cuban American community. Crucet's novel centers around Lizet, the daughter of Cuban immigrants and the first in her family to graduate from high school.