The Migration Studies Workshop aims to foster a community of scholars, build networks and promote social science studies of international migration from a range of methodologies and perspectives. For 2023-2024, the work in progress series will meet virtually on the second Thursday of every month, including including February 15, 2024, March 7, 2024, and April 25th, 2024. Information regarding discussion topics will be shared soon. In-person sessions will be held in the 5th floor conference room at CISS (704 Commonwealth Ave).

The workshop welcomes submissions from graduate students, postdocs, faculty and applied researchers who wish to present and receive feedback on their work in preparation, whether it is a conference paper, a journal article, a book chapter or a research proposal. Selected applicants will prepare a draft paper for circulation to participants prior to the Workshop meeting. In consultation with Workshop organizers, they will have the opportunity to invite an expert in the field to offer comments on their work.


February 15, 2024 3:30 to 5 p.m.

GSU 239 (Terrace Lounge), 775 Commonwealth Ave.

Migrants Who Care: Building Lives in U.S. Health Care by Fumilayo Showers


Fumilayo Showers, University of Connecticut

Cinzia D. Solari, University of Massachusetts-Boston

Kafayat Mahmoud, Boston University

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March 7, 2024 3:30 to 5 p.m.

CISS, 704 Commonwealth Ave, 5th Floor

The Opportunity Trap: High-Skilled Workers, Indian Families, and the Failures of the Dependent Visa Program by Pallavi Banerjee


Pallavi Banerjee, University of Calgary

Cheryl Llewellyn, University of Massachusetts- Lowell

Natasha Warikoo, Tufts University

April 25, 2024 3:30 to 5 p.m.

GSU 239 (Terrace Lounge), 775 Commonwealth Ave

Contested Americans: Mixed-Status Families in Anti-Immigrant Times by Cassaundra Rodriguez


Cassaundra Rodriguez, University of Nevada

Isabel Martinez, Northeastern University

Sarah Sherman-Stokes, Boston University

Direct questions to: Celeste Curington (CAS/Sociology, or Nazli Kibria (CAS/Sociology,, co-organizers of  the Works in Progress Migration Workshop. Please sign up for Workshop mailings here.

Migration Workshop Invites Participants for AY 2023-24

CFP 2024-2025 Works in Progress (Boston Area Migration Workshop)

In order to apply, please fill out this google form. You will be asked to upload a current CV, as well as an extended abstract for your paper (800-1000 words). There are also a series of questions about the intended goal or outcome of the work in preparation, schedule availability, and possible expert discussants to comment on your work. Please submit proposals by September 1st, 2024.