Mia Diaz-Edelman

Mia Diaz-Edelman

Mia Diaz-Edelman

miad@bu.edu

BIO AND RESEARCH

Mia Diaz-Edelman’s dissertation research is on the Immigrant Rights Movement in San Diego County. Immigrant Rights Movement activists from interfaith, faith-based, and secular organizations in San Diego County have committed to obtaining “just and humane comprehensive immigration reform.”  Despite personal sacrifice, repeated setbacks, and much diversity among them, activists strive to improve the quality of life for documented and undocumented immigrants.  Her project is aimed at understanding the reasons, processes, efforts, and outcomes of religious and secular collaborations within this nonviolent, interfaith movement.  She is interested in the role of values, beliefs, religious symbols, and organizational structures in helping bridge across differences to create a larger social movement base through coalition-building. Forty-nine in-depth, formal interviews were conducted from April 2006 until November 2008.  Data continues to be gathered through media sources and follow-up correspondences from eleven interfaith, faith-based, and secular organizations.

While gathering data in San Diego County, Mia Diaz-Edelman was a Guest Scholar at the University of San Diego’s Center for Comparative Immigration Studies.

During this time, she also became a member of the Espacio USA Vanguardia Latina Community, a network of Latino and Latinoamericano leaders in academia, government, and media.

Her research interests include: interfaith collaboration, lived religion, immigration, transnationalism, immigration laws, immigrant health, gender dynamics, social change, social movements, race and ethnic relations, Latinos and Catholicism, politics and power, political identities, sustainable business practices, and environmentalism.