Sociology M236B: International Migration

Quarter: Spring 2017
Instructor: Rubén Hernández-León

(Formerly numbered 236B.) (Same as Geography M243.) Lecture, three hours. Further exploration of key current theoretical debates in study of international migration, with emphasis on exploring both theoretical debates of field and empirical data and case studies on which those debates hinge, to encourage students to undertake research in field. S/U or letter grading. --- Rubén Hernández-León is Professor of Sociology at UCLA and Director of the UCLA Center for Mexican Studies. He is the author of Metropolitan Migrants: the Migration of Urban Mexicans to the United States (UC Press, 2008), which received the Thomas and Znanieckibest book award from the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association in 2010. He is also coauthor of Skills of the “Unskilled”: Work and Mobility among Mexican Migrants (UC Press, 2015) and co-editor of New Destinations: Mexican Immigration in the United States (Russell Sage Foundation, 2005). His research focuses on new developments of Mexico-U.S. migration and the role of the migration industry in international migration. He is currently working on a book based on a 20 year study of a new destination of Mexican immigration in the U.S. South and a series of papers on the migration industry operating the H-2 temporary worker visa program. He recently guest edited a special issue of the journal Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos on return migration from the U.S. to Mexico with a focus on children, families and schools. His papers have been published inSocial Forces, Work and Occupations, Social Science Quarterly, International Migration Review, Hommes & Migrations, Southern Rural Sociology, Revue Géographie et Cultures,Traces, Ciudades, Vetas, Estudios Sociológicos, Trayectorias, and several edited volumes in Spanish, English, French, Chinese and Japanese.